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Firefly Novel!

In case anyone still checks this oft-neglected page, let me share the good news - Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos novels, has written a fanfic Firefly novel.  He has it available for free download here http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html .  Shiny!

RIP Evel Knievel

OK, it's a tad late, but I had some thoughts about the passing of Evel Knievel.  Generation X has been glossed as a daredevil generation, but I remember doing plenty of foolish stunts when I was a kid, and it was mostly due to Evel.  I remember seeing ABC's Wide World of Sports on Saturdays, and occasionally there would be Evel, in his stars and stripes cape trying to jump his Harley over buses, tractor trailors, and like that.  My friends and I would get our bikes out and get scraped and bruised up trying to jump things in the street.  I'd crack my elbows on the ground, or my knees and my package on my bike frame.  Once, my friend Frankie Oliviera got himself an "O" scar for life when he crashed into me and impaled himself on my handlebars.  And we always got back up and tried again, because that''s what Evel did.  Half of our accidents were probably caused by Ramp Failure, although I'm still not sure why.  Personally, I can't think of a more stable structure than an old, 2-foot wide piece of plywood with one end propped up on a stack of four bricks.  A couple of years ago, Evel was on the Jim Rome Show, and there was a classic exchange when Rome asked him about his attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon and Evel told him that he had thought prior to the jump that his chances were 50/50:
JR:  "Hey Evel, let me ask you something.  If you thought that you had a 50/50 chance of survival, a coin flip's chance that you might Buy It and die, why do it?"
EK:  "Do you know who the Hell I am?"
I had a good weekend with the kids. I took them to see Spiderman 3, which was pretty decent.  I also took them out to dinner for Cinco de Mayo, which we all enjoyed.  Someone at the table next to us complimented the kids on their behavior and manners.
I also got some wheat beer bottled.  It will be good to have the homemade supply in stock again.
I caught the end of the first game between the Spurs and Suns.  Steve Nash was guarding Tony Parker, and they collided, head-to-head.  Nash sort of stepped back like it was no big deal, and Parker went down like he'd been shot.  The trainers came out and checked him over while he lay on the floor.  It turns out he has a bruise on his forehead.  Nash, meanwhile, had busted his nose wide open and couldn't get back in the game.  He wanted to, but the trainers for the Suns couldn't stop the bleeding.  The guy has mad skills and is tough.  But they are going to give Dirk Nowitski the MVP, even thought he couldn't get his team out of the first round against an 8-seed.
The Yankees bullpen should be collectively arrested for arson.  I just watched them cough up 8 runs in one inning to the Mariners.  Nothing like one half of an inning taking 30 minutes.  Of course, it's kind of fun watching the Yankee fans having a collective conniption in the stands. 
Here are the mushrooms in all their glory.  I am currently drying the morels so I can use them whenever I want to.  The bolete on the lower right is a Bitter Bolete.  The flesh stains blue almost instantly upon bruising, unlike the edibles in the large bowl.

A Shortcut to Mushrooms

The long and cold winter caused a delay in the spring mushroom season, but I am now enjoying one of the benefits of working outdoors.  I found five King Boletes today, and I have gathered a few dozen Morels in the last week.  I will post pics soon (if I don't eat them first).

A fresh approach

It's been a few months since my last mass-email to friends and family, and my absence in cyberspace has been noted.  There was a blog v email question posed many months ago, and the trickle of replies seemed to indicate a preference for email, but my lack of production leads me to try something new.  So here we are.  Welcome to The Meandering Mind.
We are in the midst of both the NBA and NHL playoffs, but the NFL draft was the big focus in sports this weekend.  Weeks of analysis by experts (read:enlightened guessers) and hundreds of mock drafts later, and now the post-draft analysis is in full fury.  It gives me an idea.  I should exploit the MMORPG fervor and cash in on some name recognition as well.  I give you - The World of NFL Draft.  Create a draft analyst character by choosing from one of four types: Bad Hair Guy; Talks Even Louder Than Me Guy; Never Played the Game but is Somehow an Expert Guy; or Would Have No Fruitful Employment Without the Draft Guy.  Or combine all four and be, well, I won't use his name but I am sure some of you will guess it.  Use your character to analyze film and stats, debate the merits of your arguments with other characters, and gain recognition and power by saying "I told you so" after every lucky guess, while blaming the football players for not living up to Expectations to cover yourself when you make poor choices.  Damn, I forgot.  This game already exists in numerous modes.  It's called Fantasy Football.

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