Tuesday, April 28, 2009


My current staple, and handy road food.

tri-color fusilli
pine nuts
black olives
sun-dried tomatoes
artichoke hearts
turkey bacon
sauteed garlic w touch of coffee
coarse black pepper

Monday, April 27, 2009

Raising Leopold

I spent a little time today in Indiana University's Psychological and Brain Sciences building, one of the many departments I've bothered across the country on my quest to make Leopold & Brink less cumbersome with disbelief suspension.

Here's a cartoon from one of the office doors:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

This One's For You™, Sanjay

A block away from the Indianapolis Speedway, there's a mega coke shipping plant with a myriad Coke vehicles. It was night and couldn't get to them, but here's a taste.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


The fellow I'm house/cat-sitting for is getting famous for making kids smarter way earlier than any of us want them to be. He does this by making them hang out with bees. They love it. Mostly because they aren't real bees, but a very intuitive piece of software that enables young kids to grasp complex systems by walking them through how bees notify the hive about the location of nectar. The software is called Beesign and looks like this:

And this is a kid working on it.

Great stuff, and this old professor buddy of mine is getting known as the bee guy. I had the privilege of working on the artwork and naming the thing, but he gets all the press and super models after him.

SO, the day he was returning home, as I was getting ready to pick him up from the airport, I let Solomon outside for a few minutes. When I came back in, closed the door, and went into the kitchen, where the front door and living area is still visible, there was a new guest in the house - The Goddess of all Bees, the biggest *#%ing bee ever. I spent a good amount of time trying to get her safely under glass for these shots, then we chatted about that software, and she gave me a few tips to pass on, before I let her outside and she vanished into thin air.

Friday, April 24, 2009


So there is a huge drug problem here and the city has staged a zero tolerance operation.

All of the city parks, like this fun one pictured here, are in fact collection zones where kids are captured for interrogation.

This is the first place where questioning takes place and continues for several weeks.

Here is where the kids are held in the meantime. I took this from one of the trucks delivering new kids (why the gate is open).

This is another view of their barracks.

Those who do not properly satisfy the questioners go here.

And this is where the bodies often end up.

1. real shoes, but is this a symbol for anything anymore ?
2. real park, looked really fun!
3. Bloomington City Hall
4. real kids playing in some abandoned factory
5. another view of that factory
6. Carlisle - major industry and job provider in town
7. pretty

Thursday, April 23, 2009


This was the vehicle I drove before the coming of Hobox, though I owned it in 2009, not 1969, when it rolled out of a Japanese factory. Can you recognize the pitchman in the video?
(click image for link to youtube video)

And here's a Hobox related item submitted by adorable Jeannie Fallbrook, age 9, from Mississauga, Missouri. She writes, "If you ever need to get out fast, here's an escape pod for Hobox. When they are chasing you."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


About five minutes north of Bloomington. I have no idea.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Here's a pleasant country road on the way into Bloomington.

It is late April, when does Bloomington do its thing?

There is a bit of evidence ...

... that we're not in winter throughout the trees.
It's beautiful but scant. I'll keep you up to date.

The weather here is unacceptable! It rains or shines or glooms whenever it feels like it.
When it's misty at night around here, it feels like Baskerville.

You saw one of the ladies of the house last post. Here is the other, skulking back to her safe place.
And here's ANOTHER local cat, examining Solomon, who belongs to the girl next door.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I have been writing my brains out (I have three tiny brains) and thereby slacking in my blog duties. I am currently in the Hoosier State (Indiana) which means I am in a place where no one knows what their state nickname means. Specifically, I'm in Bloomington, where I house-sit for a dear old friend, a Professor of Education at the local schoolhouse.

I'll be taking you on a tour of this college town in case you're thinking of attending but mainly because I'll be here for a little while. The closest thing to a city near here is Indianapolis, which was ranked the cheapest place to live in the country (they might have called it the most affordable) by CNN Money, and I'll give you some peeks at that place too. Maybe even Hindustan if you're lucky, which is quite near here.

I've joined a local soccer team, Telecom, and we play Thursday nights, so I'll update you on my health problems assuming I can move my limbs Friday.

And I will report the state of the King, who shares a two bedroom townhouse with two young girls. Look forward to a blog at least thrice a week or my fake Missouri daughter Aliesha will be very disappointed. And I can't have that.

Here is the trip so far in total. I'll be continuing east, and if you have any suggested routes, destinations, or couches you'd like me and Solomon to visit, get in touch or leave a comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


"S" represents the starting point of the journey, Los Angeles, CA.
#1 represents Julian, CA, the location of the first blog post.

A note regarding the Midwest peoples: As there is no crime or cynicism, they are able to do things like this - practice the Beatles song Michelle in a grocery store.

In other news, Arsenal cruised into the semi-finals yesterday with a 3-0 second leg victory. Here are some highlights:

Le Professor celebrates Walcott's goal. Arsenal 1 Villareal 0

Adebayor about to slot one in. Arsenal 2 Villareal 0

Van Persie gets ready to take a penalty shot.

Adebayor and Eboue bring Van Persie into their traditional goal celebration dance after he makes it 3 Arsenal for the final score: 3-0.

Friday, April 10, 2009


The journey so far ... details to follow.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Dear Readers,

Ever since my Igor threw the switch on Google Analytics so that I could see who was visiting hoboxia and from where on this beautiful earth map, I have been interested* in getting at least a hit from every country on the map (for design reasons of course). If any of you know anyone in one of the blank countries, I will give you 100 Hoboxia Dollars** per country for getting them to check out the blog. (bonus dollars for Greenland and Madagascar)

In the meantime, here are some beautiful TRACTORS !! yeee haw

*totally obsessed
**equivalent to 3 pesos or 1/10 a lock of Solomon's hair