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Randee Dawn

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Archive for July 2007

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

A little headline fun for the day. I came across this teaser headline (the first one): Piercing revelation And initially, I was thinking, "Damn, they've got a knife-shooting gun out there in Sacramento!" So I clicked over. Not nearly as exciting. Then I came across this gem: Robots After reading that headline I just had…

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I’ve had dreams like this before…

You know the one, where you have an enormous supply of Good Stuff to choose from and can take all you want and they keep on bringing out more and you can't seem to get to the bottom of the pile? Yeah, those. I had that this morning in real life: Billboard, one of our…

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I can’t turn my head for one minute….

Jesus Christ, I'm gone for a week and I lose another set of civil rights I apparently wasn't using anyway. The order empowers Treasury, in consultation with the State and Defense Departments, to target those individuals or organizations that either "have committed, or … pose a significant risk of committing" acts of violence with the…

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Fall down, go boom

Rocky Mtn. High Home again. From the land of the low oxygen, the high peaks, the endless ascent and descent, I have returned — intact! Blister-free! Oh, yes, there will be photos. For now, a teaser above. I got a second wind and unpacked this evening, got a third and went through at least some…

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2007: Colorado Backcountry Hiker Trip (July 15-20)

“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wondering awed about on a splintered wreck…

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Two observations

Mets No. 1 Altitude-sickness-prevention drugs (Acetazolamid, to be specific), if consumed widely, could kill the soda industry. I've been on them for two days (off to Colorado and 10,000 feet tomorrow) and Coke and Pepsi products now have a terrible, metallic taste. Lord knows where I'll get my caffeine fix now. (Not from coffee, thank…

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Tee Vee Update

For those keeping score, I'll be heavily-makeuped and shooting out radiation sparks from ye olde MSNBC tomorrow morning, sometime between 9 and 9:30 am ET. We will be discussing the weightiest of issues: Harry Potter.  

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Willful, if temporary, ignorance

I'd like an opt-out button for things other than email. A few years ago, when I did the Club Med thing, they gave you a bright yellow wristband to wear so you'd know (and they'd know) you were pwned by the Club for your stay. And really, I had no complaints about the whole stay…

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The Fonzie Effect

Ohhhh … candy I think the candy dispenser machine at work is a masochist. The more I abuse it, the more return I get for my buck. A while back, it started eating money without giving any back. Nobody posted anything on the machine to alert others to this, it just happened. Then I went…

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Into the Wild (Of Sorts)

Though in previous years I've always said that I tend to love the great outdoors more than the great outdoors loves me, I'm working on reversing that. Yes, I get poison ivy and bug bites at the drop of a hat. But with more exposure and more time out among the trees and the dirt…

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