Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chop 'Em Down

The landscaping around our house isn't particularly good. There's some bushes in the front, and some patches of wood chippings around the back where the rose bushes are, but the north side of the house is completely neglected. The dead brush and bushes were cleared out earlier this year by one of the roommates so that he could get his motorcycle into the back yard, but since then it has been overrun by burdock. This is what it looked like (Click pics to biggerize them):

At this point is was nearly 6 feet tall, and thick as thieves. I will stand no such aggression on my territory, however. I took that patch of burdock behind the woodshed and beat it down.

My instrument of chopping?

Hahah, just kidding. I just used a hand scythe that I borrowed from back home.

Back in my younger years one of the many tasks I took upon my self was going into the field across from our house and chopping down all of the burdock that would flair up. It was good exercise, and I would pretty much go into a berserker rage with the hand scythe, chopping and slashing until the field was laid to waste. Probably one of my favorite chores.

Anyways, it'll probably take a few more times before the burdock stays dead, but that's ok with me. I was born to chop.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Hate Running

But sometimes even I can be coaxed into going for a run for Charity. This past Saturday me and the roommates ran in the Sausage Run/Walk 5K, held at Miller Park. Like a fool, I didn't really prep for it as much as I should have. Work the past two weeks has been insane (thus the lack of blogging), but I did get a 1.4 mile run/walk in a few days before the race (I'm still working on being able to run the whole way). I ended up finishing in about 32 minutes, which I didn't think was too bad, but yes, I got beat by some 13 year old girls, 60 year old women, and a person in a giant Hot Dog costume, but I beat the Chorizo, so I've got that going for me. And part of the race goes through Miller Park, which is very cool. They take you in through a service entrance, and then onto the field, where you run on the gravel warning track area from right field to home plate and then to left. Very cool, and kind of eerie seeing the place so empty.

All in all I had a fun time, even though my calves were killing me the past 2 days. But I told Ric that I'd be up for running another 5k sometime in the future, so that's a small victory, no?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Encounters in the Animal Kingdom

My encounters with animal life have been documented before, but this one is rather odd. I had a volleyball game last night that I arrived far too early for, so I decided to grab my disc golf discs and practice throwing them around the park (don't judge me). As I walked past the tennis courts to pick up my previously thrown disc I noticed a chipmunk standing on it's back legs, looking at me from the middle of the grass near my disk. I cautiously walked closer to it, and when I got about 2 feet away it scampered into it's hole. I laughed it off, bent down to pick up my disc, and looked up to noticed that there were 8 more chipmunks, all staring right at me from their individual holes. Like so.

I've never seen that many chipmunks in one place. They were like prairie dogs, with all their interconnecting holes within a 40 ft. radius. What the what? Do chipmunks always do this? David Seville would not be pleased.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wednesday Comics

I like comics of all sorts, including webcomics (Chad introduced me to Daisy Owl, which is quite good) and comic books. Typically new comic books go on sale on Wednesday at your local comic book shop. New comics typically look like this.

They usually tell the tale of one character, or group of characters that are on a team. However, DC Comics, creators of Batman and Superman, have decided to experiment with a new format starting Wednesday. Measuring 14" by 20," this format is known as "Wednesday Comics," and is meant to invoke memories of reading the Sunday Comics from when you were a kid. Each print has stories about 15 different characters or groups, and over the next 12 weeks will unfold easily accessible stories about major characters (like the two mentioned before) and some obscure ones like Sgt. Rock and Deadman.

It's only $3.99, and I'll be picking up a copy for sure (though probably not until the weekend.

(Tim Callahan from CBR had a great write-up about it, if you're interested in finding out more information).