Only two weeks ago there was snow. Today, it reached 75 degrees. And, since it was a Thursday — and thus, my weekly department conference call — I decided the best way to take that conference call was at the park up the street. No, literally. It’s up the street. It’s five blocks (I just … Continue reading A Day at the Park
I’m working out of Diamond’s offices this week — publishing deadlines. I happened to walk through the lobby area yesterday, and what did I find? A Christmas tree. Even though there’s only a small staff — less than twenty most days — on site, even though almost no one would see it, they still put … Continue reading Early January
We had our first snowfall of the year in Pennsylvania today. It started off with a wintry mix… …before changing over to all snow noon-ish… …but accumulation was nil. It was just a hair too warm, the ground was wet, and the result was a sloppy slushy mess. It stopped about three, and by 4:30 … Continue reading Snow Day! (Sort Of)
While poking around on the Internet this afternoon, I found something that would excite me — a bird’s eye view painting of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, done by an artist for Edward Sachse’s company in 1855. Sasche is an artist I’ve mentioned before in conjunction with my family genealogy — he did bird’s eye view maps of … Continue reading A Mid-19th-Century View of Harrisburg
Nothing screams Pennsyltucky quite like the mash-up United States/Gadsden/Confederate Battle Flag hanging off the back of a decal encrusted vehicle in the Giant parking lot. Jeebus.
Was that a Chick Tract hanging from my doorknob when I went to take out the trash this morning? It was! It was a Chick Tract! I was sitting at my dining room table, eating my breakfast, and I saw a large crowd of people of walking through my parking lot. “Whoever could they be?” … Continue reading Hanging from My Doorknob
Autumn has arrived, and so have allergies. I’ve not been able to breathe through my nose for days. In the afternoon, after loading a dozen articles in the work CMS, I took a walk around the block. No jacket, and it felt almost too cool for that. After work, I took my rent check over … Continue reading Early Autumn
It’s mid-September, and this week has really started to feel like autumn. There’s a chill dampness in the morning, and the nights feel downright cold. I had to throw extra blankets on the bed last night, and I worked part of the day at home while wearing a hoodie. The weird thing is the sky. … Continue reading An Eerie Sunset
It was a pleasant afternoon — sunny and not too hot. The clouds were numerous and billowing. All in all, a nice late August afternoon. For no particular reason, I decided to go for a walk over to the baseball field on the hill opposite mine. According to June Lloyd‘s article in the York Daily … Continue reading The Old Baseball Field
I took a brief walk this afternoon. An urgent project — a “red ball,” to use the parlance of Homicide: Life on the Streets — landed on my (virtual) desk this morning. After three hours on the project, I had a video conference call, and after that another hour of work on the red ball. … Continue reading An Afternoon Walk
Based upon the sky at sunset, Earth’s orbit is taking us through the Mutara Nebula. Witness it now, for in three centuries a protomatter accident will destroy it.
For the first time in recorded history, Comet NEOWISE is visiting the inner solar system solar system. The last time it was here, streaking through the Earth’s skies in the year 4745 BCE, in the midst of the Neolithic period. I’ve seen a number of comets in my life — Halley, in 1986; Hale-Bopp in … Continue reading Searching for Comets