Chump Change

For most of my adult life I’ve struggled with the fact that I keep very little money in my wallet. It’s not that I wastefully piss it away or have no self-control, it’s just that I purposely don’t want to carry much around with me. I’m not worried about being mugged, nor am I concerned … More Chump Change

Gratitude 2017 From A-Z

Source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute As I ready myself to tie on the ‘ol feedbag for today’s Thanksgiving feast, I recognize that this is once again an appropriate time to acknowledge things in my life that offer perspective, hope, and especially gratitude. The past year has been nothing but a roller coaster of bombastic tirades against … More Gratitude 2017 From A-Z

A Deficit of Reason

Email Sent to Senator Marco Rubio, November 7, 2017: Dear Senator Rubio, I will make this brief. You are already on record as being a supporter for gun rights, and I have no illusions about changing your mind. However, as one of your constituents, I do ask for your consideration about one facet of gun … More A Deficit of Reason

Autumn Changes

Ah, yes, fall. Sweaters at the ready, school busses on the roads, pigs flying¹, and an early frost is on the pumpkin. Okay, the pumpkin part is merely poetic license. It’s 75 degrees outside right now as I sit here typing. Still, it’s fall here in Florida. The leaves on some of the trees have … More Autumn Changes

Becoming The Frozen Man

So what keeps you up at night? A horrible boss? A snarky neighbor? Realizing someone other than yourself might eat that last Boston cream? For me by and large it’s familial relationships. Specifically the undercurrents which percolate at any given time amongst my siblings, or those lower down the food chain. Who said what to whom, … More Becoming The Frozen Man

Long Term Care Insurance: Channeling the Rumsfeldian ‘Known Unknowns’

With another healthcare open season just around the corner, Gorgeous and I are in the middle of some Big Discussions. Our talk is about the future, specifically a desire to predict the status of what our health will be in later years. It’s admittedly a bit of a rhetorical exercise that harks somewhat “nostalgically¹” back to Donald Rumsfeld’s … More Long Term Care Insurance: Channeling the Rumsfeldian ‘Known Unknowns’

Steely Admiration

I just trashed a post on which I’d been working for the last two days. It was ostensibly about the late Walter Becker, but really more about Steely Dan and how much I’ve enjoyed their music over the years. It didn’t take long, however, for me to discover that my knowledge of Steely Dan is … More Steely Admiration

Post Irma: Grateful

In the end we were very, very lucky. While many people in the state of Florida are facing tremendous challenges from Hurricane Irma’s destructive winds, we got through it with completely unscathed. The only thing I lost was sleep. The storm began hitting in the late afternoon with powerful rain squalls. This continued on and … More Post Irma: Grateful

Sheltering in Place for Irma: The Zen of Bodily Functions

After a day of decision, with periods of indecision tossed in for variety sake, we have decided to “shelter in place” for Hurricane Irma. As expected, the city of St. Augustine declared a mandatory evacuation late Thursday to be effective today, but our decision today is based on the current, projected path of the storm. … More Sheltering in Place for Irma: The Zen of Bodily Functions