Tag Archives: pointless blathering

Pickles and Wines, and That

By | September 26, 2018

For the first time in my entire life, I’m running for public office. Namely, for the not-terribly-impressive position of “Justice of the Peace” in my little 4,000-person town of Richmond, Vermont. “Justice of the Peace” (the Vermont version, anyway) isn’t exactly what you may recall from old Westerns. Richmond and other towns our size get to elect twelve.… Read More »

Bah. Bots.

By | August 11, 2018

Am I the only person who hangs up on an incoming phone call the moment you hear that pause at the start that means that a predictive dialer is looking for a human to take over? You’d think they’d game it to make the system make a little noise during that pause, like a cough to make you… Read More »

Unread Email

By | August 10, 2018

  I work for a software company. I travel all over the USA consulting with and training our customers. As a consequence of this, it’s not uncommon that I get a glimpse of someone’s email — usually because they’re connected to the projector and happened to need to go into their email to look something up. And I… Read More »

Ruined Songs

By | July 7, 2018

Ever had a favorite song get ruined by its getting played at a really inappropriate/bad/awkward time and ever afterwards, finding yourself thinking of said tragedy whenever you hear the song? Like, oh, having your favorite Muddy Waters song playing at the exact moment a huge tree branch falls on your garage and wrecks it … and every time thereafter… Read More »

Ethically Not Weighing Coal

By | May 8, 2018

Copyright: oleandra / 123RF Stock Photo I am a Vermont resident (been here 20 years as of May 16) and, as it happens, duly appointed Weigher of Coal for the town of Richmond, Vermont (population 4000 or so). Said job has no actual responsibilities or duties whatsoever — it’s a carryover from long-bygone days. Since the town voters have… Read More »

From the “Things I Will Never Understand” Department

By | April 19, 2018

Like most people, I’ve uploaded a few videos to YouTube over the years: mostly videos of the Burlington Concert Band performing at Battery Park, but a few other things as the occasion has arisen. Most of my videos have gotten ten, twenty, sometimes as many as forty views. (Who knows how many of those were me, looking at my… Read More »

Proof that I’m insane

By | March 28, 2018

Carole and I live in the woods, in Vermont. We’ve got about three acres in the town of Richmond, up on top of a hill with a deep gully behind the house. Trees all around. We see all kinds of wildlife criss-crossing our lawn: deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, foxes, wild turkeys, even the occasional bear. We may have… 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 »

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 »