The Fishermen

It’s Sunday . . . and it’s cool! After a week of temps in the high 80s and 90s – with humidity to match – it is finally a nice and comfortable mid-70s day, and I’m in love.  I may actually end up using my oven tonight, and if that happens, not only will I…

Utter Amazement

Why do I bother ordering things that require shipping services?  I’m never satisfied with them and half the time, I could drive to the point of origin and just pick up the merchandise faster than letting UPS, FedEx, or the USPS do the job for me. I’ve complained about shipping fiascos here in the past,…

Summer Dreamin’

My meticulous and well-thought out plan of teaching this summer hit a snag when I didn’t hit the minimum for enrollment. As a result, those courses were cancelled, making this the first summer since I-can’t-remember-when that I’ll have a full summer break.  A whole summer just for me and my various devices. I have no…

And…It’s Thursday

I awoke after a wretched night of tossing and turning. I believed that it might have been due to dinner – homemade tacos – and my being too liberal with the spices.  We ate late, and I’ve found over the years that eating spicy foods after 6 pm will result in a difficult trek through…

Abracadabra

I’ll let you in on a secret that very few people know about me:  When I was a teen, I’d wanted to become a magician. I don’t know why I treat that as a state secret, but I do.  Almost no one knows about this. Until now, of course. I remember exactly where I was…

Light Thoughts

Spring Break is not shaping out as I’d expected. I mean, I still have exams to grade, but it’s like the time is slipping through my fingers like . . . something that can slip through one’s fingers at a fast rate. (I’m tired and I haven’t had any coffee, so you’ll just have to bear…

Bookstore Blues

Went out today with the Little Woman to take care of a couple of errands.  She was particularly excited because she wanted to have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, and since that was going to be her treat, I readily accepted.  Honestly, I don’t like to eat out much because there’s a part of me…

Cooking in Old Creole Days

Each year, the campus library sells off antiquated and withdrawn texts.  This serves two purposes – to generate funds for future purchases, and to give new homes to books that would otherwise sit in silence on a shelf forever.  Most libraries do this, and it’s always interesting to see what books make the cut (to be…

Eclipse Phase RPG Sale

(Consider this an FYI for those of you who are involved in sci-fi gaming.  I know it’s late in the day, but I just learned about this.) Posthuman Studios, makers of the Eclipse Phase RPG, are having a sale that runs only today (1 January).  The entire line of digital Eclipse Phase products (bundle packs…

Fifty A Day, Plus Expenses

Since I’ve got some down time, I could do one of two things: Work or read. And I’m not working.  Ha! I’m on semester break, so . . . um, yeah. So, I visited a used bookstore – because I have absolutely nothing in my home to read (save for those two hundred books stacked on…

NaNoWriMo – Maybe?

Feeling a tad better, but that’s not saying much.  In ten hours (if not less), I’ll probably feel crappy again. The Circle of Life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve been wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but I don’t have the slightest clue as to what I’d do.  For those not…

A Final Chapter

There used to be a used bookstore downtown that I’ve frequented regularly since I was a teen.  I learned today that it has closed its doors for good, but – for a bibliophile – its done so in the worst way imaginable. I’ll explain that last part in a moment. It was, at the time,…