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Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A couple of inches of snow, and Tanner was in heaven.
Here she was today in the brush playing a rousing game of fetch.
Earlier we were shopping downtown, here is a shot of Washington st and 4th (?) just as it was getting sloppy.
Ahhhh...fall. The smell of the leaves as Tanner and I walk through the park at night as the early darkness drops a curtain each night provides a backdrop for my favorite season. Crisp air and wind nips at you with the promise of winter just around the corner, but the cool air is almost exhilarating. With thanksgiving just tomorrow its does remind me that fall is my favorite season.
Sometimes life gets complicated and I forget that the simplest solution is the best.
I am always hunting for a flashlight. I can never find a good place to put this monster mag-light I have.Its always somewhere in the shop, but never the same place.
So when I was up north this summer, I ran into Lyle, a master woodworker from way back and our neighbor in the woods He had made several of these to hold flashlights near the door of the cabin in the woods. It was important there because you have a generator at best and having your flashlight near is a necessity.
For me it was an elegant solution. Thanks Lyle, I am in you debt.
Tonight in the cold and dark as the snow fell all around me at the park I went down the rabbit hole.
Not metaphorically, but literally.
The softball size Kong toy that I have been throwing around for Tanner slipped out of my hand as I went to heave it and it flew into the deepest thickest briar patch you can imagine. I know briar patch, sounds like the beginning to a child’s story but it happened and Tanner was determined to get in there and get it. So I hacked away at it past the briars until I uncovered a rather large rabbit hole. Large hole, and no ball. Tanners nose realized it before me, the hole in one was one in a million shot but down the hole it went.
Initially I was ready to leave it, even though it cost me $7 on sale no less. I was not even sure it was down there.Tanner was sure. So I took a shot at it.
The hole was larger than it looked, all hidden in the thorns. Reluctant to just reach in there, I shined the light down there. I could see a good two feet and nothing. So again I was going to leave. Tanner reminded me it was still down there so I found a large branch and rammed it down there, rattling it around. Did I feel it? Not sure, I used it so scrape the bottom and I thought I felt something roll. It was hard to tell after all I was wearing gloves and the sensitivity of a broken branch is suspect at best. I kept at it for a while, and sure enough I could see the edge of something red about three feet in.
Persistence prevailed and I retrieved it. I tore a pare of leather gloves snagged my hat, ripped a button of my coat rooting around in that thorn bush. But I saved that $7 Kong. Tanner was elated
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Well Well Well…. I feels a little different this Saturday coming into the last home game this season. The win last week over Minnesota brought back a little confidence. If nothing else it reminded the players that we could win. And win away, as an underdog. Sound like setting the stage for an upset next week against Ohio. That my friends would be quite a big deal.
But let’s not forget about this game today. Michigan is historically the dominant one in this match-up and hopefully the ride last week’s momentum to a win. I am sure the seniors who have not had a great season would like to win today.
It’s cold and rainy here today in Ann Arbor, perfect football weather.
Tanner has been showing her age lately. Limping around after laying about she was having a hard time getting up. I decided part of the problem was her rock hard cushion at work. So I got her this soft cushy bed for work. I think she likes it.
After what I thought may have been only chance to win for the rest of the season went down in the books as a stunning loss to Purdue….
We set our sights on the Minnesota, away. I had been thinking a lot this week about what has been going on. Coach Rodriguez was quoted this week as saying:
The team remembers that they are "for the Little Brown Jug, playing for themselves, playing for their teammates and playing for Michigan." And as Rodriguez said "that’s a lot to play for."
Then a thought occurred to me. What is the one thing that he could to do get back on the good side of the Michigan fans…. BeatOhioState.
What if… just bear with me…this season has been a big ploy… roll them out slow, get the momentum going the year is trashed… but beat Ohio and you are excused. What if Rodriguez has been sand bagging a bit, knowing he would be on the south side of 6 wins but making everything about beating Ohio in the end on a cold day in November. In their house with odds against you. Beat them and your season will be… well lets say not a complete disaster.
Lets face it Bo was not a god because of his winning record, he did well but he never took us to a National Championship. Bo was a coaching legend because he often found a way to beat Ohio. Something Carr had trouble doing.
So there you go, nothing against the contest today. Lets win. It will be good for moral. Lets be honest though, the coach the team the fans should all be eating breathing, thinking: How can we beat Ohio
Of course getting there is always half the adventure. This morning was no exception as a quick photo of the sun coming up at behind me succinctly shows. I was by myself at 4500 ft watching these fall colors.
A quick shot of the stadium before the game. I turned out to be quite a contest. A clash of the worst so to speak.... in the end they deserved to win, and us to loose. I had a great time even though this basically puts our season into an unrecoverable death spiral.