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I’ve had a couple of road jobs recently and have been contemplating the verities of the universe, the meaning of life, and other assorted very deep thoughts.  Well, that’s always what I plan to do on a road trip.  It usually doesn’t work out that way. This week I wasn’t able to get my new […]

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My Idea for a new Winter Sport

This is a team competition combining Snowboard Cross with Biathlon. 2 snowboarders and one shooter per team.  The shooter uses a paintball gun and gets one round only.  The shooter can set up anywhere on the course and can shoot either a snowboarder or another shooter.  If you’re hit, you’re out (shooter or boarder).  3 […]

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From the “Things I never thought I would ever do” file

A lot of weird things have been happening here in the Ratlands.  That, in and of itself, isn’t particularly noteworthy.  After all, the unofficial motto of the Ratlands is the Hunter S. Thompson quote, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  A couple of years ago when the transvestite asked me for fashion […]

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The Obligatory Ratlands World Cup post

I’ve not written about the World Cup this year for a couple of reasons.  First, my knowledge (and therefore my comments) on the subject, while significantly greater than most Americans, is minimal, which means that if you don’t give a rat’s ass about the World Cup you aren’t going to learn anything of stunning importance […]

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Another Saturday Night

From the “Too Much Information” file:  I started physical therapy last week for a condition called adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder to those of us without a medical degree).  That’s actually good news, as I suspected (and the preliminary reading of the MRI tentatively confirmed) a torn rotator cuff.  The surgeon decided there was no tear […]

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The Sunday Night “Drink the Kool-aid” link-fest

According to my mother, my sister and her husband bought a SmartCar.  I don’t know why (although, I am not above some snarky speculation), but I’m sure my nephew will just love driving to school in a used moped-with-a-roof in a few years.  I guess my brother-in-law is driving it to work now.  I’ll be […]

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Speaking of “you’d have to be there”

I am not an advocate of violence for the sake of violence.  I prefer “peace through superior firepower.”  Unfortunately, there are some situations where normal logic and rational thought just don’t apply (no, I am not, in this instance, referring to either major political party). Football (what we Americans refer to as soccer) is one […]



The Iditarod race started this past weekend.  One of my late aunt’s favorite mushers, Martin Buser was leading last I checked. Since it has been a while since I talked about it, I’ve decided to re-post something I first put up on the previous incarnation of Ratlands 5 years ago regarding why I follow the […]

Good Game

Long time readers will know that I don’t watch American Football.  Under normal circumstances, I just can’t maintain interest in the “3 plays and a cloud of commercials”.  I haven’t seen a regular season football game (college or pro) since the early 90’s. I’ve been spoiled by soccer, where you see some commercials then the […]

See Spot Run, pt. 2

Congratulations to Lance Mackey who pulled into Nome about an hour ago.  It is his first time to win the Iditarod.  Strangely enough, both his father and brother have won the Iditarod, and all three of them were wearing the number 13 bib when they did. As of this moment, Paul Gebhardt has also finished, […]

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