100% compostable? It should read 100% combustible. Only 30 seconds in a microwave before I could smell something burning. I'm lucky I don't have a lap full of lukewarm coffee.

A tourist trolley stops to pick up a passenger along Main Street. Deadwood, South Dakota. August 2019. 🇺🇲

The boardwalk at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, several days after a Nor'easter blew through. The boardwalk didn't exist when I was a youngster growing up in Salisbury. In its place was a row of rundown seasonal businesses that had their heyday decades earlier, when Salisbury was considered more of a resort destination. April 2018. 🇺🇲

I had planned to spend most of my Labor Day weekend getting my new computer build put together, but the reality is I was up and running by about 10 am yesterday. This was my first time, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I had made a bootable USB stick for the operating system a few weeks ago, and the BIOS found it at startup with no additional configuration.

I saw a lot of these signs when I drove around the Florida Keys several weeks after Hurricane Irma. Key West, October 2017. 🇺🇲


The summit of Pic St. Loup, in the Hérault department of France. We hiked here one overcast morning while staying in nearby Montpellier. If you look closely, you'll see the top of the head of @kathryn. May 2019. 🇫🇷

The famous Estadio Azteca after a soccer game. Cruz Azul had just defeated Puebla 3-0, and the fans were chanting joyfully. Mexico City, Mexico, July 2018. 🇲🇽

I was the altar server at Mass this morning, as I often am on Mondays. Check out today's intentions! Our parish has a backlog of over six months for intentions, so it's not too hard to imagine what event triggered this.

New computer build underway. I haven't yet decided for sure what I'm putting under the hood, but since this is my first-ever build, I'm going to keep it modest with room to grow. However, I did know I wanted an old-school optical drive, and since it was cheap, I installed it first. I'm hoping to be done by Labor Day.

Why go out for lunch when you have a fridge full of leftovers? I saw rice, so my mind immediately went to stir fry. There was also some Spam, a can of which I opened for breakfast earlier this week. And there were green onions, although not technically leftovers since I bought them for next week's breakfasts. Add a little oil and soy sauce and voilà!

New SSD install in progress on my wife's ancient Mac Mini. @kathryn

When my wife is away, I'm stuck on paw patrol. I'm supposed to feed the cat first thing when I wake up, but I usually have coffee first. This morning the cat feigned indifference by posing for a photo on her infinity scratcher.


Public pay phones still exist in the United States. I saw these two yesterday in Keystone, South Dakota, the town nearest to Mount Rushmore. Both appeared to be in good shape, although I didn't verify with a call.

Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. The visitors center is under construction, so this was as close as we could get today without taking the hiking trails. It was a bit too warm today for a long hike, especially when my next destination was not a shower, but an airplane. All things considered, this view wasn't bad.

Even cowboys need their morning pick-me-up. Wild West Espresso in Sundance, Wyoming. ☕

Park in front of the Crook County Courthouse in , . I'm waiting for my friend to take care of some business at a bank up the street.

Almost everyone who's seen me standing here taking photos has said hello. The town has a population of just over 1,000.

A at No. 10 Saloon in , South Dakota. It was an Irish red ale from a Rapid City brewer, but I've already forgotten the name.

It was the only time I've seen my friend's mom drink a beer during this trip. Or ever, as far as I can remember.

Yesterday I took a bus tour of Deadwood, South Dakota, to see its historical sites. The Mt. Moriah Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Deadwood's most famous characters. These photos are the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, which are next to one another.

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