Tag: slice of life

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…

Pooch’s-Eye View Of The World

I’ve been having fun with my Ricoh Theta S 360 degree camera since I got it. It lets me take still or video panoramas using a pair of fisheye lenses, then upload them to places like Youtube, Facebook, or Google Street View. I happened…

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…

A Dose of Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh, A Dose of Silly

Observations on a Saturday: There is nothing quite so bracing as lunging for one’s alarm clock at 6:30 in the morning, only to suffer a spontaneous and extremely painful cramp in one’s right calf. I know exactly what to do when a cramp happens:…

All The Cool People

So there I was, sitting in a┬ávery crowded Starbucks in terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport. If you’ve been there, you know the one — right next to the United Club just after security. It’s typically a scene of complete pandemonium as travelers,…

Fun with radioactivity

So, I’ve had a box of uranium glass marbles sitting around the house for a decade or so, but it wasn’t until recently that we got a black light and could see them glow. Uranium glass is glass with uranium mixed in, duh, which…

Treetop Obstacle Tour

My wife and I spent Labor Day afternoon on the Treetop Obstacle Course at Arbortrek Canopy Adventures in Jeffersonville, Vermont. It was arduous, difficult, and enormously fun… right up until my upper body strength gave completely out on the last, extreme-difficult obstacle and I…

So, The Helpdesk Has My Laptop and I’m Sittin’ Here Workin’ On The Lite-Brite

Frivolity at the Family Practice

I’ve been going to the same family practice for primary care issues for over ten years. Evergreen Family Health is located in Williston, VT and isn’t really all that close to our house in Richmond, but we started going there years ago when we…

The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System

I worked at a public library in Christiansburg, Virginia between 1990 and 1993 — not full time, by any means, since I was also in graduate school at that time. Working at the circulation desk gave me an excellent, but mildly disturbing, view of…

Mailbox Follies

I managed to eke out 15 years and 10 months as a Vermont resident without having someone vandalize my mailbox. That ended today. Someone ripped the door clean off it. See above. I spent a merry few minutes rooting around in the snow to…

Wherever I go, happiness follows

When you get to my age (46), you kinda have to walk a fine line between being that creepy old guy who thinks he’s funny, when he really isn’t, and giving rein to the stupid-ass sense of humor that you’ve had since you were…

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