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January - June 2012
The Kitchen Counter Archives
January 14, 2012
The training has begun. I really hope our baby is born
without a tail.
February 11, 2012
I am officially old. Today my District 17 AMA card arrived,
and you can see what class I am signed up for this year.
Well, at least there's still an "A" after the "40+".....
March 3, 2012
The Ozark 100 was hard on equipment. The rocks and rain
ate my brake pads down to nothing, the rear wheel bearings
seized, and one of my boot soles was flapping in the wind
when I quit the race. Any number of adhesives will do a
decent job in reattaching the sole to the boot, but securing
the sole while the glue is drying, that's a challenge.

Here we have use #10432 for duct tape. Once the sole was
set in place, I used the tape not only to keep the sole where
it needed to stick, but also to compress the sole against the
boot. The professional cobblers may scoff at such
amateurism, but it worked just fine for me. The boot is
back, just in time for the racing season to begin.
March 22, 2012
It's been a rough 4 months for the Illini. In November, we
sent head football coach Ron Zook packing. This month we
fired the head coaches for both the men's and women's
basketball teams. And today, University President Michael
Hogan resigned under pressure.

But don't worry, Illini, I still have faith. And so does Duck
Tape. We are Illinois.
March 23, 2012
This is what logistics has come to, folks. I give you Home
Depot, and an Internet order I placed this week. I ordered 4
items, two of which arrived today via UPS. These are drill
bits, each weighing about an ounce apiece. The were shipped
individually in the envelopes shown above.  

I'm sure the PhD's at Home Depot used their algorithms to
figure out that the two warehouses which stocked these
separate drill bits could ship them to me cheaper in individual

Or maybe this is a sign that I need to short NYSE:HD.
Chicago-style pizza, if you've lived your life under a rock
and never tasted it, is one of the great Midwest traditions. I
took it very much for granted when I lived in that fine city,
and now, most of the time, my main outlet for it lies in my
own kitchen. It starts with the above, and ends with the
April 17, 2012
Nothing fancy here. No veggies, fruits, nuts or berries. Just
meat and cheese and thick crust. Pizza stone and paddle

July 10, 2012
One year ago, I was leading a team of 9 or 10 or 11 ragtag
bicyclists to a destination called Glenwood for an epic ride
RAGBRAI. Preparations were nearly complete by
mid-July, and the ride was as much an adventure as we all

One of the souvenirs we collected was this plastic cup. There
is no better-known convenience store anywhere in the U.S.
The friendly young guy working the Des Moines-area store
late at night gave us a handful of these, as well as other
logo marketing items.

Now, every time I fill up the bird feeder, I am reminded of

We will be back someday.