Archive for March, 2008


Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Really, you might want to skip this post. I’m just recording it for my own information. Most of last week I had a major PITA. I don’t mean an annoyance, I mean a visit to the HMO and being sent downstairs to the surgeon. That was Thursday. Two percocets and lots of hot baths later, […]

Deck Review

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Just for review, here’s what’s happened to our back deck in Casco over the past month. In late February, we thought there was a lot of snow on it: By the beginning of March, there was more snow. Note that you can’t see so much of the railing in the front. Last weekend the railing […]


Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I’ve done cross-country skiing in recent years, but it must have been forty years since I had done any downhill. Matt (and Anne too) has asked me several times in the past few years if I wanted to go skiing. I had resisted until last Saturday (that would be March 15, I guess). It’s not […]

Time out for a political comment

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I didn’t watch or hear Obama’s speech yesterday, but I did read it at that link. All I have to say is, it will be a tragedy for the country, comparable to the failure to have elected Adlai Stevenson president or to having elected Reagan, if Obama isn’t elected, after that. On second thought, that’s […]

Klez gig

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I played in the band at a bar mitzvah last Saturday. Jim, the clarinetiest in the JCC klezmer band, had been asked by one of his neighbors to get a band together for the occasion. He spoke to Barry, the leader of the JCC band, who asked me to participate. So the three of us […]

Quick bird report

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

I walked around the pond at lunchtime. Before I got to the real start of the trail I bumped into two people looking up into the trees. They were trying to find what was making a strange call. It was probably just grackles, but the people were from Sweden, not familiar with North American birds. […]

Spring Fever

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

The weather in the Boston area has been seasonable for March, or maybe even a little on the warm side, the last few days. It was sunny today and a comfortable temperature for walking. I decided to see if the path around Cutler Pond had dried up after all the rain of the last couple […]

Bonanza book

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Sometime yesterday Arlene emailed me at work something like this — “I was at the Mobile Book Fair to get my next book club book, and I found a knitting book by that guy so I bought it for you.” Who was that guy? I hoped she knew that I had got Knitting with Balls […]

Any common sense?

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

I was questioning my judgement for a good fraction of yesterday. For the last half of last week we had been watching the weather forecasts for the weekend with some trepidation. Predicitions called for a storm starting Friday night around midnight and continuing all day Saturday, with about six to ten inches of snow for […]