September 7, 2009

Hope everyone had a great long weekend out there. Out at the New England beaches, Labor Day is supposed to mean the unofficial end of summer tourist season, but I always loved September for drives to the beach – it was always less crowded, the ocean water was actually warmer, there was less traffic, and everything was on sale. Overall, it was just a better and more relaxing experience.

Here in the Valley of the Sun, September means nothing – it’s just another month of heat. That’s not to say, however, that the early signs of a change in the season aren’t there: while visiting a local nursery on Saturday they were busy rounding up flats of all the overgrown summer plants and clearing out space for the “not” stock.

(Ed. note: You have to remember, out here there are really only two seasons – “hot” and “not”. They call it winter, but having lived in winter it’s really not, it’s just not hot.)

Just weeks from now you’ll see all the typical flowers and plantings you’d see displayed in New England nurseries at the start of spring: geraniums, petunias, impatiens, marigolds, etc. It always feels kinda weird to be planting spring flowers in my fall planters!

The bunny cam is close but it’s not there yet. Slaved the better part of this afternoon trying to get the web stream off of the Life Cam working, but haven’t been able to make it happen. Don’t know what’s going on – it has to do with the Windows Media Encoder settings I’m using. But at least the web page is there, to view it you’ll click on the Bunny Cam! link under the Blogroll. I’m hoping to have it active by end of week – I know Ginger, Geronimo, and Half-Pint can’t wait to be movie stars!

I feeling pretty pessimistic about the Red Sox right now – they are painful to watch. Sure, they can hit average and mediocre pitching, but if a team throws any kind of decent pitching at them they turn into lifeless statues. Why Terry Francona doesn’t see that Jason Varitek is done is beyond me, he has without a doubt the slowest bat in the major leagues. It’s painful to see his name in the lineup. They’ll probably win the wild card, but I’m afraid it could get ugly when the playoffs start.

Wondering why this isn’t getting more media attention, especially since we’re only days from another 9/11 anniversary. Oh, that’s right, we’re not fighting a War on Terror anymore.

Just thinking: isn’t it amazing how a simple change in the political affiliation of a president can make all those angry, Bush=Hitler anti-war protests disappear into thin air. Heck, if I didn’t know better, you’d think we had withdrawn all our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, given the distinct lack of “grim” war stories and death tallies shouted by the mainstream media now that Obama is in office. Pretty interesting, huh?

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  1. Personally, I don’t mind if the war on terror gets off of the front pages. I think it serves the enemy more there than it does us.

    Comment by Rob — September 8, 2009 @ 4:29 am


  2. I gotta agree with you there, Rob. I’m glad to see that as well. It’s just that the hypocrisy of the far-left is beyond the pale.

    Look, I respect anyone who wants to protest war – if you believe nothing is worth sacrificing American lives overseas for, that’s fine. I respect their opinion. But the fact is, these protestors didn’t hate the needless slaughter of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, they hated George W. Bush and were using the deaths of American soldiers as an excuse for displaying and publicizing their hatred.

    That’s not just hypocritical, it is intellectually warped and reprehensible in every way imaginable. But that’s the loony left for you – EVERYTHING is about politics. These people are not just brainless, they are souless as well.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 8, 2009 @ 9:45 pm


  3. I don’t know about all of that linkage. The war protesters of the last generation hated the war just as much under Johnson as they did under Nixon. I think that to be the case here, too. If troops aren’t home or a timetable isn’t set, they will turn on Obama, too.

    Comment by Rob — September 9, 2009 @ 4:27 am


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