As I mentioned in my earlier entry, a police officer from the department my wife used to work for was shot and killed. We went to the university Friday night, more or less to check in with her former boss. As undersatandably haggard and grim as he was, I think her brief presence there brightened him up a little. Afterward, we stopped by the police car memorial they setup (his patrol car, windows blacked out, car covered in flowers), than at a makeshift memorial someone setup at the spot he was shot. Kat spent the better part of an hour lighting and relighting tealights someone has setup.
Saturday was a bit more fun. After sleeping in, we headed down to Madison to the Chautauqua festival. From what I gather, a Chautauqua is a cultural arts festival, part art show, crafts market, concert, traveling tent show, and hullabaloo. Any way you slice it, it's a nice way to spend an afternoon. We took our dog Edison with us. There were signs that said "no pets", so we just stuck him in a large canvas bookbag and carried him around like luggage. Amazing how cute and adorable the little shit can be when he puts his mind to it.
Sunday was not a day of rest. I FINALLY got around to painting the rest of the fence. I managed to get at least one coat on the entire accessible fence (didn't get to the areas covered with bramble or screened off with chicken wire), and did a second coat on some parts. I ran out of paint, though. I figure another gallon or two, and I should have everything more or less presentable.
I took a break halfway through to watch the Colts game. Damn, that was some of the best football I've seen in a long time. Tons of offense through the air (Peyton had 5 passing touchdowns in the first half, Favre had two), and just enough defense to keep it interesting (one critical fumble recovery, and a final-nail-in-the-coffin interception). Next week, Jacksonville.