Hello again

Once again, I’m not posting for any particular reason. I also haven’t taken the time to prepare more pictures for your viewing pleasure. I’ll give you some options, though.

(1) Fremont Oktoberfest
(2) Jenga (we bought and played Jenga — it was fun!)
(3) GirlAndi and her daughter LaRyantrelle (I only have one picture)
(4) Pictures from Dad and Peggy visiting (this was a while ago, but we’ve been busy, you know?)

I’ve also been thinking about posting about things I think instead of things we did or saw. This would be a big change for me, sharing my thoughts and opinions openly is a pretty foreign idea. Anything you want to hear about? Politics? Religion? American culture? Education? Or I could just make stuff up, which I’ve kinda wanted to do for a while. Or I could think back and write about some of the things I remember about my past, which are sadly spotty unless something triggers a memory.

I’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies since the last time I wrote anything to put under the “Reviews” section. I don’t even have the interest to go back and list each of them, so I’ll just start picking it up again as I watch or read more stuff. I read a short story, The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth by Roger Zelazny, which I enjoyed. This is at the recommendation of a 65 year old PhD I work with — it turns out we have a lot of books in common. There’s several other good short stories in there, and a couple duds. But they’re short, so you don’t lose much. I’m currently reading another book at his recommendation (Downward to the Earth) which I’m enjoying more than I thought I would.

I also started reading Shibumi at Wilmbo’s recommendation, which wavers between ridiculous fantasy and creepy believability (more time on the ridiculous fantasy), but it’s a good read so far.

Last night, Mr. & Mrs. Pope and we went to listen to Neil Gaiman read from his new kids’ book, The Graveyard Book, about a kid who is raised by the dead after his parents are assassinated. The reading was fun, it was neat to see him, and it was good to eat Thai and play Scrabble with the Popes.

KrisDi and I have begun our pre-Cana classes, which have been good so far. KrisDi’s doing a good job of vilifying me, so I’m proud of her for that.

Now we’re watching baseball and sitting around, which is good. I like sitting around. I haven’t gotten to do much of that for a while. White Sox are in the post season (although they’re only a loss away from not being in the post season anymore — we’ll find out tomorrow). I’m running out of beer, but I’ll get more soon. LagunitasImperial Red Ale is supposed to be out again now — I love that one.

I was looking up stats on North Dakota population today because I’m a nerd. Wikipedia’s “Population Density” stat of 9.3 people/square mile for the state is wrong — 639,715 people over 70,762 square miles = 9.040374777 people/square mile. Fargo’s “metropolitan” area contains 174,367 people, 27.26% of the state’s population. I figured out that without Fargo (not metro, just Fargo the city), the state’s population density drops to 7.76 people/square mile (yes, I was dorky enough to remove not only the people, but the area of Fargo). 14.16% of North Dakota’s population reportedly lives within Fargo proper, which is 0.05% of the state’s area.

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The population thing is great, I have been talking about this with coworkers and they laugh when they find out that the city of Virginia Beach has more people than the state of ND. Pretty sad. I haven’t checked the stats yet but will. Also, just had the 90 minute IPA. OMFG, screaming like a girl. My new favorite. I understand why its won so many awards.

oh yeah, religion, ooooo religion. My recommendation.

Yeah, let’s talk religion. Politics would be good, too. So would philosophy, or random musings, or anything else. 🙂

ND has a small population, but it’s been an increasing trend for many, many years that midwest / southwest states have the huge majority of their populations in the cities. It just takes too much land to support a family (or a business, farming/ranching-wise-speaking) for there to be much density. E.g., in NM, 10 SECTIONS of land would be considered a small ranch. That’s 6400 acres and wouldn’t support many cattle there.

Why is KrisDi vilifying you? I thought you were perfect. 🙂 Are you vilifying her, too?

Somehow I forgot that you two would be getting married in an actual church (previous post having totally fled my mind) and would therefore have to take Pre-Cana. I didn’t mind it until the whole YOU MUST PROCREATE section came up. I don’t like that part, it was never in my plans.
I vote for thoughts, too. Religion is obviously a favorite for me, but I like just about anything.
Pics, all the pics. 🙂

I won’t get started on procreation. I won’t. Girlandi, did you guys get married in a Catholic church?!? Somehow I thought not. But if you had to take pre-Cana, I guess you did. Ack!

politics, your thought on which “first” will be accomplished by this nov.

the first african-american president or the first female vice president.

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