Archive for July, 2007

Fun with the SHA girls

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Sorry for the lack of blog posts. We’ve been out and about in Denver, and Flickr’s moblogging service is broken, so cell-phone photo blogging isn’t working. Anyway, here are a few pictures from the last couple of days:

One to go

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Barry Bonds hit his 754th home run yesterday, so he’s now potentially one swing of the bat away from tying Hank Aaron. He says the magnitude of the chase is finally “sinking in.” The Giants host the Marlins tonight at 9:05 PM EDT.

Stop, drop and AAAAHH!!!

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Here are a couple of photos (actually video still frames) from Friday’s huge thunderstorm in downtown Denver:

And here’s a video clip of Kristy’s rather hilarious reaction to a couple of the lightning strikes. (This the inspiration for the silly post title.) In the first part of the clip, you see the lightning and hear Kristy scream; what you don’t see is that she jumped so high, she actually hurdled over the couch before landing where you see her on the floor. The second part shows her reaction to another lightning strike, a few minutes later.

Heh.

On a far more somber note, a jogger was struck and killed by lightning during the storm.

After the jump, an animated GIF of the radar showing the storm forming and rolling through downtown.

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Come fly the deadly skies

Friday, July 27th, 2007

It hasn’t been a good day in aviation today. The pilot of a WWII P-51 Mustang was killed when his plane collided with another Mustang after finishing a performance at an air show in Wisconsin. Meanwhile in Phoenix, two news helicopters collided in mid-air, killing all four people aboard (two each) while covering a police chase.

Still chasing Aaron

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Barry Bonds is still at 753 home runs. He’s got three home games in the next three days (at 10:15, 9:05 and 4:05 PM EDT, respectively), all against the Florida Marlins, to try and break Hank Aaron’s record in front of a friendly crowd. Then the Giants head to SoCal for three games against the hated Dodgers at Chávez Ravine, and three against the Padres.

Slowly sinking in

Friday, July 27th, 2007

This morning, as I was waking up and getting ready to start my day, my thoughts turned to Harry Potter, and I mused internally that I’m looking forward to re-reading Deathly Hallows more slowly than I did on Saturday, taking time to appreciate its subtleties rather than rushing through it to get to the ending (and return to bar prep) as quickly as possible. But then, reflexively, a subconscious thought popped into my head, along the lines of, “But I can’t do that yet, I have to study.”

When my conscious brain promptly smacked that thought down, the resulting mental sigh of relief was enormous, and probably constituted the first time it had really begun to “sink in” that I’m actually, really and truly, done.

Well. Unless and until I end up having to take another state’s bar exam, or if I failed this one. But done for at least for the next year or so, if not longer.

Random factoids of the day

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Denver is, by population, the fifth-largest state capital in America. Phoenix is far and away #1, with 1,418,041 people (as of 2004, according to StateMaster.com). Indeed, Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in America overall, is the only city ranked in the Top 10 that’s also a state capital. Indianapolis, ranked #12 overall, is second on the list of capitals with 784,242 people. Columbus, Ohio (#15) is third with 730,008; Boston (#24) is fourth with 569,165; and Denver (#25) is fifth with 556,835. Population trends being what they are, Denver will soon surpass Boston, if it hasn’t already.

Also, Colorado is one of just 17 states whose largest city by population is also its state capital. The others, in addition to the ones already mentioned, are Arkansas (Little Rock – 184,081), Georgia (Atlanta – 419,122), Hawaii (Honolulu – 377,260), Idaho (Boise – 190,122), Iowa (Des Moines – 194,311, approximately half of them presidential candidates), Mississippi (Jackson – 179,298), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City – 528,042), Rhode Island (Providence – 178,126), South Carolina (Columbia – 116,331), Utah (Salt Lake City – 178,605), West Virginia (Charleston – 53,421) and Wyoming (Cheyenne – 55,362).

The smallest state capital in America by population? Montpelier, Vermont, with 8,035 people. Pierre, South Dakota is second with 13,876.

This has been your Fabulous Facts of the 50 States interlude of the day. We now return you to your previously scheduled pictures of Becky’s boobs, already in progress.

Awww!

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Pic is of Becky with London, a weeks-old kitten owned by Kristy & V's friend Caleb. So adorable! We're hanging out at Leela's in downtown Denver, chilling, eating, drinking, and cooing at the kitty. A perfect Thursday evening, if you ask me.

An end to my long cold night of the soul

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

(Guest-blog)

For anyone who cares, my existential employment crisis has come to an end. You are all looking at the newest member of the staff at Mountain Laurel Sudbury School, a free school in New Britain. Taking a cue from the blogmaster, I will not blog about work beyond the fact that I work there.

Look! A Loomer!

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Er, a lemur.

CNN Breaking News

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

NASA says it has found wires which may have been deliberately cut on computers bound for the international space station.

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The day after

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Take bar exam, check. Celebrate at Denver bars, check. Take Becky to the zoo, check.

CNN Breaking News

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three others plead not guilty to dogfighting charges. A trial date is set for November 26.

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What NOT to do when you are late for a plane

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

A man reported a bomb threat for a Memphis bound plane he had missed at SeaTac airport in hopes it would cause the plane to return. It did, but he didn’t get on it, he was arrested. Police searched the luggage on the plane and passengers had to deplane. The flight which initially departed at 12:33 p.m. did not leave again until 5 p.m.. No word yet on what will happen to the man although he may win the award for stupidest man of the year.

All done!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Yay!