New Year's Eve was always special tradition in my boyhood home because it was also my parents' wedding anniversary. Just prior to my dad being shipped off to boot camp during World War Two, those two crazy kids drove from Detroit to that romantic getaway of Napolean, Ohio, where, ostensibly, it was the equivalent of a … Continue reading Thin Mints, Triscuit Crackers, and Ben Grauer: New Year’s Eve Memories
I've been thinking a lot about vulgar language lately. Recently, another blogger wrote a fine post on this topic, and I responded to it with a comment. I've come to no startling, ground-breaking conclusions as I ponder all of this, but I do find myself to be a bit of a hypocrite. I seem to have … Continue reading By Any Other Name
Today I logged into Facebook for the first time in quite a while. I was immediately confronted with a picture of myself in an album specially created to show the world my many accomplishments in 2014. It contains posts and photos of mine, most notably the announcement of my retirement and our move to Florida. As usual, … Continue reading Faceless
I worked at an apartment and golf course complex in the summers of my college years. I cleaned the clubhouse floors, bathrooms, and took care of light maintenance for the pool. Most of that work took place in the morning. In the afternoons I mowed grass around apartment buildings. The rest of my co-workers all had very specific … Continue reading Green Peeves
Earlier today I went to my chiropractor appointment. I went to one regularly when I lived in California because of a pain I had in my neck (provide your own joke here, I've come up empty). I stopped seeing him when we moved to Oregon, and that turned out to be a very bad decision. Once you stop going to … Continue reading Snap, Crackle, Pop
The day before I retired I went to a barber and had my hair cut into a brush cut. It was a dramatic and symbolic response to show off my new carefree lifestyle. For years I wrestled with my unforgiving mop each weekday morning in front of the bathroom mirror. With a brush and strong gel, I … Continue reading Hirsuitish Histrionics
Perhaps you were holiday shopping and missed it, but there was an incredible atmospheric happening around 3:00pm EST on Saturday. The sun exploded and colored the sky in celebration of something truly eventful. If you did see it, I can certainly appreciate that you might have thought it had something to do about you. Sadly, I'm sorry … Continue reading Of Cell Phones and the Balance of Nature
For a period of about ten years I lived, breathed, and thought about wine nearly every day. I subscribed to weekly food and wine newsletters from major California and Oregon newspapers, read books on wine making, and used words such as terroir and varietal. I'm sure I said those words when I visited wine stores, or at a dinner table with friends and family. I would … Continue reading Then Again, Maybe I Just Like How it Tastes
A sister of mine is visiting us this week. I thought I'd still be able to post, but alas I'm finding that genius needs more time to express itself than I thought. I'll be back hopefully this weekend...
Maybe it's just me, but I thought the below was rather frightful. I went to pick up my sister at the airport today and noticed this sign near the arrival gates. I'm just very grateful that I didn't have to pick her up in the D.O.A. Area. I suspect she is too.