Tag: pointless blathering

Fiftieth Birthday/Twentieth Wedding Anniversary

2017 marks two landmark dates in my life: my 50th birthday on September 20, and Carole and my 20th wedding anniversary a week earlier on September 13. (I was determined to get married before I turned 30. I managed it with a week to…

Splitting Firewood

Sometimes I miss splitting firewood. When I was a kid Dad (Keith Furr) attempted to heat our house in the mountains of Virginia with a wood stove and blower system. (It didn’t work that well from my point of view; my bedroom was at…

What is *wrong* with people?

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I hate myself and think that I’m basically the worst person in the world. Being chronically depressed can be like that. But even though I hate myself and assume that everyone shares…

You Didn’t Have to Spare Me, But You Did, But You Did, But You Did, and I Thank You

Hardly a day goes by lately where I don’t see someone on Facebook or Twitter bemoaning the number of “idiots” on their friends/contact list who say imbecilic things about, say, the Louisiana flooding or some other regional misfortune. You know the kind of posts:…

Sign of the Times: Tesla versus Amazon

Which is more of a “sign of the times” that we live in, here in mid-2016? The Tesla Powerwall in my garage? Or the big heap of empty Amazon Prime shipping boxes?   [poll id=”2″]

Blanket Apology To The Human Race (and Most Higher Orders of Animal Life, Excepting Only the Canada Goose)

I spend every day of my life wanting to apologize to everyone I know on social media and quite a few of the people that I know in person. I believe that most people who know me either: think nothing at all about me,…

The Politics of Dancing (Waring Blender Edition)

Just killed my red Waring bar blender trying to make Carole a smoothie with skim milk, frozen berries, and frozen yogurt chunks (which she’d prepared in advance in a silicone cube tray). Apparently there are some things that are too much for a Waring…

Unsolved Mysteries

My life is full of mysteries. Some more interesting than others. When I was in graduate school in 1988, a lowly candidate for the Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech, I dutifully tried to do adult things like subscribing to the local…

Error 247: Brain needs reboot

I am depressed. And overweight. And getting no exercise, even though there is a strong correlation between exercise and mental fitness. But I’m trying in small ways to turn that around. I’m eating a lot of Panera salads while on the road, and I…

So, hey, Dad’s cremains are over there in that box

Not to be unduly morbid, but there’s something weird about sitting down at the dining table in your deceased parents’ house and going “Huh. What’s in that bag over th… oh, it’s Dad’s cremains.” Mom’s are in a cabinet a few feet away. At…

Anniversary

Today (May 18) is the 18th anniversary of me starting my current job, at what was IDX Systems Corporation and is now GE Healthcare IT. The job has evolved, but technically it’s still the same position I started in way back when. The 16th…

Laughing Out Loud In Church (London Edition)

Last Thanksgiving, I decided to treat myself to a spontaneous, random trip across the Atlantic to London, England. Just me. (Carole has been to London already — she spent a few weeks there when she was an undergraduate at Harvard.) I had an awesome…

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