Domo (domo)

Domo (domo) [ +zoom ]

The mascot of Japan’s NHK television station, now at a Target near you pimping Halloween.


A fine specimen of a Ford in Fort Recovery, OH [ + zoom ]

Busy weekend.
A wedding up in Mercer County.
In-between the ceremony and reception, a quick trip through a car show.
A recital with trombone.
A realization that I still don’t have the knack to make omelets with grace.

another perspective

Unicorn, rainbows

So we got together yesterday, shared our work and chatted about our visions of the future. Tom made a fun collage, Wendy was the most organized, and I had the post-it notes.

Time slipped right through our fingers and all of a sudden it was lunch time and we had to break. We’ll pick things up again next week.

Unrelated sidenote: I haven’t mentioned here, but our cable operator (Time Warner of Dayton) is fighting with the local NBC affiliate and as of last Friday, they pulled the channel out of our line-up until they can renegotiate some deal. This displeases me greatly.

Another view of Tom’s work: The Paperwork Devil

Current music: Elbow “Weather To Fly”


in the front yard

Mellow Saturday.
Some good use of minutes on the phone.
A trip to Yellow Springs to meet up for dinner.
An acoustic playlist and a book in the evening.

Some hot cider sounds really good right about now.


bordering on chaos

Weekend spent with kids.
On the way home, remnants of Ike swirled around the area.
Trees down.
Electric went out.
Haven’t had any lights since.

Candles, handy.

Outage did not stop orchestra rehearsal for Dan.
We braved the stoplight-less roads and made our way to downtown Dayton.
The rehearsal space had power.
I charged up what I could.

Things’ll continue to be slow around here.


the cherry tree sheds

The sky was an unusual color this past weekend.
We had company over and Dan noticed it, motioning everyone outside.
Like fiddling with hue sliders in an application, it moved from purple to gray in moments.

The next day it was bright blue.

marigolds, bee

buzzing around the yard

I’ve never been much for marigolds. Maybe it was the fact they often resemble potted plants strewn about the place, and seldom big clumps that look natural.

I don’t know for sure, but I do know they bring some nice color to the place as everything else shrivels up and turns brown.

Current music: XTC “Season Cycle”


Flowers in my mom’s backyard

I got to my mom’s house a few minutes too late. Missed connecting with a traveling band of fellas out to tackle the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Dagnabbit. Look at some of the neat stuff I missed (I, II, III, IV)

Though that was sad, I got to see my mom and brother, and that is always a good thing.

They’re cleaning out the basement, so I had to take all my boxes of stuff back that I stored there a long, long time ago. Gocco printing machine, four Magnavox Odyssey II consoles (some for parts), boxes of photos and correspondence, and a Kermit the Frog puppet.

Maybe I need to have a yard sale.

Current music: Yes “Big Generator”


Minnie I believe her name is, here with bated breath

Went over to see good folks who just moved in to their new home down the road.

Now I always thought home ownership was one of those activities that automatically enrolled you in an unspoken association… Similar to the secret clubs when you have kids, get married, go to graduate school, or join the Masons.

Turns out, it’s totally true.

Entry into this loose guild requires one to face things like property taxes and understand ease of yard maintenance. It doesn’t really matter how much or little you pay, there’s a certain level playing field in these details that abound.

All of a sudden, understanding water heaters takes on greater import.

It’s not all wet and dry responsibility, it’s also fun.

There’s joy in bending elbows after the boxes are unpacked. So we had a couple brews and played fetch with eager pups in their new backyard.

I noticed the nice edging around the mulch that was holding its color, and wondered out loud why those darn brass light fixtures became so ubiquitous.

In addition to the photo above, I took a tiny bit of video. I’ve been doing that off an on over the summer, and I haven’t figured out what to do with it until I had enough footage to cobble together some 5 second clips.

Random video from the summer thus far:

1. Minnie goes long for the fetch
2. Kings Island
3. American Sign Museum
4. Removing cork from the hallway floor
5. Music box at antique store
(Fetch return)

Soundtrack by Bang on a Can (they’re not always this… intense)