Robert Stuart Coulter, my great-great-great-great grandfather was honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. They placed a marker in the United Christ Church cemetery in Grantfork, IL. He is believed to be buried on his old farm east of Grantfork.
w00tstock 2.2 was absolutely amazing. It ran almost 5 hours long. The Captain's Wife's Lament spanned two days and at least one person's birthday.
I should mention that you will see Len Peralta's floating head in the background of many of these photos. He was working on a special custom poster that was only made available. He did the whole thing up on stage right behind the right microphone.
My parents found these guys in their basement. The mother took two of her babies and left these two behind. My parents are taking care of them for a few days until they can take them to a rescue center.
Julie wanted to buy some alpaca fiber for felting. She found a farm nearby that let us come out and buy several big bags of fleece. They also let us get in the pasture and meet the alpacas. If you live near Highland, IL and want fleece, check out www.alwaysalpacas.com/
Julie and I took some friends to the Botanical Gardens with our new membership. It was a rainy day, so not many people were there. The irises were blooming.
The best part was the gaggle of geese we saw in the Japanese garden, goslings and all. One of the parents beat her wings and hissed at us when we got a little to close, so we backed up and snapped a ton of pictures.
Ever since we moved into our current apartment, we knew that there was a squirrel skull (and other assorted bones) behind a bush by our steps. We waited until today to harvest them to let most of the skin rot off. Included is a preliminary collection of photographs. I got a surprising number of bones including a bunch of loose vertebrae and the lower jaw. Bones from most parts of the body were found, but only one paw was intact.
Before the John Hodgman book signing, Julie and I visited the awesome Millenium Park in Chicago. This time I had my camera with me and was able to take some cool shots of the Cloud Gate and The Crown Fountain.
Sunday night, Julie drove through a horrible storm with winds strong enough to almost push the car into another lane. Twenty minutes later, we hit the other side of the storm and were greeted by a beautiful rainbow and sunset. All the while, lightning was flashing around us.
On All Saints Day, 2005, my wife and I found this majestic huge cowboy outside a casual clothing store in Norwich, CT. Though his hat was rusted, he still stood proud, holding an American Flag. More info on the "Muffler Men"