OK, so it's not really officially over yet, but the news services are all saying that the Presidential Election is over, and that Kerry called Bush to concede.
Went to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, 29 Aug. While wandering through the Horticulture Building, between fried foods on a stick, I happened to be behind a man holding a little girl. She was looking over his shoulder, facing behind him just catching the scenes.
Suddenly, she fixated on something. She had a moment of recognition as her eyes got big. She pointed and shouted, "Santa!"
A jolly man with the required white hair and beard, over-sized tummy, and red suspenders (equipped with a few picture buttons of him in Santa garb) appeared to my right.
"Hello, my dear!" he exclaimed. "It's good to see you again. Here, I have something for you." He offered her one of those little individually wrapped candy canes (a little out of season, unless you're Santa, I suppose).
She checked with dad, gleefully took the candy and thanked him, full of smiles. Everyone nearby who saw it was full of smiles. He gave a friendly nod to everyone who was looking, and stepped back into the crowd.
A few moments later a shift in the crowd sent Santa his way and us ours. As we parted, I noticed he was carrying a sack filled with the little candy canes. I suppose it's the price one pays for having the look. I'm glad the fella was friendly about it, and almost believe in Santa again.
We remodeled our house a year ago. During this some excavation occurred in both the front and back, and our sidewalks no longer made it all the way to the house. We planned to correct this when we finished landscaping.
Yes, it has been an entire year. An entire year this past spring. It's amazing how easy it is to let something slide.
Yesterday, it happened that our neighbor across the street was replacing his steps and sidewalk. It happened to be the case that I had park my truck in the way (they were concerned that concrete debris from the demolition might hit my truck), so Jim came over to ask me to move it. No problem.
As long as we were talking, I suggested to the guy doing Jim's work that he could get two houses done in one trip, if he'd be interested. He, of course, was. It's about a six foot stretch from the last unbroken bit to the wooden steps.
I didn't tell Claire, because I wanted to surprise her. Of course, she's out late tonight doing wedding stuff (she's in one, not we're having one), so I'll have to get her feedback tomorrow.
Bought the DVD and watched it on Monday. It was in the impulse end cap at Target for not much more than a movie ticket. I dig Robin Williams and thought the thriller aspects might be interesting.
Saw the movie Open Water on Sunday.
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I've cleaned out the test data, and prepared the space for the new and real data. I've got a bit of hesitation about my ability to blog in reasonable amounts of time, but I intend to give it a go.
Let the blogging begin!