Category Archives: Jay

Springtime In Vermont

By | March 22, 2019

Springtime in Vermont, ladies and gentlemen. (We’re looking at a possible six to twelve inches today, with likely high winds and power outages. Fortunately, the whole house is backed up by a pair of Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries.)

Town Meeting Day 2019

By | March 19, 2019

You may recall that I’ve been working on my plans for brutal world domination in my spare time, and lately, those plans took another step forward! I got to exercise my status as member of the Richmond, Vermont “Board of Civil Authority” and help run Town Meeting! Next stop, THE WORLD! Okay, I guess I should back up… Read More »

I Am Easily Amused, Part 763

By | March 18, 2019

Car Wash Psychedelia

By | March 17, 2019

You have to take your hat off to the American entrepreneurial spirit. Posed the question, “how can we make more money running a car wash?” America has answered “Appeal to the stoners”. I give you the Eco Car Wash of Williston, Vermont: This particular car wash is the first in our area to offer a subscription-based model, where for… Read More »

Notary Public

By | March 15, 2019

My term as a Justice of the Peace began officially on February 1. (I’m one of twelve JPs for the town of Richmond, Vermont.) As I’ve detailed before, in Vermont the office of Justice of the Peace means: you serve on the town elections staff you can preside at weddings you serve on the board of abatement (if… Read More »

Athens in the 1980s

By | March 10, 2019

Athens, Georgia in the 1980s was known for being a hotbed of alternative music. The B-52s hailed from Athens. REM was from Athens. A host of other, lesser-known but well respected bands came from Athens. You could go to your choice of clubs around town, the best-known being the 40 Watt, and hear up and coming bands (and… Read More »

Hamburguesas con mantequilla de cacahuete

By | February 21, 2019

So I saw an article on Atlas Obscura about a legendary Missouri restaurant and its “guberburgers” — hamburgers topped with peanut butter. Talk about “bringing back old memories”… I spent eight months in a s___hole El Salvadoran jail between March and November of 2005. They fed us nothing but peanut butter slathered burgers, grilled medium well, on brioche buns.… Read More »

WE JUST LIKE SIGNS

By | February 20, 2019

Vermont’s not doing much, election-wise, in 2019. We’ve got select board and school board voting and we’ve got to vote on town and school budgets, but this isn’t really a “wallpaper the area with campaign signs” year. That said, there’re a few signs still up from last fall’s election cycle here and there around town, and Carole and… Read More »

Jury Duty

By | February 15, 2019

Our local independent weekly newspaper has a column called “WTF” that attempts to answer questions about local weirdness (e.g. “what the heck is that weird building down on the southern end of Dorset Street?”). This week’s WTF question was “WTF: Why Are Some People Called for Jury Duty While Others Never Are?” I’m 51 and have never served… Read More »

Wide Net

By | February 13, 2019

I’m like many of my peers in having a “wide net” that sweeps in all manner of trivia, facts, obscure details, and what-have-you and stores it away against a time when said knowledge will randomly come in handy. If you’re reading this and you know me, you probably have a pretty wide net as well. The people I know… Read More »