Here’s a Tip

Something happened and I’m curious as to whether my take on things is the correct one. To wit:  I took the Little Woman out to eat at a sports bar/restaurant.  Nothing big or fancy; it’s actually one of our favorite places to hang out, when either of us has a few extra bucks.  The waitress…

Spinning My Wheels

Awoke with another bad headache, dizziness, and the like.  Fortunately, I have only one “required” trek today.  The problem is that it’ll put me in contact with a guy who’s nice, but incredibly loud – I mean, my eardrums literally rattle when this guy speaks to me – and I’m debating whether I’m up to…

Butter Chicken on the Cheap

I keep saying that I’m going to get back into the kitchen, but with the summer’s heat, that’s just not possible.  I’ve mentioned this every year – my home absorbs heat, making it impractical to cook or do anything that involves the kitchen.  Usually, we either eat out or eat simple – cold-cut sandwiches, for…

Huzzah!

Unless you’ve been living in an alternate universe, then you know that the majority of the last week has seen much of the country dealing with horrifically high summer temperatures.  In the Upper Midwest, we went from a rather balmy 75ºF to 95ºF, and to what Accuweather described as a 105ºF “Real Feel” temperature.  The…

A Quarter-Pound, Please

There used to be a chain of grocery stores in town, whose only saving grace – for me, anyway – could be found in two dishes sold by their delicatessen:  Ham salad and cold, breaded chicken wings. The wings were good because of the breading – and honestly, because they were cold; I doubt that…

Here We Go Again

Let me start with my familiar line: It’s been a month since my last post . . . but this time, there’s a legitimate reason. May was nothing short of being a whirlwind for me; I seriously can’t believe that it’s now June.  The end of the academic term is always a flurry of activity. …

The Cones of Spring

I’m still here. Why is it, almost every time I post something here, I start off by announcing that “I’m still here“?  I guess a better question is, “Why aren’t I writing something – anything – on a more regular basis?” Good question.  I only wish I knew the answer. So . . . what’s…

Venting

Having a day off means doing a lot of work. I have grading that has been accumulating – mainly because I scheduled three major exams in quick succession – and there were things around the house that could no longer be ignored.  I thought I’d be able to just sit back and relax a bit,…

Why Me?

A while back I wrote about “Vindictive Faith” – the idea that being a Christian somehow gave one special access to God’s vengeance whenever something or someone offended us.  Its practitioners are those quick to call down His wrath because they can’t get a discount on a purchase, because they’ve lost out on a parking…

Weirdness (aka, “Monday”)

It’s been a while since I last wrote. Almost two months, to be exact. The cold and work both managed to overwhelm me, I guess.  Truthfully, I did start three posts, but other than a line or two, there just wasn’t much worth posting. I’ve been dealing with a strange phenomenon:  When I awake, if…

Real Feel

The first thing I do in the morning when I awake is check my phone. It’s not like I have people calling  me at odd hours (or at all, but that’s another issue), so my “phone” is more along the lines of a “mini-computer” from which I gain my daily info.  So imagine my surprise…

A Forest Dark

Midway upon the journey of our life   I found myself within a forest dark,   For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say   What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,   Which in the very thought renews the fear. – Dante Alighieri, Inferno …