Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some things I've discovered since last we connected

Ten years on with my green Surly Cross-Check, it continues to perpetually morph into the next great thing.
Wearing a suit while riding a Denver B-cycle on icy streets is logical, and oddly comfortable.
Movie theater lobbies are now apparently infested with enormous, squirrel-like, wisecracking, hipster rodents.
In related news, this is Scout, our new dog. A canine willing to let squirrel-like rodents run amok, she is not.
Not pictured: The squirrel who met a gruesome end after mistaking Scout for a typical, non-hardscrabble-fend-for-yourself-former-stray type dog.
FYI: Circa '80s vintage, Canadian-built, steering-wheeled sleds found for free on the curb during the summer are worth strapping onto the Big Dummy. Who looks silly now? Just saying...
Not much beats the combo of a well-groomed sled hill and no school over winter break.
Just because science has advanced to a point where pancakes can be made with M&Ms and sprinkled with "elf dust," it will never emerge as the wisest formula for a nutritious breakfast.
Lastly, this view still comprises the extent of my world most of the time. But not for long.
Happy 2012, everyone!


  1. Great pics. The one of your daughter on the sled is extra awesome.

    Scout looks like all kinds of trouble and radness, all rolled into one.

  2. Thanks, Pat! The sled turned out to be great fun and one of the best free finds ever. Congrats on finally getting some snow for your own winter fun machine. I am quite envious.

    I'll have to admit that your dog Brandy, as well as your dog bike, were in no small part inspiration for the acquisition of Scout. Your assessment of trouble is spot on. Although she is friendly and smart, she came with little discernible dependence on people, and was without any concept of what a name or commands or even the sound of human speech signified. Even still, some radness is starting to emerge. She's now learned her name, likes chasing and occasionally returning tennis balls, and loves bounding through snow.

    Optimistically, I'm brewing up plans for dog transport on the Big Dummy, which I'll post once it materializes.