Happy Halloween!

Check out the great Cheshire Cat my wife carved into our Halloween pumpkin!

Cheshire Cat Pumpkin

Masticator

I kept hearing about using a masticator when I was at the Bull Draw fire in August 2018, so I looked it up on youtube after I saw one roll by the ICP on a lowboy trailer.  Check it out: A masticator working to improve the fire line.  That would take care of the bushes in your yard right away…

Suggested rule additions

From: Jonathan Lord

Date: 2019-09-19 9:39 PM

To: therules@velominati.com

I know it sounds like I have a zipper fetish, but I think these are pragmatic suggestions that will save new adherents to the way immense frustration.

Rule #96 // Jerseys shall be full zip.
When wearing bibs, the pockets of quarter-zip jerseys must be unloaded of two-way radio, phone, wallet, first-aid kit, food, rain-cape, tube, pump, et cetera in order for any or all above not to fall onto the floor, or worse, the hole of the biffy when attempting to lift the laden jersey over your head to use the facilities. With a full zip jersey, you may unzip, neatly place the jersey out of the way, then take care of your business.

Rule #97 // Jackets shall have two-way zippers.
Nothing is worse than realizing that you need to get into the back pocket of your jersey after you have zipped your jacket, and must fully unzip from the top in order to get into the pocket, then try to get the zipper back together once your back pocket excursion has been accomplished.

Best regards,
Jonathan Lord
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Panic

There is no reason for panic, because there is never a solution in panic.  Progress is boing to result only from bold decisions that are made by cool heads.

LBJ following the Sputnik launch, 1957

Respect

10 THINGS THAT TAKE
0
TALENT, BUT WILL GET YOU
100%
RESPECT

  1. BEING ON TIME
  2. WORK ETHIC
  3. EFFORT
  4. BODY LANGUAGE
  5. ENERGY
  6. ATTITUDE
  7. PASSION
  8. BEING COACHABLE
  9. DOING EXTRA
  10. BEING PREPARED
Seen on Pinterest on 2019-07-27, shared by Tyler Brown

Set Aside Prayer

God, please set aside everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about recovery, and everything I think I know about you.  Please help me to have an open mind so I may have a new experience and discover the truth.

Walker Area Men’s Retreat, September 14-16, 2018

Chekhov

In “The Seagull” he wrote, “After… a glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else,” a Jeopardy! clue on 2019-01-04 reminded me of the quote from Edward Rowland Sill, “First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.”  Chekhov must have read Sill’s, An Adage from the Orient, because he didn’t write the Seagull (1895) until after Sill died in 1887.