Category Archives: Jay

Well, isn’t that my dumb luck

By | February 21, 2013

As those of you who follow this blog know, I’ve been trying to become more of a runner, trying to improve my stamina and speed and be less of, well, a joke. In the last couple of weeks, I really haven’t gotten out and run much. Last week I was in Florida, where one would think I’d have… Read More »

Dad’s status, two weeks after hip replacement surgery

By | February 20, 2013

My father had emergency hip replacement surgery two weeks ago. I flew down to be with him in Florida the weekend after the surgery and was down in Brooksville (north of Tampa) for a week. Dad is 80 and not super-strong, so as you can imagine, I was, and am, concerned about him. Dad is bit by bit… Read More »

What is love? Part 2

By | February 14, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day. I’m in Florida looking after my father as he recovers from a broken hip. My wife of 15 years, Carole Furr, is back home in Vermont, working part-time doing accounting for a local firm, looking after our three kitties, and trying to keep from going nuts during the long dark cold Vermont winter. We spend… Read More »

What is love? Part 1

By | February 14, 2013

I am spending Valentine’s Day far from my sweetie. This isn’t as unusual as it might be for some people. I work as a technical trainer for a very large Fortune 500 company and it’s often the case that I’m on a business trip on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes I send flowers, sometimes I send chocolates, and in any… Read More »

This is my Sick Face.

By | February 1, 2013

The wisdom of using “shylock” as the Word of the Day at your coffeehouse

By | February 1, 2013

Carole and I stopped at the Starbucks in Williston, VT after my doctor’s appointment this morning; my throat was killing me and I was desperate for some hot tea. While we were waiting for our drinks with the other drones, I noticed with some amazement that this particular Starbucks had happily posted a “Word of the Day” on… Read More »

Ponderings from the haze of cold medicine

By | January 31, 2013

I’ve had a cold all week, not a particularly awful one, but bad enough that I’d definitely prefer to be over it. It’s shifted to the “painful sore throat” phase, with a soupçon of aching pain in my inguinal lymph nodes (for those who skipped Intro to Anatomy, that’s the lymph nodes down in the groin). I’m at the point… Read More »

My ever-dropping heart rate?

By | January 23, 2013

I vowed that I would run each day this week. I started on Saturday and have run four days in a row so far. Each run took place at the Sports and Fitness Edge gym in Essex Junction, Vermont on their 1/8 mile indoor track. I was just under 30 minutes on Saturday, just over 30 minutes on… Read More »

Running

By | January 21, 2013

I hate running. I like the idea of running. When I visualize myself running, I have a mental image of me gliding effortlessly around a track. Not as fast as, say, Roger Bannister or Billy Mills or anyone like that, but not like some horribly out of shape weirdo at a fat camp, either. But when I get my… Read More »

Welcome to the jungle

By | January 21, 2013

This is the first-ever post to our new WordPress blog. For years — literally, since 1996 or so — Carole and I had a website hosted by Mindspring (and its successor, Earthlink). We never really did much with it other than host photos, and when sites like Facebook and Google came along and made it so much easier… Read More »