Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The recent rainstorms seem to have done quite a bit of damage to our deck! Underneath the wood is a layer of corrugated plastic sheeting, which has partially fallen off due to wind, water, or both. It's hanging down quite low and is covered in mold and mud.

This is a problem because it means the wood, which was never totally stable anyway, has been completely soaked through and might not be sturdy or safe. Even in the best of times, an "extra" support pillar is needed to keep the deck from sliding off the hill.

Our landlords once told us the deck could hold 150 people, but they wouldn't put it in writing. I wonder how they'll deal with this...it might be time to give a city/county engineer a call.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

This year's must-have gift: A goat 


Sunday, December 19, 2004

a very goatland xmas 

champagne, moscato, glögg, pears in red wine sauce, garlic chicken pasta, creme brûlée, herring on jewish rye, stereolab, bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, bree, monterey jack, muenster, almond chedder, cocktail shrimp, godiva chocolates, chocolate chip cookies, fruit tart, clove oranges, lemon snow drops, stockings, pesto, olive spread, caramel popcorn, prosecco, noble fir xmas tree, candy canes, sugar cookies, ikea xmas goats, lemon curd, maine blueberries, and... presents. in summary, a very fine evening.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Buying Goats 

So, you are thinking of buying goats?

Here comes Santa Claus 

Believe it or not, our house is not completely obsessed with goats. Allow me to change the subject momentarily to something more normal, like Christmas.

We thought about celebrating a less commercial holiday, but we already had Festivus in August, and adding a real holiday like Hanukkah or Kwanzaa would have been dubious since our only tie to them is through Daniel's "Jewish" and "African-American" heritage (he went to Catholic school and has skin so light he gets freckles from cooking). So instead we all decided that in honor of this special holiday, we'd go shopping. In the last few weeks we've bought a tree, some mistletoe, ornaments, strings of lights, stockings, cards, stamps, candies...and it isn't over yet.

Not to worry though, all this commercialism has a special Goatland feel to it. For instance, the stockings are hung by the fish tank with care. Pictures will follow...

Thursday, December 09, 2004

emo goat hunter 

Soldier's loss is hunter's surprise goat, a "touching" story of how a Montana man was awarded a license to hunt mountain goats, but only because the man who was originally awarded the license ended up serving active duty in the military. Some great quotes:

- "When I talked to his dad, we had a lot of discussion," Worsech said. "What the dad said is that he wanted the hunter (Zwicker) to call his son after the hunt and talk with him about how it went."
- "I'm an extremely fortunate person. But I still kind of feel bad about the mountain goat."
- "I kind of feel bad about it. He had to lose his dream so that my dream came through."

This story is so ... repulsive.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Everything is a Goat!

"It's true! Everything is a Goat, and all appearance to the contrary is mere illusion. Scientists may scoff, and hide behind their hypotheses, but have all physicists since Einstein not been searching for a Grand Unified Theory? Besides, logic supersedes science just as day supersedes night and we can prove by logic that everything is a Goat.


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