Monthly Archives: January 2018

Hoons At Night

By | January 29, 2018

Note 1: Carole, like any adult, has occasional bad dreams that prevent her from getting a good night’s sleep. Note 2: Carole typically has a terrible temper in the morning, made even worse by tossing and turning all night. Note 3: Carole would like to come downstairs to the room I sleep in (when I’m in town) and… Read More »

Heroes of the Shutdown (1995 Edition)

By | January 20, 2018

With the 2018 Federal government shutdown careering along, I thought I’d share a treasured old, but true, story. Carole and I were on our first date on Saturday, December 16, 1995 in downtown Washington, DC — during the 1995 Clinton/Dole/Gingrich shutdown of fond memory. There was nothing else open in DC thanks to the shutdown so we went… Read More »

Testing the new Echo Spot with Strauss and Elvis

By | January 20, 2018

Until today, I had no idea that Elvis had been using “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (a.k.a. the opening theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey”) at his concerts in the 1970s. Nor that asking an Amazon Echo Spot device to play “Also Sprach Zarathustra” would invoke the Elvis version. But of course it does. Welcome to the 21st century, folks!

The life and death of a tabby boy

By | January 18, 2018

Last Saturday, January 13, 2018, we said farewell to our beloved tabby boy, Huck. He’ll be sorely missed. Carole and I don’t have children of our own so our cats have always been very special and precious to us. Carole and I adopted a cat in the summer of 2005, a fine healthy recently fixed tabby cat that… Read More »

A Perfect Moment

By | January 17, 2018

Once in a while, when you’re not looking, life up and hands you an absolutely perfect moment. It may be brief. It may not be obvious to others. It may defy explanation altogether. But when one happens, you take down every detail, note every facet, and treasure it forever. For me, one such perfect moment happened during the… Read More »

Wish Lists

By | January 13, 2018

I’ve got an Amazon.com wish list. Woo-hoo! Okay, so what? So do a lot of people. It’d probably be easier to list the people who don’t. I’ve got a friend who has a pet bunny and the bunny has a wish list. You wander around the net, reading stuff on blogs and forums, and it’s more or less inevitable… Read More »

Kitty Smooching

By | January 6, 2018

College Football

By | January 4, 2018

I’m a graduate of the University of Georgia (class of ’88) and of Virginia Tech (master’s, ’90). In other words, I matriculated at two of the biggest “football factory” universities in the USA. They’re fine institutions in their own right, but when you mention either to the average American, the first thought that comes to mind isn’t “excellent… Read More »

Will Trade Cat Hair for Quora Upvotes

By | January 2, 2018

I’ve had a cold for the last few days. It’s been annoying but manageable. Last night and today, a bad cough set in and I’m feeling a lot more puny than I otherwise had been. Carole had the same cold, but hers seems to be much better, which is good, since she had to start back to work… Read More »