Another Saturday Night in the Driveway

Date October 19, 2009

The weather was too perfect to not have a fire in our driveway last Saturday. It was a small group — only three families — but it was a fun evening. The classic image of the evening was of four girls aged 5 and under all simultaneously roasting marshmallows: That led to some gooey mess […]

Neighborhood Car Jumps Neighborhood Humans

Date September 26, 2009

Last night wound up as another “fire in the Wilsons’ driveway” evening (followed by night golf at Smuirfield, which was followed by a little Texas Hold ‘Em — just another night in central Ohio suburbia). Julie, Carson, and Alana were en route to Virginia to return her mom to her home and to attend Julie’s […]

Side Benefit of Moving from Texas to Ohio — Less Hurricane Impact. Right?

Date September 16, 2008

I’m still not entirely clear on how Ike managed to hit the entire state of Ohio harder than it hit Austin, TX, but that’s apparently what happened. Granted, what we’ve had was nothing like what hit Beaumont, Galveston, Sour Lake, Crystal Beach, and the like. (On the Crystal Beach front, Ron took a look at […]

Fire-Fanning Gadgetry Misapplied

Date January 7, 2008

A couple of years ago, I tracked down a hand-cranked bellows sold by Campmor. This was shortly after Benton had gotten going with coaxing campfires back from glowing embers when he woke up in the morning. Frankly, I was a little concerned that he would hyperventilate some day, as using his lungs to fan the […]