The Run of His Life

Well, I’m surprised that it took seven months, but once again I find myself nearly incapacitated (as in, practically on the floor and crying in pain) by a headache.  This was the worst attack since the event in December, the one where I thought I was having a stroke while on at Cost’s World Market. …

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…

Vietnam Journal – Books

When I was in the army, I developed a fixation on comic books.  This struck me as extremely odd, given that I had virtually no interest in them whatsoever (despite a brief flirtation with the notion of becoming a cartoonist).  I had some, but they were usually specialized or topical, not the run-of-the-mill superhero or…

Operation Finish the Book

After realizing how long it’d taken me to finish Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I decided to see what else was on my bookshelf that I’d been reading in slow motion.  Well, ten months ago, I picked up a copy of Selwyn Raab’s, Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires…

A Criminal Booklist, pt. 1

In preparation for my upcoming academic term, I figured I’d post some of the materials I’ve been using, just in case others have similar literary interests.  My focus (for the time being, at least) is on the 19th century, both as a social turning point, but also as one in which crime became a social…

At the Memories Shop

On Wednesday, I will be one month away from the start of a new school term, and a part of me is already itching to start.  I know this because I picked up a flyer for a local business today and found at least a half-dozen grammatical errors during the first reading.  Personally, I think…

Memorial Day

I was going to write a lengthy narrative about Brian C., a guy I knew while in the service.  He was 19 when he died, the victim of a drunk driving accident.  To this day, I don’t know if he was intoxicated and driving, if he was an intoxicated passenger (with a drunk driver), or…

Eh . . . Waiter?!

While there’s a whole, drawn-out backstory (trust me when I say that you’ll thank me for being brief), I’ve decided to just focus on the main issue:  The New York Public Library has been digitizing and transcribing their collection of restaurant menus. Go here. I’ve only come across the site, so I’m still relatively new…

Space Food Sticks

Unfortunately, my attempts to find out the cause for Wednesday’s performance at Walmart have all failed miserably, so I guess I’m destined to never know.  Pity, because that was one heck of a show. 

The Better Angels of Our Nature

I haven’t heard anything about my Jane Austen plan, but then again, with the end of the school term in sight, it’s not as if I’m going to get a lot of support now, anyway.  This is something that I’ll have to bring up after finals, and I know that.  It’s going to be interesting,…

Austen Gets Dressed

Okay, this is my last (for the time being) Jane Austen themed post.  Remember, I’m not that much of a fan, but the era is one of my favorites, and given my recent posts on education, are a couple of additional sites to which I wanted to give a shout out. 

Austen Eats – Again

Previously, I mentioned my unorthodox idea about teaching late 18th/early 19th century Euro-American history via a Jane Austen-themed event.  I even posted a link for late 18th/early 19th century foodstuff.  Well, here’s another – the blog that accompanies those films.