Monthly Archives: December 2006

Former NPS Ranger Dies At 93

Former Yellowstone seasonal Gerald R. Ford (above, at right) died yesterday. Once considered a top prospect by the Green Bay Packers, Ford inexplicably abandoned both his NPS and football careers for law school and later involvement in politics. Seriously, remember … Continue reading

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A Good Bad Dog, Or A Bad Good Dog?

My buddy Nelson has developed an odd obsession lately: he’s started stealing napkins from the dinner table. If Ranger Sue or I get up from a meal for any reason, there’s a good chance that our napkin will be gone … Continue reading

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Raining In Death Valley

Death Valley is one of the driest places on Earth; in fact, I believe it only rains there when I visit. (I have some powerful mojo that way.) Who cares? Seeing a rainbow over the salt flats is way cool. … Continue reading

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Seasonal Wisdom From An Orange Vegetable

A sage with the nom-de-net of The Carrot writes, There are really only two seasons in my life. The first comes once a year and is filled with joy and wonder, large bills, marvelous experiences and comes and goes much … Continue reading

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Concorde Passes Under Verrazano-Narrows Bridge!

Woo-ee! What a sight that must have been! Some flying! Concord Jet Moves to Temporary NYC Home Washington Post, December 22, 2006: A Concorde jetliner, a featured attraction at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, is on its … Continue reading

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Las Vegas Report

I had a ball in Las Vegas. There- I said it. First, for the record, I didn’t gamble one nickel; just never saw the appeal. No Boy Scout I, though; I did eat well, drink heartily, and gawk at many … Continue reading

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The World Is A Better Place Today

One of creation’s bigger douchebags is dead. Buh-bye, Turkmenbashi. Say hello to Joe and Adolf down there.

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Check Him For Polonium

Did this guy meet with Cheney any time recently? South Dakota Senator Hospitalized New York Times, December 13, 2006: WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota suffered a possible stroke Wednesday and was taken to a Washington … Continue reading

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There’s A Killer Loose In An English Town

The bodies of five murdered women have been found this month in Ipswich, Suffolk. Police plan to determine the killer’s identity by inviting the town’s entire population to the drawing room, where they will point out that virtually everyone had … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Me

The Retread Ranger Station is a year old today. Four hundred ninety-seven posts, and counting. Well, waddya know.

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Cell Phone Justice Across The Midwest

Looks like it’s worse to wake the neighbors than to kill somebody. In Michigan: Noisy cell call lands party’s host in jail Monday was Carmen Granata’s first day back to work as a veterinarian technician in Sterling Heights. But the … Continue reading

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But It Was A Double-Dog Dare!

Breaking news from Springfield: No, not that Springfield!A tongue, a metal pole, a hard lesson Ozarks Mountain News, December 2, 2006: Olivia Wallace just wanted to make her friends laugh Friday morning. But the plucky 11-year-old suddenly found herself in … Continue reading

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