Sometimes I Pointlessly Take Things Too Far

By | April 3, 2016

For pretty much as long as such a thing as a Windows “desktop” has existed, I’ve had a visceral loathing for those people who use the desktop as their primary file storage location, creating endless desktop items and never filing any of them. I used to have a boss who did that, and moreover, complained out loud that… Read More »

Aaron Keith Furr, 1932-2016

By | March 31, 2016

Dr. Aaron Keith Furr, 84, of Brooksville, Florida passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Born in Rowan County, NC on March 5, 1932, he was a longtime resident of Blacksburg, VA before retiring to Florida. He was the son of Carl Albert Furr and Sue Howell Furr and grew up in Salisbury, NC. He attended Catawba College,… Read More »

Farewell, Dad

By | March 28, 2016

My father, Keith Furr, is, to put it bluntly, dying. He has been suffering from pretty severe dementia for several months now, not recognizing anyone and not really knowing where he was, and showing no signs of improvement. However, in recent days he took a severe turn for the worse. He has had only very short periods of… Read More »

The one (and only) thing I know about college basketball

By | March 19, 2016

I grant you that the following blathering would have counted for more if I’d said it on Thursday or Friday, but I never got around to it until now. I filled out five NCAA men’s basketball brackets this week, mostly because I’d taken part in various pools last year, or the year before, and got reminders to keep… Read More »

If only we had kids to embarrass by doing stuff like this…

By | February 19, 2016

Carole and Jay: Love Shack 2016

Random Acts of Banality

By | February 16, 2016

From time to time I find myself having to upload receipts to some website or another, such as when I have to document a medical expense in order to get reimbursed by my FSA administrator, or when I have to submit business expenses to the site my employer uses to track travel expenses. (I have a company card,… Read More »

I Feel So … Dirty

By | February 2, 2016

Yesterday I had occasion to place a call to the membership/enrollment arm of my health care insurer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama. I work for a very large Fortune 500 company. Our HR department insures us via an ever-changing network of health insurance plans. It’s actually kinda rare that I have the exact same carrier for more than… Read More »

Who knew?

By | January 20, 2016

I just got done with a fasting cholesterol check at my family doctor’s office. It turns out that even if you are taking drugs for high cholesterol, curling up in a fetal position in a dark room after working hours every day and getting absolutely no exercise DOES NOT HELP KEEP TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS DOWN. Who knew?  


By | January 17, 2016

Carole and I went for an absolutely purposeless drive this afternoon. It wasn’t an especially pretty afternoon: overcast and gray, with scattered patches of snow and mud. But it was better than sitting around the house staring at the wallpaper, you know? We drove down south to Middlebury, had hot drinks at “Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe“, then walked… Read More »


By | January 14, 2016

You know you’re depressed and down and out of good ideas when you actually stop and contemplate mailing a letter to the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, to ask him what he thinks of Donald Trump. And then think “… and how the Kardashians fit into his societal analysis. I should ask him about that too.” I’m bored and depressed… Read More »