Friday, May 13, 2011


The NBC show "Chuck" has been renewed for its fifth season. This is good news. It's a great show overall, and one of my favorites. I generally watch the morning after it's aired, since we are cable-less now, but it's worth waiting for.

The bad news: this is likely the last season for the show. I hope that the season-of-13-shows-with-option-for-more turns into a full season, and I hope that enough people join the current fans of "Chuck" to increase the numbers and keep the show going.

Synopsis: Chuck, who has been in a holding pattern since being kicked out of Stanford for cheating (he didn't) and being dumped by his girlfriend, receives a mysterious email from his old college roommate, Bryce, who was the person who turned him for cheating. The email downloads top-secret information into his brain, which can then make connections between things he sees or hears and the government data. Chuck then becomes a government asset, to be guarded and watched, but also possibly killed if things go badly.

CIA agent Sarah Walker's cover as Chuck's new girlfriend turns into something more, and NSA agent John Casey finds he has something more than being the designated shooter at the government's beck and call.

There's more to the story, but it's worth catching up on. Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD or at The last three episodes are available at or (I always watch there). You can view some episodes here - they usually do 6-7 episodes of season 1 at a time, so you can get that out of the way. And right now, today, those are episodes 1-6 of season 1, so if you haven't watched "Chuck" before, this is the perfect time to give it a try.

I'm so glad that "Chuck" will be back next fall.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Cayla didn't miss the bus to school this morning. It is the first time in 2011 she didn't have to be driven to school - other than days she was sick.

This means she's on time and not making me waste gas. Yay!

Also, Kent and his friend put some stop leak stuff in the radiator and hopefully it will hold together for a couple of days until I can get it fixed. So I'm leaving soon to go into town - genealogical society meets today and one of the members specifically asked me to come for my input on a decision they will be discussing. Cool.

In other news ...

It was just another Sunday afternoon at work. Two obits to process, a few pages to lay out. Deanna had the front page done and we thought we were going to get done in a timely fashion.

Then the sports editor said, "I hate to break it to you, but the president's going to make some big announcement at 9:30."

That was sometime after 9 p.m. It would be much, much later that we got the official word (after many "unofficial" announcements by various people) that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden.

Then was more of a waiting game - waiting for the Associated Press to provide an article, waiting for updates to the article, waiting for photos be be available. Finally, finally we sent the last pages to the press.

And I called my sister to have her pick me up and take me home, because apparently it developed another hole (this is the second time since Friday this has happened) in the radiator. I won't be able to take care of it Monday (today), so I will need a ride to work and another ride home. And then I have to figure out how to get it into town to be worked on and how to pay for that.

In the meantime, I'm heading to bed because I have to get up in less than four hours to get Cayla out of bed in time to catch the bus to school for the first time in 2011. Let's hope I'm more successful than I have been for the past four months ...