Sunday, January 29, 2012

The School Bus

This evening Jane reported that there's a third-grade girl on the school bus who likes to hide under the bus seat and grab the ankles of passersby to try to make them trip in the aisle. I know that at some level we're supposed to let the kids work out their own challenges at school, but in this case I told Jane that, if the opportunity arises, she might try giving the offending young lady a good kick in the face. Unless, of course, this child has older siblings.

Monday, January 23, 2012


We're in the market for a cheap, used kid-sized desk for Jane's room. If you have ideas, gimme.

Today Jane and I visited this thrift store out on highway 70 called the Bargain Center. It's huge, but no good desk.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I do a lot of yawning, and it has nothing to do with tiredness. Thinking of the word 'yawn' makes me yawn. I have yawned four times while typing these words. I like yawning. After a good run of a half dozen or so, I feel extra happy. Oh, yeah, there, I just yawned again.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Growing Up Poor

An article that had me laughing out loud. Oh, excuse me, "lol." I especially liked the bit about the gnat.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Avante Sings A Song

Our merry little singing group is preparing some demo recordings. Here's the first, a version of "When I Fall In Love."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

An Essay

As usual, Mother gave me a current copy of Best American Essays. Thanks, Mom--you're the best. I read a particularly well-written thing today and later found an online version. It's very likely I will not want to live in Detroit any time soon.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Hope Commons Traffic Tip

Bill Cosby will be coming to the Barnes & Noble at New Hope Commons, which reminds me of a good piece of advice a friend recently gave me. To exit that awful parking lot on a busy day, drive around behind Wal-Mart and take the delivery exit onto Mt. Moriah road.

How Now

A friend of mine keeps cows and recently had a slaughter-fest. He's selling, so if you're interested in beef, let me know and I'll connect you. Completely grass fed, no hormones, no fertilizer, farm raised, blah blah, and etc as well.

His price list (per pound, except the heart [and what a steal at $14, one assumes]):

Ground Beef $8
Pot Roast $7
Skirt Steak $8
T Bone $15
Hanger Steak $8
London Broil $10
Eye of Round Steak $7
Beef for stew $8
Ribeye Steak $16
Sirloin Steak $15
Cubed Steak $8
Chuck Roast $6
Flank Steak $15
Brisket $6
Short Ribs $8
Porter House Steak $17
Filet Mignon $27
Flat Iron Steak $12
Sirloin Tip Roast $14
New York Strip $17
Heart $14 (whole)
Liver $4
Bag of bones $12
Oxtail $4.50
Marrow Bones $2.50

Scintillating Scotoma

Some time ago I shared that an optometrist had told me--after I described a strange ocular symptom--that I was probably experiencing something called an ophthalmic migraine. But the headache that comes afterwards doesn't quite fit that affliction, so into the Internet I went. Behold! I have edified myself.

Turns out I am the type of migraine sufferer whose migraines are preceded by an aura. In my case, the aura is called a scintillating scotoma. I know this because some enterprising person has posted an image showing almost exactly what I experience when this happens. Here 'tis. The movement inside that "C" shape is actually more like waves, but the picture is very close. And for me it's on the left, just like the picture, regardless of which eye I cover (evidence that the thing originates in the brain and not the eye). It lasts about 20 minutes, and then the migraine is with me for a few hours.

Sometimes the Internet is my friend.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Busy, Busy Nigerians

Over the past few years I've been using Craigslist to lighten my load and add cash injections, and I've learned to spot the scammers immediately. One would think that the scams would stop working, but it's clear there are still plenty of suckers out there. This site is particularly good, with examples of scam sentence syntax and other tricks.

Chuck's TedMed Talk

A while ago I mentioned my friend Chuck's upcoming TedMed talk. It's now online. (He's exactly that way in person, too.)


Emma discovered tonight, after consulting the Merriam Webster, that the preferred past tense of 'kneel' is 'knelt' then 'kneeled.' It's just as well, she told me, because "knelt sounds more professional."

Body Image

I caught only a snippet of today's State of Things radio show, but it seemed interesting, all about girls and body image and eating. There was a bit about how when women approach a mirror, they never smile, instead adopting a squint of head-to-toe self-analysis. That's a bummer.

What's In A Nom

We have so much to learn from today's young people, and I consider myself part of the 'we.' Apparently when someone writes "nom nom nom," &c., it's meant to signify chewing.

I shall continue to keep myself at the very leading edge of trends in language.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Holy Shit

My wife informs me I have waited to long to post here. I'm back. For now.

The news around here is that Kimberly's company is canning everyone at the job site in May of this year. So, the job hunt commences yet again. I've started looking for part-time work myownself.

Updates will happen. At some juncture.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Publishing

This book publishing article pleases me.

Back In Town

We were out of town. We are now back. I shall write something on the blog. Soon.

Oh, and I've been ODing on Portlandia clips. Here's the latest.