My Backpack

My Backpack

Posted on May 5, 2017 in My Thoughts On... | 0 comments

Today is a bittersweet day. I bought a new backpack. Sure, it’s always fun to get new things, but I have developed a bit of attachment to my old backpack. Not because it’s anything special, but because I have had it for so long and taken it so many places! Back in my college days I kept losing pens and other small objects through the worn out bottom of my cheap JanSport pack. So mom made a trip to Springfield and took me to the mall to get a new one. The one I...

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Basketball

Basketball

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 in My Thoughts On... | 0 comments

With the Bears season winding it’s way down, I decided to catch a game.  We had excellent seats on row 2, perhaps the silver lining to the steady decline of the program that has been underway since the departure of coach Martin. Given the sad state of affairs at my alma mater (at least with regards to mens basketball), I decided it would be appropriate to remember some memorable games and look towards the future!  The kind of games I long for, where an evenly matched...

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The Curse of the Rain Donut

The Curse of the Rain Donut

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Joplin/4-States, My Thoughts On... | 0 comments

I haven’t made a geeky post in awhile so here is one about the weather. The last few years have seen some pretty intense drought over the central USA, and while much of that has improved, it’s seem like we just can’t seem to escape it around here. Even back in 2012 I would occasionally hear people comment that it seems like it rains everywhere but here. Some blamed it on the tornado and lack of trees. I didn’t buy that explanation but it does feel...

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Sugar Maple Sweetness

Sugar Maple Sweetness

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Featured, My Thoughts On..., Photography | 0 comments

Although not necessarily my favorite tree overall, when it comes to fall foliage, I think the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is tough to beat. In my opinion it sets the benchmark by which all other deciduous trees are judged. The brilliant varieties of reds and oranges are just splendid. Also known as a Rock Maple, or “Hard” Maple, these trees are next to impossible to find at most area tree stores, especially the big box places. Yet it’s easy to find Red...

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Accessing Rivers

Accessing Rivers

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 in Joplin/4-States, My Thoughts On..., Rural America | 0 comments

In keeping with my recent theme of posting about kayaking, I’ll share another float trip and some resulting research. We kayaked with some friends on nearby Shoal Creek. Although muddy and full of flood junk from the previous nights rain, it was a very fun float and had a number of pretty sizable rapids. The last mile or so crossed into Kansas, and according to my guidebook, floating there is considered trespassing. It got me wondering if Missouri is just a haven for...

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