Monthly Archives: January 2017


By | January 30, 2017

Dora Furr’s “Russian Tea” aka Tang Tea

By | January 29, 2017

2 cups Tang orange instant drink powder 1 cup sweetened lemonade powder 1/2 cup instant tea powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg Mix well. Use 2 heaping teaspoons to one cup boiling water.

Depression-Era Values

By | January 29, 2017

Mom was a child of the Depression. She was born two months before the market crashed and she grew up one of eight kids in a rural Florida family where the father was frequently unemployed and the mother was frequently in mental hospitals. A large percentage of what they ate, they grew or raised themselves. One simply didn’t… Read More »

Regarding Trump: Words fail me

By | January 29, 2017

As far as I can tell, I’m the only person (or close to it) in my Facebook circle of friends who isn’t venting spleen about Trump and his deranged, totalitarian antics. It’s not that I’m not disgusted and/or worried sick. I am. It’s just that my brain literally can’t make sense of how so many people still support Trump.… Read More »


By | January 28, 2017

Seen (and enthusiastically applauded) today on Home Avenue in Burlington, Vermont:

Violate All Principles of Decency and Sanity This Halloween

By | January 28, 2017

For those of you with depraved senses of humor, here’s your Halloween 2017 costume.1If you really want one, search for “Inflatable Mr Superawesomeness Adult Patrick Costume”. And may God have mercy on your soul. Just imagine wearing this, lumbering down the streets of your town, shouting “THERE IS NO GOD”. Footnotes   [ + ] 1. ↑ If you really… Read More »

Hey, Honey!

By | January 27, 2017

It’s pathetic, really, but I still get warm fuzzies thinking about the time I called Carole from a crowded downtown Seattle coffee shop (one with a green and white mermaid logo) and loudly exclaimed “Hey, honey, they have Starbucks here in Seattle too!” You could have heard a pin drop anytime in the next ten seconds. It was… Read More »

Performance Review

By | January 24, 2017

I’ve worked for my current employer for almost 19 years. In that time, I’ve been through a vast swamp of performance review systems. You name it, we’ve probably tried it, from picking three co-workers to review you, to reviewing yourself and having your manager go over the review with you, to reaching into a bag of randomly selected… Read More »

The Banality of Hawaii

By | January 23, 2017

Carole (aka Squeaky) and I are leaving for vacation in a couple of weeks. We’re heading to Hawaii, for a cruise that starts in Honolulu but spends a couple of days at Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. The cruise is six nights and seven days, and we’ll be staying on Waikiki Beach for three days both before and after.… Read More »

Strangeness at Night

By | January 23, 2017

Last night I woke up around 2:30 am, sitting upright in bed, with the light on, having been dreaming of trying to sign someone up for Vermont Health Connect. I think I was trying to sign my cat Starlight up for health insurance, only she already has it, so that’s okay. I knew it would happen sometime. I’ve… Read More »