Monthly Archives: March 2007

Hitting The Road

Heading off to beautiful northeast Ohio for a few days! Way back in the 1970s, when the Retread was young and Cuyahoga Valley was a brand-new park, a bunch of us all snagged our first permanent NPS jobs at the … Continue reading

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History: Not For Our National Parks?

Sadly, I know some colleagues who would be happy if the last paragraph were actual policy: US rejects Miami Circle for protected statusMiami Today, March 22, 2007: The Miami Circle project may be back on track but headed in a … Continue reading

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The Dumbest Single Sentence

…I have ever read in the N.Y. Times: The chaos in Somalia took an ugly turn on Wednesday when full-scale fighting broke out in Mogadishu and furious crowds mutilated the bodies of government soldiers, chanting, “We will burn you alive!” … Continue reading

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Send Your Kids Off To Die In A Park

My friend Ranger X has an interesting discussion going on his blog concerning the much-publicized lost Boy Scout incident just concluded on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The header, “Boy Scouts + National Parks = Trouble” pretty much summarizes his thesis. … Continue reading

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Bush-League Stupidity In The Lake District

Scafell Pike Highest mountain in the country? Check. Middle of winter? Check. Set out halfway through the day? Check. Take the kiddies along? What???? Baby saved after family’s ‘insane’ trip up mountain goes wrong London Times, Feb. 21, 2007: A … Continue reading

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My iPod Is Cruel

It just followed Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs doing a very enjoyable , “Just As The Tide Was Flowing,” with Sandy Denny singing, “The Lowlands of Holland.” Sort of like following “Death of a Salesman” with “King Lear,” or comparing … Continue reading

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Kill ‘Em And Eat ‘Em, I Guess

Okay, class, can you tell me which Presidential administration liked to pay big bucks to private consultants firms to suggest ways for the NPS to save nickels… …that’s right, but next time let me finish the question, Johnny… …that wouldn’t … Continue reading

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A Dying Sports Fan’s Last Request?

(Apologies to the late Steve Goodman.) Plan A An urn for the die-hard fan Newsday, March 16, 2007: As of next month, Eternal Image of Farmington Hills, Mich., is putting on sale (through funeral homes) urns festooned with, yes, Major … Continue reading

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SJM, Diplomat, Very Kinky, Seeks Stern Master For Outdoor Play

This little tidbit brings back memories of my Cape Cod days; I found some really nasty-looking B&D gear in the dunes every now and then. Israeli Envoy Recalled Over Nude Exploit in El Salvador Washington Post, March 13, 2007: Israel … Continue reading

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The Trees Are Coming Back!

I think that I shall never seeA cow as sacred as a tree… UN: Deforestation mostly reversed in Europe and N. America International Herald Tribune, March 13, 2007: Most countries in Europe and North America have reversed centuries of deforestation … Continue reading

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A Story On Gardening In Today’s NY Times?

Mexican President Presses Bush on Border Fence Oh? It’s not about gardening? Never mind. English is a funny language, especially when pressed into headline service. My favorite was a story back in the 1980s about indecision among Parliamentary liberals over … Continue reading

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World Stupidity Record Shattered

Has to be a Bush family connection here. Just has to. East Valley (AZ) Tribune, March 9, 2007: Man charged for starting fire while cooking meth in toaster A 19-year-old Chandler man has been arrested on accusations he cooked methamphetamine … Continue reading

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