Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Water is flat.

Okay, that is not always true. Sometimes there are waves. Boats leave a wake. I can only imagine what hurricanes do to the big pond. But basically, in its natural state, water is flat. There is just no denying it. Peter (see yesterday's pictures) and I have been staring at the horizon for an hour and there are no bumps, hills, mountains, or anything else out there. Flat. The sun went down a while back and I can't be 100% sure but there is this freighter out there in the distance that has been making its way slowly from west to east and I have not seen it go up or down one bit. So it must still be ... flat.

It is a study in consistency. And consistency is not something you usually get in life. People change. Addresses change. Your team wins one day and loses the next. The world is in a state of constant flux. Flux can be good. It keeps life interesting. Keeps you on your toes. Consistency can be boring. You always know what you are going to get. There are no surprises.

What is the meaning of it all? I have no idea. I wrote that several hours ago before I got called out on a hospital run in downtown Cleveland to a hospital that I never found. But it's all good because the guy who was in a motorcycle accident (that I was going to see) is going to be alright. But now I can't remember what I was driving at.


I love Dasani?

Aquafini makes me smile?

I'll sleep on it and maybe it will come to me in a dream because it was obviously really going to be an awesome blog.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Feeling hot hot HOT...

So it finally got hot in Cleveland. I mean, it had to happen sooner or later. I think this is the first time in my life I've been wearing a jacket into late May. I like it. I received a rather perverse pleasure knowing that many of my friends around the country were already sweltering in the pre-summer heat. I do think I like the climate around these parts. I didn't mind the snow. The cold wasn't all that overwhelming. And the spring has been ... spring like. In the meantime my family and friends in Wisconsin, Chicago, St. Louis, and around the country all seem to have been washing away under floods and huge mega-storms.

Of course there was "The Great Air Conditioner Debacle." There are only about 250 apartments in my building. I would think (knowing what I pay for rent) that they make a fair income here. And yet they have this policy that the air conditioning system is not turned on until the date the average temperature is 70. That was last Wednesday. So they turned it on. Guess what! It didn't work! Guess what else! It was in the mid-nineties! Guess one more time! They didn't get it fixed until after the day I moved my stuff from the old apartment and out of the U-Haul into the new one! Wheeee! I mean, wouldn't ya think that they might just check and make certain the system works sometime around ... oh ... early May? Noooooo. That makes too much sense. I love the people that work in the office here. It's not their fault. But the owners must be a little shy on the brain cell side. You know, the kind that tries to "smoke a ham" but can't keep it lit so they switch to cigars.

Okay, I can't believe I just said that. Chalk it up to the heat.

So anyway, here's a few shots of the new place. Once I canceled Debbie's asthma medication we broke even with what we were paying in the old one room joint. (Calm down. I'm just kidding.)

"Peter" made the trip from our front porch to our new balcony. We purchased him on the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. He's glad to be back home on the lakes.

The pool view isn't as good ... but that's probably a good thing too.

We'll actually have a tree to turn colors if we are still in the apartment when fall arrives. (Please God ... sell our house!)

Look! A living room!

Look! A living room from another angle!

You can't see the other rooms yet. They need ... um... Debbie's touch.