Monthly Archives: September 2008

Summer’s Over

Summer is over in the Dells. The weather, which had been unseasonably warm in September, turned seasonal today, with a high around 60, and it looks like October weather is coming tomorrow with the change in calendar month. The trees … Continue reading

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Glasses

I’ve spent more time this week thinking about glasses than I’d have liked to, but it seems to have been time well spent. I’ve worn glasses since I was in fifth grade, so glasses are nothing new to me. In … Continue reading

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McCain Wins! Uh, maybe not …

John McCain’s campaign ran ads this afternoon announcing that McCain won tonight’s debates. Fair and square, but perhaps a bit premature, since the debate isn’t going to begin until tonight. It reminds me how Dewey snatched defeat from the jaws … Continue reading

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Obama Alley

The folks up on Christmas Mountain, I was told last night, call our stretch of Berry Road “Obama Alley”, because all seven houses on the half mile of road in Delton Township sport Obama yard signs at the driveway entrances. … Continue reading

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Counterpoints

Michael and I built a train wall, centered around and honoring the H.H. Bennett photo I was given last week. It is quite simple and stark, and we both like it, having lived with it now for a few days. … Continue reading

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American 4-4-0

I’ve always thought that the American 4-4-0’s, the mainstay of mid-19th Century railroading in this country, were a beautiful engine, light and lean, a bit like a steam-driven greyhound. We have two American 4-4-0’s at the little railroad, Number 98 … Continue reading

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Trapped

“A lot of people were praying, and I believe Sarah Palin is God’s answer.” – James Dobson, Focus on the Family, in a statement endorsing John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Like, I suspect, a lot … Continue reading

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Chicago

I traveled quickly to Chicago Sunday evening for my semi-annual doctor’s appointment on this morning, staying overnight with Rebecca and David after dinner at Florian’s and an hour’s visit with the Anastaplos. I was struck by how little connection I … Continue reading

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A Moment’s Respite …

Chris is coming from Chicago this afternoon, and he is delayed. I’d arranged the day on the assumption that he would be here mid-afternoon, but a series of conference calls delayed his departure, so I’ve got an unexpected hour or … Continue reading

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September

Yesterday, a sparkling day with temperatures in the low 70’s and a gentle breeze from the north, was a day with the promise of fall in the air. As I was driving to the railroad about seven in the morning, … Continue reading

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