August 6th, 2004

Slant of Life

The other afternoon, while Kim was at the movies, Skylar and I came home to one of those rain showers that's light enough to play in, yet heavy enough to make good splashes. She used her duck umbrella; I borrowed her ladybug one from IKEA. Then I followed her up and down the street as she did her best Gene Kelly impression. Afterwards, she relaxed in the front yard Kim has worked so hard to improve:

Then she surveyed her domain. The monsoon has seemed fairly light so far, but at least our flood-control basin is newly rich with green. I call it our temporary Ireland:

Later on, Laurie and Travis brought over some chocolate chip cookies and invited Skylar over for an evening play session. I made sure she crossed the street safely, then headed back inside to finish my dinner. But the light was too good, so my spicy ground beef-and-onion with feta concoction had to wait. I fetched the camera and photographed from sunset to afterglow. Sometimes even a subdivison can mimic the Spanish baroque:

Here's our house -- taken from Kim's parents front yard -- in all its tract-home glory:

I'm not the world's most religious person, but I will gladly prostrate myself before the god of light.

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McCain Again

A while back, I characterized John McCain as having been gradually "reeled in" by the Bush campaign. That assertion was staunchly countered by Steven and others who pointed out how conservative McCain's voting record is. I have no doubts on that latter score, but still get the sense that McCain has misgivings about our current President that go beyond his rage at being poorly treated by Bush supporters in the 2000 primary season. Today's news supports that conviction:
Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" and urged the White House on Thursday to condemn it as well.
Perhaps McCain is simply acting as a man "de honor" on this point. Either way, his comments are the kind of intervention that may undercut the nastier tactics that Karl Rove has in mind.
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