Archive for October, 2009

Writing Exercise #3

Here’s the word list for exercise #3.  Same rules as in the other exercises, use all of the words at least once.  Don’t forget to check out some of the responses from the first 2 exercises (under the comments). If you join in leave a link to your story in the comments so others can check out your blog.

1.  billow

2. tolerance

3. bound

3.  interval

4. heave

5. zinger


Homeless Twins (Roofless Anyways)

This last October the Minnesota Twins played their last game in the Metrodome. Most people around here seem excited about the Twins playing in their new outdoor stadium next year. Me? I’m a recent transplant to Minnesota, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been living here just under two years and I was impressed with the dome. Sure the field seems farther away but there isn’t an obstructed view that I could find. Personally I will miss the dome, more than a few times I have walked out of the dome after a game and felt the cold wind or the cool rain and was thankful that the Twins played indoors.

All summer long I’ve heard people comment on how nice of a day it is and it would be a good day to be at an outdoor stadium. Shaking my head thinking; Are you crazy, this is Minnesota! It’s baseball not skiing. Sure baseball was meant to be played outside, but I ask, was baseball meant to be played in Minnesota? Answer, sure but not outside.

Being from Cleveland I remember plenty of Indians games being too cold, too hot, the rain delays, cancellations and it was just a couple years ago that the Indians had to play their season opener in Milwaukee because of SNOW! Then I think I’m in Minnesota and these people want to play baseball outside?! And I wonder if I belong.

Now I know there will be some great days at the new stadium, but I also know that there will be some miserable days there too. I’m also willing to bet that when they build their next stadium they will go back to an indoor park.

I have accepted the fact that my next baseball game will be watched outside in the elements and not in a temperature controlled building. I also remind everyone who is excited about the new stadium that they should be careful what they wish for, they just might get it.

I know it will be decades before they need to replace this new outdoor stadium, I am going to start using the word “RETRACTABLE” now and often.

National Flower of Canada?


This is one of many pictures of flowers that Deb has taken this year. I may not know the name of the flower, but after seeing the photo, I’ve come to the conclusion that if it’s not the national flower of Canada it should be. If you happen to know the name of this flower (or the national flower of Canada), please let me know.