Pando Forest, Utah

Inside the largest living organism on Earth.

It wasn’t too long ago, maybe 10 years, that I learned aspen grow as colonies, each tree an identical genetic clone of the others in its colony. You can see this in fall when the colors on many nearby trees change at the same time.

As soon as I started poking around at the Utah map in preparation for our trip to Capitol Reef National Park a couple weeks ago, I knew we were going to have to make a stop at Pando, a 106 acre aspen colony that is the single largest living organism in the world, the heaviest, and likely the oldest at ~80,000 years!

We had a great few mile hike through the forest. Very quiet, very peaceful, and so many aspens.

I give Nicolas Cage a lot of grief

I give Nicolas Cage a lot of grief, but every once and a while I remember another movie he was in that was really good. Bringing Out the Dead came up the other day while driving and I hadn’t thought of that in a long time.

The list of truly good Cage movies I’ve seen that I can think of now is:

He was a lot of fun in Face / Off, which I sometimes think I enjoyed because of the switch with Travolta, who is also on my meh list. I probably had fun during Con Air and The Rock, but my memory thinks of them as the same movie.

And I’ve watched Gone in Sixty Seconds a large handful of times because it’s just a lot of fun.

I couldn’t come up with anything post-2002 though. It’s entirely possible that National Treasure came out and I started proactively avoiding his movies. I have no idea why. 🤷🏼‍♂️

I’ve never had to report for jury duty

In near 20 years of eligibility, I’ve never had to report for jury duty. The only time I’ve ever been summoned (that I know of) was by Multnomah County shortly after we moved to Pullman. I was super bummed to check the box saying I had moved.

This is all probably because of how much I appreciate the idea of serving on a jury. 12 Angry Men has long held a place in my top 5 movies and I’ve often wondered if it could be required viewing for potential jurors as an example of the battle with and importance of reasonable doubt.

I was reminded of this when I saw Dave Winer’s (self-admittedly impractical) note about only allowing those who have served on juries to vote.

Anyhow. I expect a notice any day now that I’ve said it out loud. 🙂