Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I should probably get over my puns. Okay, I can't resist. My ride in the morning was kinda screwy:



Actually, I think that is a lag bolt. Anchor bolt? Something. But something that cut the casing of my tire down in a hurry.

Thankfully, I always carry a pretty sizable boot, made from a section of old tire, and it did the trick to get me to work.

Just to prove these Tacoma streets ain't messin' around, it also finished off my front fender, and I noticed a bolt for the rear one had rattled out. I am certainly looking forward to getting full metal fenders on the 2010 Clubman.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This Just in: Roman Emperors Smoked Popular American Cigarettes


Okay, Yours Truly has never been down with the cancer, or else I likely would've noticed this before, but, what the heck?

At a grocery store, I saw a couple of posters for cigarettes. Avoiding all the politics involved with this discussion, I noticed a little crest on the oversized package of Marlboros on the poster. Around some little heraldic insignia, it read, "Vini, Vidi, Vici." As in, Julius Caesar -- or at least attributed to him.

Today, Rome, tomorrow, the world!

Next to it was a poster for Pall Malls. Curious, then, I looked at it and found they had gone a little bit ahead in Roman history. Here we had, "In Hoc Signo Vinces," which, of course, is Constantine. Okay, fine, a common Latin rendering of a Greek phrase that theoretically began Rome's conversion to christianity, but, whatever. You get the idea.

What the heck has this got to do with cigarettes?

Alea Iacta Est!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

My random combing of the internet has found this blog: http://waiterrant.net/ . I don't know much more about it -- it was a random rant about decaf coffee that lead me here -- but it's really good writing so far.

He is far more eloquent, to say nothing of a lot wordier, than Yours Truly of late. So, while you are reading that, you can look at a few more pictures here:

Check out Sapphire Pond. It kind of reminds me of Little Crater Lake in Oregon: improbable depths in a small space, beautiful clear blue water. The difference, of course, is that while Little Crater is icy cold -- so cold that bacteria canot live -- Sapphire is super blue because it it's some kind of superheated geothermal suchandsuch. It's REALLY hot. I'm talking, 150 degrees.



Here is probably the ubiquitous Yellowstone picture: Bison in the road.

There are lots of Bison at Yellowstone. They are often in the Road.

It's a national park, so hour-long bison jams are are just kind of par for the course.



Here's M checking out the Grand Tetons. They really do look like a postcard.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

For my next trick, I will perform "quantitative easing" of my bank balance.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009