Mar 282015
 

Lea, the boys, and I went to the Tennessee Aquarium yesterday, to notch a little something Spring Breaky and to check out the new Alligator Bayou exhibit.

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This is inside the freshwater building, in the first large habitat exhibit you encounter after the otters at the top. There are 12 American alligators, with a realistic-looking swamp shack dominating the rear wall. It’s a cool effect.

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Most of them still have juvenile striping, and even the one I saw with adult coloration couldn’t have been much longer than six feet.

They let us see them very well, but didn’t really do much. Part of me wonders how much a dozen small-to-medium well-fed alligators are ever going to do in such an environment other than lounge.

Maybe I’ll go back in the fall and see how much bigger they are.

 Posted by at 9:52 pm
Mar 272015
 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Army charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, was controversially exchanged last year for five senior Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo.

These charges come despite strong indications that the White House tried to tamp them down, thereby preserving whatever deceitful narrative it is promulgating today on the matter. Any rational examination of the facts indicates that in charging Bergdahl the Army got it right, despite what I’m sure was considerable pressure to not get it right.

I’m heartened not just by that, but by what it represents in a larger sense. It’s another indication that this greatest country in the world shall survive the petulant, treacherous brat ostensibly “leading” it at the moment.

Though America has certainly suffered her wounds under him, it seems that two hundred thirty-nine years of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not easily undone by one man and his evil band, however motivated.

 Posted by at 6:01 am
Mar 262015
 

It’s finally IndyCar race week! Thanks to my friend Paul for planting the intermittent fasting seed in my head. I’m giving it a go with one of the simpler regimens: I get all of my calories for a day within an eight-hour window. In my case, that’s shaking out to be 11:30 to 7:30. Essentially, […]

 Posted by at 11:15 am

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