I’m writing, because that’s what I do.

  1. Have you ever used a dating site/app?
    I started dating my wife in 2006. We got pretty serious very quickly. I’ve not looked back. There were a few I’d done before then, but I’d pretty much given up on finding anybody by the time I met her. So. 2003, maybe? I can’t imagine what dating would be like these days.
  2. If you could live anywhere other than where you live now where would it be?
    I’m not even sure at this point. Many of the things that attracted me to moving where I am now are just gone. With the COVID lockdowns, I really wonder if there’s anywhere where I could go at this point. One of the podcasters I listen to quite a bit has gone to Mexico. If you’d told me three years ago that Mexico would sound the least bit attractive, I’d have said you’re completely nuts. Same goes for Texas and Florida.
  3. Do you recycle?
    Where I can.
  4. What is the weather like right now, as you write this?
    It’s winter, but it hasn’t gotten really that cold very long yet.
  5. What was the last video you watched on YouTube?
    I think I pulled up “Spaghetti Cat (I Weep For You)” trying to make sure I had my audio devices set up correctly. But, for the most part, I go out of my way to avoid anything from Totes-Didn’t-Used-To-Do-Evil Co.. And that includes YouTube.
  6. Write a news headline about your life.
    You Thought You Knew
  7. What does the fourth text message in your phone say?
    It’s a notice from FedEx. No, it’s none of your business. (And I don’t remember what it was, anyway….)
  8. How many states have you been to?
    I don’t know, and I’m too tired to count. The only Pacific state I’ve visited is Washington, but I’ve been to many of the others.
  9. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
    The Big Lebowski.
  10. What was the last movie you watched at home?
    It’s December 30th; It’s A Wonderful Life
  11. Do you daydream?
  12. Where was the last place you went?
    Given the lockdowns imposed by Governor Hoodor Blackface, and my own worry about catching the COVID, I think it was probably to Georgetown for my last infusion.
  13. What was the last show you watched an episode of?
    Jeopardy! Just before the webinar I watched tonight.
  14. How many other countries have you traveled to?
    See the question on the states. I think the last time I counted, it was like thirteen.
  15. Have you ever given someone a fake phone number?
    Yes. We had this mentally-lll woman who’d call the radio stations, and inquire about our commercial order. “Did someone call and tell you to play it in that order?” Normally, I’d say “no,” but after about the fifth call from her, I said, “yes,” and gave her the number to the local weather service temperature reporting. Her husband called later after she’d caled about it, and explained what was going on. I apologized, and hope she got the help she needed.
  16. What is something you are relieved about right now?
    That this year is almost over.
  17. What do you think of the Kardashians?
    I really don’t think about them unless someone else brings them up.
  18. So far today how much have you gotten done off your to-do list?
    A lot of it, but I’m on vacation, so I haven’t been doing a ton.
  19. Have you been in the hospital in the last 24 months?
  20. Spring, summer, fall or winter?

Theme Of The Week

I’ve been urged to participate in these themes of the week.

so, yeah, I’ll try to do that.

Maybe the compulsion to write in the summer will be gone.

We shall see.

Theme of the Week 85 – If you could relive just one event in your life, what would it be?

This is really tough. I was thinking about maybe some of the things that I did in late-2009, probably the trip to DC with my soon-to-be wife to watch the soon-to-be Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints beat the Redskins.

In the snow.

But I’m probably combining that trip with other trips we took together.

I remember one year going to see the National Christmas Tree. We shivered and shivered, walked around in the snow, had a nice dinner at our favorite French place, etc..

But would I want to relive it?

I don’t know.

I’ve never been much about the one-shining-moment schtick. But it speaks to another question I often have trouble.

On the flip side, there’s also not a single monment I can think of where I totally screwed up.

Have a made missteps? Absolutely.

Why shouldn’t I dwell on those the way this prompt is asking me to dewell on moments of victory?

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Another Saturday

Three days more of work, then no work until next year.


I, because I am who I am, will monitor things, and be there as long as there’s still mutual desire.

But I’m finished, and I really can’t bring myself to care about much of anything. I did get this from someone who’s actually been reading what I was writing.

But I’m finished with this year, really. Kind of appropriate background music.

What can I do, more, to get away from the craziness? I don’t know, and I’m not really thinking clearly.

I started to lay things out specifically, but I’m not sure there’s a real reason to do that.

Though, if everything goes well, it’ll be a late ending on Wednesday, and I can just step away.


Last night, during our weekly pandemic get-together, there was a lot of discussion about what’s going on with the whole SolarWinds thing.

This was in my go-to online news feed when I’m writing.

The news source gets the conclusion wrong, I think, but I shouldn’t expect more, really. This shit is confusing, and you’ve got competing groups who don’t want to change what they do once they’ve become accustomed to operating in one way.

That goes to politics, too, I guess. The article is irresponsible, but it makes the fifty-something editor feel warm inside.

High as a kite

Or the big “confederate flag” that was flying along 95 before the Commonwealth took it for roadway expansion.

Mmm. Yeah.

So, I wanted to talk about this.

I waded into the cesspool that is Facebook, and saw that it’d been posted in one of the groups I follow.

My comment?

“Less promisingly, the bill would impose a 5 percent federal tax on cannabis products, rising to 6 percent after two years, 7 percent after three years, and 8 percent after four years.” Glad they got that part in there. Much like what’s happening with many states, the recent push doesn’t actually dismantle the apparatuses assembled in the past century to fight drugs, but just redeploys it to _collect taxes_. The SWAT raids will get worse. I see you’re running a grow operation, there, but the Commissioner of Revenue says you[ve never paid a cent in taxes. We’re going to take all of those plants, along with everything else you’ve got.

The hispter Democrats’ argument is that “decriminalization” fixes the bad parts of the “war on drugs.”

No. No, it doesn’t when you’re doing it to raise tax revenue.

Did you miss the bit about the Stamp Act in school?

Government Doesn’t Work.