Friday, February 7th, 2003
My dinner group from church had our second dinner tonight, this time at Juli and Amy's. (Last time dinner was at my house.) We took two pictures because we were trying to get their dog Scout in the picture, and she wasn't visible in the first one (left top). She's barely visible in the second one (left bottom) either but you can see the top of her head.

John got to hold Gideon again, and I took another pic in the John/Gideon series (see December's dinner), but I had the camera set wrong and it came out all artsy.
Thursday, February 13th, 2003
My friend Derek sent me a sweet Valentine's Day card. It was on his web page at Wright State but I copied it here in case CATS deletes it for inappropriateness. How sweet!
Saturday, February 15th, 2003
It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing! We're having a blizzard! Some people hate the snow but that's because they have places to go and things to do, including shoveling. Not me. I love days like today when I don't have to leave the house. I can just stay inside where it's warm and look out at the pretty snowscape.

I even took some pictures to share! Don't you love snow too?

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Sunday, February 16th, 2003
Click for larger versionIt's snowing!

We got cabin fever so my friends Jim and David (and their dog Sadie) and I went walking along Deweese Parkway.

Jim and I both brought our cameras so we could take nature pictures. David and Sadie chased each other around, and then David had to have a cigarette.

In case you're wondering what the construction is, it's where the new Siebenthaler bridge is going.
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Monday, February 17th, 2003
Click for larger versionClick for larger version Today is a historic day, the first day ever that Wright State has declared a snow day! Okay perhaps not the first day ever but almost the first day in living memory. Everyone who's ever gone to Wright State has told me they never have snow days. And certainly the Wright State powers-that-be didn't want to follow Sinclair's lead and declare a snow day last night, instead waiting until 5:30-something this morning. Well I set my alarm for 6 AM, got up, confirmed that it was a snow day, and went back to bed.

Click for larger versionClick for larger version There's certainly a lot of snow and ice out there. While I like getting out a little (see below), I love being able to stay home and have a nice fire!
Thursday, February 20th, 2003
Click for larger versionClick for larger versionClick for larger version Last fall I embarked on what I later thought had turned out to be a failed experiment. I'm no master gardener but I do grow tomatoes out back by my garage each year. When I had to dig up the tomato plants for winter, I thought to myself, why couldn't I grow tomatoes inside? So I put some seeds in a pot and put the pot in my kitchen window along side my other plants (nothing fancy, just some flowers I rescued from the hanging baskets on my deck at the same time and a cactus).

Sure enough the tomato seeds sprouted and grew into little plants which grew and grew. Alas, no tomatoes. I figured the plants didn't get enough sun and warmth in a garden window in the middle of winter. But today, after the winter's worst storm, lo and behold, a tomato! Probably not enough to call the experiment a success but still a fun sign of spring. And I like my petunias too.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2003
nothing qool lasts forever? Most of the web sites out there offering something for nothing really are offering nothing for nothing and often don't last very long. Most people coming across an ad for probably would have figured it as that kind of site. It offered books and videotapes and t-shirts free -- all you had to do was visit the site each day to earn "Qoolcoins" which you could then use to bid on stuff being auctioned on the site.

I don't remember how I heard of the site, but I did check it out a year or two ago. In addition to books and videos and t-shirts (none of which interested me), they also had magazine subscriptions, including to gay-oriented titles such as Advocate and Out. So I But I lucked out while it did lastclicked and bid and clicked and bid and won some auctions, and they didn't ask for a credit card number or anything, and I actually started getting the magazines in the mail!

One of the best deals I got was a subscription to the Financial Times. Apparently not many other qool.commers were interested in such a serious newspaper because it was fairly easy to win auctions for it. Each auction was for a year's subscription, which would cost $149 otherwise ($99 for students). So I'll be getting the FT for free until almost the end of 2006.

Sadly, nothing lasts forever, something you don't necessarily remember when you're winning extensions to your FT subscription. The web site stopped working altogether last week, and although the main page did come back, it's just got a message saying "We are currently undergoing construction on our site in order to serve you better." I'm guessing I'll have to find a way to pay for my subscriptions myself when they run out.
Monday, February 24th, 2003
Mmmm, grapefruit... My office mate and fellow COM101 TA Jessica likes to eat grapefruit but does not like to have her picture taken.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2003
Duct tape really is your friendAnd so is plastic sheeting!Duct tape really is your friend Of course I realize I'm late on this but I just haven't gotten around to getting my duct tape and plastic sheeting together yet.

With the Department of Homeland Security telling us the threat of a terrorist attack is high (of course, the threat of rain somewhere in the United States sometime in the future is high too), we all need to do our part to prepare. The official guidelines really do recommend that we "[s]eal all windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape [and] [c]onsider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time." Are you ready?
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