It’s Hawaii Week!

August 08, 2011

Filed in: Hawaii, Kansas, The Home Front

Along about January or February or possibly as late as March, when it became clear that the 50th State project was pretty much dead in the water and T wasn’t going to get a job before the severance ran out and the health care self-pay wasn’t going to drop below $800 per month, I penciled out this...

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July 4—tick tick, boom boom

July 05, 2010

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota, The Way We Live Now

Happy bday, USA.

I celebrated by standing alone (don’t ask) for three hours watching a hometown parade in a town that was not my hometown. The barrier to entry for this particular parade was charmingly low—if you owned a motor vehicle, preferably some kind of large truck, and/or could reliably...

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My states! My poor states!

April 04, 2009

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota

Okay, first, you may have seen that Mt. Redoubt erupted and has pretty much kept on erupting since March 22. We flew right beside Redoubt – it’s on the same peninsula as where we went bear viewing.

In fact, while we were taking our scary/thrilling ride over there, L., the broken crazy bearish...

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How It Will All End

July 30, 2007

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota

So here’s the plan: Kansas. Alaska. Hawaii. The extreme ends and the smack middle of these our United States.

(Somewhere a little northwest of Lebanon, KS is the geographic center of the lower 48 states. The geographic center of all 50 United States is outside of Castle Rock, SD but I’ve...

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How It All Began

July 23, 2007

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota

Close to six years ago, C’s second-grade teacher--a bit of a free spirit (some used the phrase “utter chaos” to describe her classroom, but C and I both loved her creativity)--sent him home with an assignment. Find out something unique about a family member and write about it.

Since he’d...

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