That would be the fall of man, in the Garden of Eden. Not the seasonal change a few days away.

Mosquitoes are meat eaters – well, blood-suckers. Leviticus 17:11 says “For the life of the flesh is in the blood”. In Genesis 1:29-30, God is speaking to Adam and Eve. “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.”

We are left with two choices, from my perspective. Either the mosquitoes were sap-suckers, or they didn’t exist then.

Not an argument in favor of evolution. Things change over time, yes. Things die out – the dodo for one, and I don’t know of any current creature that fits the description of Leviathan. And as cute as a Shiba Inu doge is, I really doubt that there was one (or two) in the Garden.

I don’t find mosquitoes specifically mentioned in the curse when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden. I also don’t see mention of the Blue Screen Of Death that can plague computer work, nor do I see those little yapping ankle-biting dogs that are surely a physical part of the curse, if not part of the spiritual side.

If I were to venture a guess, I’d say that hummingbirds were part of the sinless, pre-Fall garden, and mosquitoes came after the banishment. Pure speculation, and I can be convinced otherwise. I also don’t consider it a test of fellowship (if anyone has thought about it and has an opinion).

One lizard is interesting.

A thousand lizards are a massive bother.

We don’t have lizards. I was just thinking of how a thing could be both good and bad. And that’s about how deep my thinking goes when I’m on-call.

I recently renewed my driver’s license.

The good news is that across the four years since the last one, my weight had not increased. Pound-for-pound the same.

The bad news is that about a year ago, I weighted thirty pounds less. So in about a year, I picked up thirty pounds.

The good news is that only about ten pounds of that came after the quarantine – so once that is lifted (or I get the gumption), it will go away.

The bad news is that means there’s about twenty pounds that I don’t have an excuse for. Woe is me.

I like science. I like pizza. I really like it when I can combine the two.

Today’s subject is self-rising Supreme pizzas. Freschetta, Meijer, and Digiorno. All prices are the same – $5.49.

I started with the odd man out. Lighter color box – neat wrapper, great toppings.

Baked on a pan, the Freschetta was tasty and a touch spicy. Not too far off pizzeria pizza. I’d buy this one again.

Next up: Meijer. Surprisingly low end, given that it’s the same price. Baked directly on the oven rack, the edges were closer to burning while the center was barely warm.

It came in plastic shrink wrap, and the toppings could have been from a three dollar pizza. Pass.

Finally, Digiorno. In a comfy plastic enclosure like the Freschetta, this one went straight onto the rack. Toppings looked fresh.

Pizza was good, but ingredients weren’t evenly distributed

Am I looking for pizza perfection? No – this is not Giordano’s. But these are being positioned as upscale pies. One must have pizza standards.

So anyway, here’s my judgment. Bottom rung is the house brand. Then Digiorno, and Freschetta coming out on top. Even with the spicier sauce, that’s my top choice.

And that’s how you do science.

Mizithromax, of course.  Good for what ails you, whether it’s hunger or disease.

And yes, I am short on sleep.  Why do you ask?

I do production support for my company. We’ve been having some significant problems with one product, here called Product.

My manager created a communication channel in our chat tool called Product Issues.

Since this is such a problem, and since as on-call this week I’m the recipient of many of those problems, I (in my head) renamed the room to Produc Tissues. Makes me want to cry.

And of course my new icon is


I started an indoor garden on May 2. Lettuce, chives, and basil. Lettuce is doing great

And I just had my second harvest

Lettuce is on the right

I know the “garden” is way too full. I’m OK with that. My garden, my ceramic pocket knife to harvest, my plastic tub from the dollar store.

And my artisanal, hand-sown, individually gathered lettuce leaves for my lunch meat sandwich.

Wayne Spry died Thursday, at the age of 94 years and a few months. He will be buried next week by a little church down in Kentucky that he helped build.

1 Thes 4:13 says Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

It is a different kind of grief – and yet it is definitely still grief.

From a birthday celebration three months ago

His wife Gwen preceded him by a few years. Her motto was FROG – Fully Relying On God. Interesting that tonight Bettie found a frog in one of our window wells – and as I was catching that one, I found a toad there also. I categorically do not believe that God sent these two critters as some sort of a sign – and I know that Wayne was also in the FROG category.

Wayne was a great man, who didn’t know how great he was. Humble, caring, always dressed up to go to church. For him, that was part of honoring God.

I’m going to miss him.

On our sidewalk, and not shy at all.

But I am enjoying my garden. Six kinds of lettuce, basil, and chives. Sure it’s gonna be crowded. That’s part of the fun.

Planted Saturday May 2.