It was funny. The first few weeks I went without posting anything here were like withdrawal. I actually had to force myself to not post links, jokes, comments, or thoughts. Then I got used to it and didn't really feel the urge. I got my news the Internet way, but didn't share it or my thoughts about it.
And I don't miss it all that much, which is obvious given this is my 2nd post in the two weeks since my self imposed e-exile expired. A renewed focus on work feels like just what the doctor ordered. That, and a re-re-r-e-renewed focus on exercise. And an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope!
Who do I think is reading this, anyway?
On the other hand, I had a political discussion with a couple of my friends Saturday night, and there's is still a lot of work to be done. What a couple of knuckleheads! They had no idea the surge was working, had never heard of the Anbar Awakening, no idea of the relative casualties of the WOT compared to other American wars, etc. But that didn't stop them from having strong opinions.
I'm not sure what method is the best way for me to make my e-contribution, but I've got a few stray minutes here and there to think about it, so we'll see.
I suppose I should speak to the circumstances of my death. It would be nice to believe that I died leading men in battle, preferably saving their lives at the cost of my own. More likely I was caught by a marksman or an IED. But if there is an afterlife, I'm telling anyone who asks that I went down surrounded by hundreds of insurgents defending a village composed solely of innocent women and children. It'll be our little secret, ok?
You know you would have loved that guy if you'd known him in life. Here's to the afterlife.
A week and a half ago I took a new job. I'll be helping tp build a new structure on an Air Force base. Dealing with the government is a daunting job, and learning my new company's methods and culture is also a daunting job, and building the thing is also a daunting job. That's three full time jobs.
Something has to give.
So, until January 1, The Happy Carpenter is going on vacation from blogging. I'll miss it and miss your comments, but for at least two more months I will need to be 100% focused on the job.
The Mashad hangings, broadcast live on local television, are among a series of public executions ordered by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last month as part of a campaign to terrorize an increasingly restive population. Over the past six weeks, at least 118 people have been executed, including four who were stoned to death. According to Saeed Mortazavi, the chief Islamic prosecutor, at least 150 more people, including five women, are scheduled to be hanged or stoned to death in the coming weeks...
Congress's attempt to lose the war is so hard for me to believe that it's difficult for me to talk about it. I'm shocked.
Either those are the most despicable bunch of Quislings ever gathered in Washington, DC or their information bubble is so tightly self-contained and impenetrable that they might as well be deaf, dumb, and blind.
... but for now, another good blog has gone dark. Rob at Emphasis Added, our favorite lefty, is shutting down his blog to focus on his book, Generation Blend. His manuscript is due in September, so look for Rob to be re-joining the debate in October.
Congrats on the book deal, and we're looking forward to your return.
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.