Category Archives: Jay

You Can Love Whoever The Hell You Want

By | September 8, 2018

Carole and I marched in the 2018 Burlington, Vermont Pride parade today. We’re allies of those in the LGBTQ movement and supporters of the fundamental right of all persons to love whomever the hell they want. We’re happy and proud that droves of Vermonters came out to cheer and support and to march in the parade itself. We… Read More »

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The Most Russian Thing Ever

By | August 31, 2018

Carole and I went on a cruise of Baltic countries between August 18 and August 27, starting in Copenhagen, Denmark and stopping off in Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm. We took lots of photos, which we shall in due course inflict on you. But I wanted to share a quick little anecdote while it’s fresh in… Read More »

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Random Memories: Getting Married

By | August 30, 2018

When Carole and I got married back in 1997, we started getting tons of phone spam from people wanting to sell us stuff. Apparently Durham County, NC routinely sold a list of newlywed couples to marketers (some of them referenced this fact) and we were the unwitting beneficiaries. So we changed our phone number to avoid getting eight… Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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Ick

By | July 21, 2018

There is nothing — and I mean NOTHING — more pleasant than stumbling across a bag of old this-and-that (miscellaneous camera gear, and suchlike) which cats have taken to peeing on. For months, as far as one can tell. Our cats have been sabotaging us by going in places we really would rather they not — but this… Read More »

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Attack of the Wild Turkeys

By | July 11, 2018

We get wild turkeys around our house in Vermont all the time. Sometimes we see whole mobs of ’em sprinting to and fro. But lately we’ve been seeing a few adults shepherding some chicks around. Very cute! I can’t help thinking this video needs the Imperial March (the “Darth Vader Theme”) synched to it. (If I actually did… Read More »

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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 »

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Nostra maxima culpa

By | July 5, 2018

We want to apologize to our fellow Vermont residents for the extremely hot and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing this past few weeks. Um, see … we had solar panels put on the roof in mid-June. And, er, apparently the folks at SunCommon (our solar installer) took us seriously when I said “now, make sure we get lots of… Read More »

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