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Same as the old one

January 10, 2010

So much for that resolution to post to my blog more…

Eulogy for a Christmas companion

December 18, 2009

When I was a kid, we had one of those put-it-together-yourselves Christmas trees. It had what looked like a broom handle painted green for a trunk, with holes drilled in it, into which you inserted fake pine branches. When it was all put together… well, picture the “before” version of Charlie Brown’s tree from the Peanuts Christmas special, and you’ll get a pretty good idea.

It turns out that my wife had pretty much exactly the same tree growing up. (She and her sisters used to lie underneath it and pretend they were presents.) The thing is, while my dad went through “have-to-have-a-live-tree” and “a-really-good-fake-tree-is-a-lot-less-work” phases, her parents had never bothered to upgrade, and were still using it until a few years ago.

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Why, as a pup, I myself…

December 18, 2009

Took Sean to Wal-Mart to get some groceries, and afterward we had lunch in the McDonalds there. As we were finishing, a little old lady came over and said, “I just wanted to say I was enjoying watching how you were taking care of him, so gentle and kind. Most parents aren’t that nice with their kids.” I really had to restrain myself to keep from saying, “Yes, I try to be careful with them because if you bruise them or scratch them up, it reduces their resale value.”

Miles wind by

December 11, 2009

One of the instigators for me starting up a blog again was the death of my grandmother a few weeks ago. During the drive to and from Ontario with my brother for the funeral, this kept worming its way into my brain. My brother may be the poet in the family, but occasionally I get the itch, too.

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It’s official (sadly)

December 8, 2009

Almost wish I were back in Phoenix, because winter is here.

Update: Great, now I have to shovel.

The enamel chick

December 8, 2009

So apparently the default for WordPress is to moderate comments from people you haven’t approved before. Well, that’s turned off for now. Anyway, I’ve already gotten a request to explain the blog’s name, “A Chicken Helmet,” which I probably should have done in the first place. Several years ago, I plugged my name into an anagram generator, and it came up with quite a few interesting ones. My favorite, “the elk mechanic,” got turned into usernames, email addresses, etc. and has pretty much become my online identity. There were also quite a few related to chickens (the lame chicken, the chicken meal, the male chicken), and I’m not sure what exactly that says about me. But one of them was “a chicken helmet,” which struck me as an excellent name for a blog. Or a name for a blog, at least.

A-blogging we will go

December 8, 2009

Several times over the past few weeks, I’ve thought, “Gee, I wish I had a blog to write about X.” And then I’ve thought, “Wait, I do have a couple blogs, I could post to one of them.” But then I’ve thought, “I haven’t posted to them in a long, LONG time. I should just start a new blog.”

Of course, all this thinking, coupled with life being its typical busy craziness, means that it’s taken this long just to get to the point where the blog is set up and I have a couple minutes to post something to it. And this isn’t even anything more than saying, “Yes, I’ve started another blog I’ll never have the time or enthusiasm to update.” Ah, well, I’ll tackle actually posting something real tomorrow, provided I can remember some of those things I wanted a blog for.