October 09, 2005

Oddses and Endses

It's all in the details.

With all the rain we've been having the past two days (measured in inches), our basement is flooding a little bit. So I've been doing the towels on the floor, spin and dry, sop up the excess from the carpet with the cleaner, etc. That's the hassle part of it. The benefit side is that the creeks around us are all full to bursting, and when I went to let the dogs out this morning, you can hear the water rushing in the background. Very nice.

The Carnival of the Recipes is up over at the Glittering Eye. There are the usual collection of outstanding dishes for every taste, contributed by people from all over the world. Go check it out.

Last week I was in the back upstairs bedroom (3rd floor of our townhouse), painting near the window, when I was startled by a flash just outside the glass. I witnessed a magnificent little aerial battle as a large blackbird was chased off by one of our local hawks. They were like two nimble fighter jets, wings extended, banking and darting as the blackbird tried to shake the hawk from his tail. The hawk was close enough that, had he wanted, he could have snatched a tail feather from the blackbird with his talons. They fell two stories and, at the last second the blackbird broke hard left, over the back fence and out of the area. The hawk leveled out and glided across the back meadow to the wood, where he perched in a tall tree and stayed for a while, as if surveying for further intruders.

When I got home last night I checked on the hockey scores and noted that Brian's St. Louis Blues were in the process of whooping on my beloved Sharks. This morning I inteded to go find a Blues logo to post here, in accordance with the prophesy the rules of the Whoopass Jamboree, when lo and behold, I discovered that the Sharks had come back to win. Brian is a better sport about it than I, because I'd probably have to create an extended entry to protect innocent eyes from my cursing and ranting.

In related news, Victor beat me in the first week matchup of our blogger fantasy hockey league. I'm completely lost as to how this league works and what the rules are, it's unlike anything I've ever seen before. Not an excuse, just sayin'. Congrats Victor, let's hope Bondra can keep it up, eh?

Finally, yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day walking through several Smithsonian art museums with Dawn. We started at the Hirschhorn, and afterwards (like Victor mentioned) walked down the street in the pouring rain to see the Freer and Sackler galleries. Memorable.

I want to go again in better weather, to experience Directions - Janet Cardiff.

We now return you to your regular Rocket Jones program of cheesecake pinups and zombies.

Posted by Ted at October 9, 2005 08:05 AM | TrackBack
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Heckuva comeback by me.

On another note: You poo-poo head. I was trying to get Ovechkin, but you were better positioned waiver-wise than I! POO-POO HEAD!

Posted by: Victor at October 9, 2005 09:31 AM

Forgot to mention--the week ends tonight, so you still have a chance.

Posted by: Victor at October 9, 2005 09:38 AM

victor, please explain the waiver process to me. I have no idea how these leagues handle that. What makes someone on waivers vs. a plain ol' pickup?


Posted by: Ted at October 9, 2005 09:49 AM

If a player is cut (like how I just dropped Kolzig) they're on waivers for three days. At that time, anyone can pick up the player but the manager with the lowest waiver number (1, for instance) gets a higher priority for that player. If they get that player, the manager is moved to the bottom of the waiver list (8th position). In this case, you and I probably put in a bid for Ovechkin, but at the time my waiver number was 6 (I think). Yours was five, or lower, and therefore you got him based on your having a lower waiver number. But now you're on the bottom of the waiver pile until someone else gets someone off waivers, when you'll move up to 7th.

Posted by: Victor at October 9, 2005 11:25 AM

Ted, you were at the Hirshorn and you didn't slide over to Air and Space to see the SpaceShipOne, installed in the Milestones of Flight gallery just this last week?

Posted by: buckethad at October 9, 2005 08:52 PM

Actually, we were on our way towards the Air and Space when we decided to backtrack towards the other two. Since I get to the Air and Space more often than the rest, I'll see SpaceShipOne eventually.

Now, if anyone would like to get together and head out to the Udvar-Hazy one Saturday...

Admission is free but parking is $12, so taking a car full just makes sense.

Posted by: Ted at October 9, 2005 09:49 PM

Victor, thanks for explaining the waiver process.

Posted by: Ted at October 9, 2005 09:51 PM
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