Yeah, Kind of Like That

Even without video games or cell phones of their own, and without exposure to kids at school who have video games or cell phones, it’s remarkable what our children have been able to pick up from their cousins and other relatives.

Homeschooled Farm Boy (HFB) has been reading a book about Guglielmo Marconi, who of course was an early pioneer in the development of radio. Naturally, the book details the history of various forms of long distance communication that led up to radio.

Anyhow, this morning HFB beamed as he informed us of a conclusion he had drawn from the initial forty pages of the Marconi book:

“The telegraph was sort of like the first text message!”

Yeah. Kind of.

Twenty-Five Random Facts about Me

A friend recently tagged me with a request to list 25 random facts about myself. So here we go, in no particular order:

  1. I am unabashedly a dog person.
  2. My daughter has had me wrapped around her little finger since the morning she was born.
  3. I have been a fan of Starbucks coffee since they had only five stores.
  4. A Volvo saved my life.
  5. I have read seventeen of the eighteen “J.P. Beaumont” detective novels by J.A. Jance.
  6. I enjoy NPR almost as much as I enjoy Rush Limbaugh.
  7. My favorite college course spent an entire quarter reading and discussing Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I still think about that class and draw insights from it today.
  8. The novel I have read and re-read more than any other is Huxley’s Brave New World.
  9. I believe there are few sights in nature more beautiful than a sunset behind the Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay.
  10. My dream car is a fully-restored 1975 Volvo 164E with the 4sp+OD manual transmission.
  11. I have completed 24 double century bicycle rides, but none since 1999. The future Mrs. Yeoman Farmer snapped this photo during the 1994 Seattle-to-Portland ride:
  12. I once rode my bicycle 306 miles in a single day. I plan to never try that again.
  13. I wish I had discovered tandem cycling, with a child stoker set-up, ten years ago.
  14. I have visited every U.S. state except Alaska, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
  15. If I could live anywhere, it would be a farm in rural Snohomish County (WA) between Monroe and Duvall.
  16. I lettered in forensics in high school, and still have my letterman sweater.
  17. I worked at McDonald’s all the way through high school, and liked it enough to return for every vacation during college. Despite my “crunchy” orientation, I still eat there when on the road.
  18. I once wrote a letter to William F. Buckley, Jr., encouraging him and National Review magazine to use feminine pronouns when referring to countries. He published the letter, but responded in the negative.
  19. Misuse of apostrophes drives me crazy.
  20. Reading Richard Nixon’s book, The Real War, at the age of 14, was what sparked my fascination with politics and current affairs.
  21. I think Casablanca is the best movie of all time.
  22. I proposed to my wife after completing the 1995 Hemet Double Century ride — and carrying the engagement ring in my pocket all 200 miles while she drove support.
  23. My favorite childhood vacation spot was LaPush Ocean Park, along the Pacific coast.
  24. I was in attendance for Gaylord Perry’s 300th career pitching victory on May 6, 1982.
  25. I thank God every day for the wife and beautiful children he has given me.

Dandelion Break

In the spirit of Opus and the old Bloom County cartoon strip, I propose we all step away from the political discussion…and take a brief dandelion break.

Posting will be sparse over the next week, but I’d like to leave you with this video. Have been sitting on it for a few months now, waiting for the right time to share it. Embedding it below, but it’s best if you open in its own window and watch in high quality. And crank the volume. And smile.