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October 12, 2005

the snakeheads are running

no, this isn't roccoIt looks like the snakehead breeding cycle is stimulated by flooding. During the heavy rains last weekend they were observed migrating upstream in areas of the Potomac, much like salmon would, or more like the bowfin (dogfish) do back home in the bottomlands of the Mississippi during spring flooding season, going inland during high waters to breed. The two species even have the same morphology (shape), another example of parallel evolution into similar ecological niches.

Oh, sorry for the evolution reference to all those who subscribe to intelligent design. But then again y'all probably think the fish walks around on two legs too.

In the recent WaPo article about the fish they again quoted the hottie fisheries biologist I lust over. WOOF! Sadly, no pictures available of hottie fisheries biologist with the most recent article, but here's a peek at the hottie from an article in May. This Just In: video footage of hottie fisheries biologist. Click on 'alien fish' link in upper right corner of browser window.

In other rain-related news, rugby practice was mercifully cancelled last night due to a muddy field that the city parks department does not want their fields trampled like a herd of water buffalo had hosted a circuit party on 'em. Me body needed a break anyway, and maybe the wounds on my knees may get the chance to heal over before Christmas.

This week marks my two-year anniversary in the same job, quite an accomplishment after my ride on the dot-com rollercoaster chasing salaries and sane places to work. I believe this is also the longest time I have been in one workplace during my eight years in Washington, D.C. My "longevity" where I work now is due to the fact that I finally sat down and gave some thought about what I wanted to do, and targeted jobs that I really wanted, rather than what would pay the most or sounded most fabulous. I like what I do, and it shows in my work and my mood.

I am thinking about getting rid of my cell phone. I need to cut expenses, and a cell phone is an extravagance. I plan most of what I do, and I can gab with my friends from home. Homer is pretty much the only person I call for any period of time these days.

Posted by jimbo at October 12, 2005 10:16 AM


Wow congrats! I know all about the rollercoaster... The longest job I have held was 3 years... Ironically I blogged about the same type of things this morning! I'm much happier now - even with a 21k paycut. And the benes are so much better and I have a plan finally!

Now I just need to cut expenses too. Don't get rid of your phone too, nowadays you just should have one. Get rid of your landline if you have one - or go to a prepaid model like Virgin Mobile - much easier. Oh yeah and if you haven't done it yet - kill cable (sorry tv people) and get a netflix account - with what you will save on cable you can get the super netflix account that lets you have out like 8 at a time... One man's opinion - I find there's nothing on tv, I'm generally too busy to watch it and if I need to watch the news (my bf is a producer at a local station otherwise I get my news on the web) I have rabbit ears. People laugh but I haven't missed the $40-60 a month bill! :-)

Posted by: TOS at October 12, 2005 1:44 PM

I saw "snakehead" and the pic of the biologist. After that, the combination of both in my head made things a little confusing and I have no idea what this post was about. ;-)

Posted by: palochi at October 12, 2005 1:50 PM

I concur with TOS . . . you don't need cable if you have Netflix and some semblance of a life (although I do miss my weekly Dominic fix on Lost). And drop the land line, too.

Incidentally, if you're giving a shout out to intelligent design, don't forget to include Flying Spaghetti Monsterism (http://www.venganza.org).

Posted by: Boo Augustus at October 12, 2005 2:32 PM

what kind of ring is the hottie sporting in that picture?? Just askin'...

Posted by: Andy at October 12, 2005 4:31 PM

I'll let you drop the cell phone if you get me that hunky biologist's phone number.

Posted by: homer at October 12, 2005 7:15 PM

This guy looks like the hunky biologist: same facial hair, same ring and same fingernails.

I'm at my 2 year point too, which is I think my norm for switching jobs.

Posted by: copperred at October 12, 2005 11:55 PM

"are running"? You ARE from Wisconsin!

Posted by: sgb at October 13, 2005 11:33 AM

Oh yeah - and if you have broadband at home already (much more valuable than cable or landline) you should try Skype (http://www.skype.com). It's really neat - lil different than things like Vonage or Sunrocket (though those are great too and still cheaper if you need to keep a home line). They were just purchased by ebay - so hopefully that is a vote of support and not an excuse for them to raise the price (from free!)

Posted by: TOS at October 14, 2005 10:06 AM