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Weekend Update: Opossum Addendum

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Can’t believe I forget this, but on Friday night we were watching TV when we heard the cat yowl from our screen porch. We ran out there to see what was going on, and he was freaked out by something in the yard that we couldn’t see. He would randomly hiss, so we figured there was another cat out there somewhere. About an hour later, my wife was sitting in the porch when she heard something in the bushes. She shined a flashlight in there and found….

An opposum.



We’ve seen two or three of these guys over the past few years, but never one so close to the house. So cuddly and vicious.

Ant War II: This Time, It’s Personal

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I headed downstairs this morning, with vacuum in hand (and before my first cup of coffee) to clean up dirt that Sprocket had flung out of one of the potted plants. While I was cleaning that up, I noticed them. Dozens of winged ants. They were back for more.

If you heard a sudden string of curse words coming from the southern metro area this morning at about 6:30 AM, that was me. Sorry about that.

I had noticed some building outside a few weeks ago, but nothing to the extent of last year’s palatial ant palaces. I went after them immediately with ant spray and baits, and thought that was the last I’d see of them. I should have known on Sunday when I saw one winged ant crawl out of the freshly sprayed colony that I’d have trouble this morning.

So, after attacking with the vacuum cleaner and soaping and Windexing the patio door, I’m headed outside this morning (probably after a quick bike ride, but more about that in a second) to set up a few ant baits, which look remarkably like Starcraft bunkers. Fitting, as the little bastards totally Zerg rushed me this morning. I’ll head to Menards later and see if I can find some Terro Siege Tanks.

I headed off yesterday morning (before it got too oppressively hot and humid) for another bike ride. I’m continuously amazed at what I’m finding as far as parks go in my neighborhood. Yesterday’s travels took me to a trail only two blocks from my house, with a long winding paved trail and an impressive selection of singletrack – well, impressive for me. Throwing caution to the wind, I plunged into the woods, winding up and down and around a hill. At one point, I was zipping down the hill, feeling proud of myself, when my back tire slipped out and I ran into a small tree. LOLZ. I was able to slow down enough before I caused any damage to myself, bike, or tree, so it’s all good. After finding my way out of the woods, I explored the rest of the park, which has several bridges, a small river, and of all things, archery targets. I think today I’ll head back and explore more of the wider, less chaotic trail I found on Sunday. I should actually do that soon, as the heat index is supposed to hit 105 today.

Pictures Are Unrelated

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I had a fairly strange and random day yesterday, requiring me to get up fairly and early in order to get to a morning service call. The service call itself was interesting, I had to setup a few laptops, and doing so required me to call Amsterdam.

Getting up bright and early allowed me to witness this out of my patio door:



They’re brave. It must be all the cereal we feed them. We’ve created bunnies fortified with 11 essential vitamins and minerals.

After my first call got done, I made a quick stop at a Jimmy John’s for a sandwich to take on the road. I also just happened to be near one of my favorite music stores, My Music Store, so I stopped in to see what was new. They do have a 2X12 cabinet I’ve had my eye on for a while, and they also had this:


After a fairly frightening but straight forward service call, I headed back home, with a quick stop at another of my favorite music stores, American Guitar and Band. They also had a 2X12 for me to try out. My suspicions were confirmed; I really like the sound of a 2X12. I’d love to be in the middle of a rig redesign, but unfortunately funds aren’t going to let that happen. Unless something unfortunate happened to one of my cabinets…

Today is shed day. Pics coming soon!

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