Typical Reaction to the Revelation That I Do Not Own a Cell Phone, By Year

1998: Solidarity ("Yeah, me neither--I hate those things!") 1999: Envy ("Lucky you; I had to get one for work.") 2000: Indifference ("Okay, what's your home phone number then?") 2001: Encouragement ("You should get one--you can play Tetris on them now!") 2002: Confusion ("I thought you were, like, a tech guy.") 2003: Sympathy ("They're getting pretty cheap. You'll be able to

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Bureaucracy

  So lemmie tell you about the (mostly healed, in this photograph) wound on my forehead. Kind of a funny story. Last week The Queen and I rearranged the furniture in our bedroom, to make space for my new Craftsman 1470 pc. Professional Tool Set. (I like to store it all laid out like that, so I can easily find

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Journey of a Thousand Miles

Sorry about the irregular posting schedule around here recently, but National Start! Walking Day was on April 16th and that's been keeping me pretty busy. Speaking of which, if anyone knows when National Stop! Walking Day is, could you let me know? I probably should have checked before I left. Right now I'm about 7 miles outside of Spokane, heading

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The Scene You Hate

A friend, having read my last post, asked if The Queen really objects to botanical inaccuracies in movies. Oh yes, yes indeed. And not just in motion pictures, either. If I'd known, in advance, that the TV show LOST would feature a bunch of people on a tropical island populated with temperate foliage, I never would have put it in

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Apples and Oranges

Being married to a professional botanist has its ups and downs. It's nice on day hikes, for instance, having someone around who can instantly identify every plant we see. On the other hand, I don't need to be notified of every ecological incongruence in the films we watch. The Queen spent much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy leaning

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Local News: Blows!

Seattle has been rocked by, like, 14 mph winds today. So naturally the local media is reacting as if flesh-eating marmosets devoured the mayor. Please to be noting:Video caption reading "One man was forced to hold onto a tree to keep from being blown over." Actual video shows man using single hand to grasp sapling about 1/50th his diameter and

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