Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

First time ever. NY 23 is blue. Hell yeah.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

As of know, Random Thoughts is on hiatus till November 4, 2009.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Landed at Midway. On time some how despite 10 minutes lost on the runway and another 10 at thegate in Philadelphia.
5C. Very nice.
At the airport to go home. Thought I might miss my flight. Flew through security. Finished checking my fantasy teams. Plane 10 minutes late.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Rain may come, but that makes more fun.


Keeping cool in the inflatable palm tree.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pumpkin Fudge

Best idea ever.

Arden art fair

Friday, September 4, 2009

There's my girl

Welcome to Philadelphia

Boarded. C10.

Gate B20

Arrived at the gate. Despite security's desire to search my carry on's
anal cavity.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fantastic 2

Having a little fun while babysitting my cousins.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A litlle music....

Some easy listening at our local park.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Maddie's Birthday

It looks like she is enjoying her cake.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Grilled up some nice steaks. Marinated in soy sauce with basil and fresh garlic for 24 hours. Then tossed on the Webber.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saying bye to an old friend

This is likely the last picture of Papa with the apple tree in front
of his house. It will be cut down later this week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This is what it came to

Brett Favre has signed with the vikings, in case you have not heard. I am pissed. I am a Packers fan. I was a Favre apologizer last year. Not now. This is betrayal.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Up North Lodge

Knowing that there would be a wait to have dinner, my dad and I decided to go early.

A delicious 22 oz. red amber. Before the girls could show up, our table was ready. We passed off to the next group, who happened to be sitting next to us at the bar. They bought us a pair of free drink tokens for the Up North Lodge. Excellent. Unfortunately, the girls arrived and we didn't have the chance to use them. Next trip--the bar will still be there.

Dinner arrived....... RIBS

1/2 slab. Preceded by salad and clam chowder. Served with noodles and pineapple. YES!

My dad and I had the slab for two.

Always a good decision...

And the aftermath

No ribs left alive.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A big difference from earlier

Almost 8 and still 80? Earlier in the trip we struggled to get out of
the low 60s.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The master at work

Cooking fish the right way. No bones. Delicious.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pastie restock

We will have see if it is real #1.

Smoked fish sausage

Delicious! Got in Munising at the Fish House.

Ship wreck tours

Glass bottom boat tour of some of the wrecks found in Lake Superior.
Very cool.


Some photos taken during the tour on the real camera

What is left of the anchor

What remains of the captains bathroom (tub on the left, commode on the right)

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Enjoyed some nice tunes at a bluegrass festival in grand marais.

Another video from our trip to see some bluegrass.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Lit and burning. Video will be cut and posted before I go to bed. Maybe.

video update.... as promised....from 1 AM on Saturday the 8th


Made a little lean-to fire. Going to light it around dark. Not as big
and flashy as my uncles or cousins would like, but that is just not
my style. This fire uses would efficiently and works well for cooking.
It is a good fire for a vigil.


Had it at Jack's Hideaway. First time here. Fridays they have a fish
fry special. Recommending the perch.

Car Trouble Update

I want to send out a giant thanks to Joe and his kids over at Joe & Sons Auto Repair in Gwinn. Good, hard work at a very reasonable price. The Nissan, which can be seen in an earlier post, had some serious muffler issues. It had been at our home dealership in the past month where a significant amount of money had been spent on a variety of repairs, some having to do with the muffler.

Mind you, I am no car expert, but here is how I understand it.

For 1/3 the price charged by the dealer (only the muffler work) Joe & Sons replaced the hanger at the end of the exhaust pipes (new work completely), replaced a hose with new parts that the dealer said would be exorbitantly expensive and not practical (the dealer basically put a piece of tape over the hole on the old hose, which was about to fall apart), and replaced some sort of special spring loaded bolts (I have no idea their function, but they seem important) that the dealer PUT ON! (the tech told us that the bolts we had were crappy and put on poorly to begin with) In summation, Joe & Sons fixed a new problem, and repaired the crappy job done by the dealer on two other problems for 1/3 of the price. Bravo.

A little free advertisement.


Using bread and produce from the Gwinn Farmers Market.

Car issue

Last night on our way back from the concert in Marquette, we noticed a
scraping noise. We stopped, and our muffler had sort of fallen off.

Our solution--a bungee cord and an irate call to our dealer back home in the morning. (On a sidenote, this car had been into the dealer for muffler work less than a month ago) Will update.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Katie strikes

Katie lands two notable catches--the first a 25" northern that will serve as the main course for tonights dinner. You might notice her weapon of choice, the bamboo pole. How unlikely.

While a 25" northern is impressive, especially on a bamboo pole, her other catch is remarkable.

So the question has to be asked---where have the perch been hiding?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Monday, August 3, 2009


Chopped salad and bratwurst


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Front yard

Water level


Saturday, August 1, 2009

After a long awaited release......



Sweet smells at sunset


In milwauke. No sign ofthe silver surfer. Change of plans- I amdriving
big red. Thanks to rac for ghost blogging. Will checkback in at title


Finally on it. Big red packed. Silver surfer on road already. Your
blogger is starting off as navigator for big red. See you in Milwaukee.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

No more Palin

For those of you who missed it, Conan O'Brien had a special guest on to interpret Sarah Palin's speech, explaining why she resigned (quit) as governor of Alaska.

Due to the copyright nazis over at NBC, I had to pull the video. I am sure you could find it on your own on youtube or William Shatner was hilarious both nights---you should see it.

Papas got a brand new shed

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I know it isn't the newest thing on the market, but I got a Wii. I
figured you would care.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Tiger should make the cut at the next major. I won again. Considering
the way I dropped the hammer, the PGA is probably in the bag.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Major Sports News

I lost in a best of three cut throat cricket match to my dad. Tiger
fails to make the cut at The Open. It had only been 38 times since
Tiger last missed the cut. At least twice as long for me.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Concert aftermath in millenium park

Happy 30th to r & j. Without you, this blog would not be possible.