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Merry Christmas!

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Cutting a piñon pine tree in the Clover Mountains near Caliente Nevada. Dave, Caroline, and Andrew Syzdek.


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Me and Dad, Thanksgiving 2011. I try to be thankful every day, but sometimes the rush and pace of life causes me to take my good fortune for granted. Most of all I am thankful for my parents, who have always set a great example of being generous and caring. Their marriage of 62 years […]

I am more of a realist than a romantic so I really think that there are probably several, if not many, women nearby that I could be perfectly happy having a long term relationship with. The relationships that I have been in have, for the majority of their lifetimes, have been amazing and fulfilling up […]

Good Times

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Week long whitewater rafting trip on the Green River in Utah though Desolation and Gray Canyons. Watch annular eclipse from centerline in SW Utah (not as cool as the total eclipse I saw in Baja California Sur in 1991 but neat). Find wild woundfin in the Virgin River. Watch the transit of Venus. Find more […]

Zombies and dinosaurs on the cake! Awesome!

Caroline, best wishes for a happy birthday! Love, Dad

Humorous and touching talk about living through a life and death moment:


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Got a good chuckle this morning from this comic. I did my undergrad thesis on conspicuous consumption in landscapes and lawns and based it on Thorstein Veblen’s 1899 book, Theory of the Leisure Class.

I have over 10 readers. At this rate….. Anyway, I’d rather not think about it.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger. Most people who were alive then remember that day vividly. I was in 8th grade (incidentally, at the same school my daughter now is in 1st grade). In the middle of the day, there was a strange announcement over the PA system. It […]