Archive for July, 2009

A tiny tribute to Katie

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Here's a chat I just had with Verizon. I'll bet Katie is smiling proudly at me from her cloud of energy (note what I wrote at 16:24:56). Technically, if we were French, I suppose that ' could be a substitute for "vertisement". However, we're not French, and ad is now ...

Getting to know you thing for Facebook

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

1. What time did you get up this morning?7:20am2. How do you like your steak?Medium rare3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?Don't remember… maybe Men in Black 2 (don't like cinema, too much side noise, movie volume usually too loud, and can't pause the movie to ...

A different kind of vision…

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

So, I got up this morning, put on my glasses, and came to the computer. Everything was beyond focus. I had to sit back an extra foot from the screen, and it still wasn't right. I thought "Did my vision suddenly improve overnight?" After several minutes of worry and concern—having read ...

How to break two ribs

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I'm filing this under Travelogue, since it involved a trip. Here's where I fell and broke two ribs 16 days ago. It was a little gray today, but you can still see how you go from bright sunlight into heavy shade. I was wearing sunglasses and removed them, but my eyes were ...

How can I be an atheist?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

One of Katie's dearest friends asked me about my atheism and how it fits into the odd phenomenon I saw a few nights ago. I've decided to venture further out onto my limb and blog my response. I don't believe in the supernatural. As an atheist, I don't believe there's a ...

Facebook Application for Windows Mobile 6.x

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Patrick Bossman mentioned yesterday that there's a Facebook application for the Blackberry. This left me with app-envy, of course. This morning, however, it occurred to me that there might be a generic application for Facebook for Windows mobile. Three seconds of Googling, and I'd found it. It's about 800K, ...

Jumping the Shark…

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I'm not sure I can put into words the weird optical experience I had last night. I had spent the previous fifteen minutes crying and grieving for some of Katie's friends—empathizing with what they had lost. It's one of the many stages of grief I've been through, having wept many ...

Is, not was

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

While it is cathartic to write about and talk about what Karen, Katie's family and friends, and I are going through, it is heartrendingly painful to think about Katie in the past tense. It's like saying "The sun was…", "The moon was…", or "Humanity was…". I just went through two ...

How I’m doing…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

When I was in graduate school, my first job was in the sociology department's graduate library. It was a moderately large space on the 4th or 5th floor—and I don't believe anyone ever came into it when I was working there. It was a very lonely and depressing place—so far ...

Katie’s computer

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I got up the nerve to try to boot Katie's computer—it booted. However, we were unable to learn from her Outlook calendar and contacts the name of the dental surgeon who was going to extract her wisdom teeth later this summer. We would like to cancel the appointment. I guess ...

Katherine Anne Windau “Katie” Tyson

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Katherine Anne Windau Tyson, 21, a student, rights activist, environmental activist, and young adult Unitarian Universalist leader, died on July 2 in Colorado when her car was struck head on by another car just south of the Wyoming border. Katie Tyson, as she was known to friends and family, died ...

Wanted: padded sidewalks

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

The sidewalks are out to get me. I thought I'd take a short walk to try to clear the cobwebs from my mind and body. A sidewalk discontinuity rose before my left foot, and I tripped and fell... chest first. I now have a bloody left elbow and bruised (only ...

It never ends

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

We are in Fremont, Indiana. Our arrival was delayed by heavy rain, road construction, and a crash ahead of us—somewhere near the Indiana/Ohio border—that resulted in four deaths. We now know the pain from that kind of loss. Tonight, others are finding out, just as we did six days ago, ...

Fort Collins to Council Bluffs

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

First, let me say how profoundly grateful and touched Karen and I are at the outpouring of love from all of our friends. You share our sadness, and you share your strength with us. Your strength and love sustain us. We picked up Katie's ashes this morning at Vessey Funeral ...

Deeply Connected

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Today was the saddest day of my life, even sadder than last Friday when we first learned of our loss. We were fortified and supported, however by Reverend Mo White, the Concannons, and by the help of Dan Concannon, who agreed to box up Katie's possessions and send them to ...

Preventable Tragedy

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I don't have all of the relevant statistics, but quotes in the Coloradoan say that the stretch of Highway 287 between Laramie and Fort Collins has been the scene of a large number of fatal crashes. This is where my daughter was killed on Thursday afternoon. We have not visited ...

Helena, Montana to Ellensburg, Washington

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I'm in Ellensburg, Washington, having driven about 480 miles from Helena, Montana via Idaho. I posted pictures of the journey in Facebook. Here's the view from the Ellensburg Comfort Inn parking lot. Tomorrow, I'll drive to Vancouver, where Karen is. Then we'll begin the journey eastward.

Old Yellerstone

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Yesterday was a lot of fun. Katie, Heather, and I hiked a loop around a lot of geysers and pools starting from near Old Faithful. The most impressive to me was the chromatic pool. Karen, of course, would really appreciate Economic Geyser. We saw OF erupt three times. I posted lots of ...