Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hipster Hippy

Saw this today & had to share. Given that the U.S. is perhaps days, maybe hours away from launching non-U.N. sanctioned cruise missile attacks on military targets inside Syria, I found this picture very poignant.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Trees in Volcanoes

People like to do this everywhere, but it's pretty common here in the good ol' 405. Someone plants a tree, then plants it again under a bunch of wood chips (mulch), or in this case, sand and wood chips.

I believe the intent is to retain water during the hot and dry summer months we experience. That's nice and all, but all that wood debris piled up against the trunk of the tree is not healthy at all. It's prime-time for disease and insect infestation for the young tree. So if you're gonna plant a new tree and pile on the wood chips, keep 'em a good 6 inches away from the base of the trunk. Make a donut if you must.

This has been a PSA based on a conversation I had with my grandfather a while back.

Friday, August 23, 2013

ManDate: 2013

This summer, we began what I hope is an annual gathering of some of the men of my family. We did what many manly men would do, we wanted to be like Lewis & Clark:

We looked at hops growing, and dreamed of the goodness they will bring forth:

We went to a baseball game in arguably the greatest baseball town in Missouri:

In all, ManDate: 2013 was a huge success. Thanks dad.