Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

50 years

When we built Killasonna Lodge, Clarence Cihlar dug our septic field and installed our septic system. We have a high regard for Clarence because he did what he said he would, when he said he would and for the cost he said it would be. In addition, he took photos of what he did, which we really appreciated since we live 250 miles away and were not there to supervise.

Recently, the County sent us a form requiring an inspection of the septic tank. I called Clarence and he came out to take a look. He determined that no pumping was necessary at this point and submitted the report to the County accordingly. There are people who would take advantage of such a situation. Who are we to question him if he told us the tank needed pumping. Instead he sent us a bill for thirty bucks.

Nearly all of the contractors that we dealt with in Door County were scrupulously honest, just like Clarence. But there is one difference that separates them from Clarence Cihlar: None of them has been in business for 50 years. Congratulations, Clarence!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Grass on Clark

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Lest We Forget

From Berlin Diary, this is William Shirer's journal entry for August 10, 1939:

How completely isolated a world the German people live in. A glance at the newspapers yesterday and today reminds you of it. Whereas all the rest of the world considers that the peace is about to be broken by Germany, that it is Germany that is threatening to attack Poland over Danzig, here in Germany, in the world the local newspapers create, the very reverse is being maintained. (Not that it surprises me, but when you are away for a while, you forget.) What the Nazi papers are proclaiming is this: that it is Poland which is disturbing the peace of Europe; Poland which is threatening Germany with armed invasion, and so forth. This is the Germany of last September when the steam was turned on Czechoslavakia.

For perverse perversion of the truth, this is good. You ask: But the German people can't possibly believe these lies? Then you talk to them. So many do.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Monday, May 15, 2006

Unusual silo, north of Champaign, IL.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Another Whirl In The Orgazmatron

Actually, it's a macro photo taken of the inside of a foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Buyers Market?

Evanston, IL 5-10-06

Friday, May 05, 2006

Looking for a new car?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

It's getting weird out there . . .

Korea has developed its own android capable of facial expressions on its humanoid face, the second such machine to be developed after one from Japan. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy invited some 60 children to the Kyoyuk Munhwa Hoekwan in Seoul to introduce Ever-1 to the public. The name combines the first human name found in the Bible, Eve, with the "r" in robot. (These engineers are really clever!) Read more here.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Along the beach

Sometimes, walking along the beach, I forget there is a lake a few feet away.