Fun Day

Today was supposed to be a ‘fun’ day. Every so often, the Little Woman volunteers to drive me around (for a change), and we go roaming around town.  I look forward to these outings because we don’t spend enough time together as it is, and it allows me to travel without being responsible for everything. …

WTH Fridays: Eating Out

The Little Woman sent me a text:  She and her best friend – a mutual friend, actually – were going to dinner.  This was a polite way of telling me that I would have to fend for myself, a situation that did not bother me in the least, considering that I’m the household chef. Now,…

Vindictive Faith

Autumn – at least the kind of autumn from my childhood – has finally arrived. It rained through most of the last two days, and the temperatures dropped like a rock.  When it wasn’t raining, the skies were overcast and threatening.  Summer breezes have a gentleness to them – like a loved one, casually patting…

Oh, For Pete’s Sake

How do you deal with clingy people? That’s a real question, Internet.  I’ve got someone who’s stuck on me and I need to figure out how to give them their walking papers, and fast. I had an ex-girlfriend who was clingy, but that was different.  The relationship didn’t work and she made it clear that…

WWYMHD?

As I left home this morning for work, something weird happened. Nothing significant, certainly nothing to write home about, and something minor that’s happened to me numerous times.  But for some reason, today’s episode was different, probably because it made me think. Let me set the scene: I was driving along a major avenue when…

A Longer Walk

Remember my tale from two weeks ago about my adventures in repaying an overpayment? Well, I never thought it possible, but here’s the sequel: As you may recall, I walked a significant distance – I’ve since learned that it was just shy of a half mile – to drop off a check for $87, the…

Tuesday Ramblings

I’m a week into the new term and it’s . . . well, weird. I don’t have any students who stand out.  Not in an academic sense, mind you – I’ve not done much at this point to identify anyone’s ability just yet.  Rather, I mean that there are no class clowns, loudmouths, or pains…

It’s Happening

I have survived the first day of school. I wish I could post some humorous anecdote about how a freshman did something strange or stupid, or a cynical one about how I’ve already identified who’ll be my “resident jackass” for the term, but I can’t.  For a first day, it was surprisingly quiet and orderly,…

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, the school term has begun! Technically, school begins today, although due to a scheduling issue, I won’t make my first appearance until tomorrow.  That gives me one final day of summer to enjoy, and boy, have I been living it up! First order of business was a haircut, because without it, I’m virtually unrecognizable. …

A Little Note

This weekend, I received a note – a very nice one, in fact – from a former student of mine.  In it, she updated me on her life, wished me well, and tossed out the idea of a possible get-together over coffee.  I wrote back, updating her on a couple of my own life events…

Where Even Weirder Things Are

Okay, it’s time to finish this story. Maybe I should treat this like a television show, with an announcement of “Previously on Dr. Furious . . .” Just imagine me saying that in a rich baritone, and we’re set. So I’m off to the second bookstore.  What I didn’t include in the previous post was the…

Where the Weird Things Are

I’ve mentioned numerous times my love of reading, and my near-constant vigil at used bookstores to find old titles that I missed when they were first released.  Visiting a bookstore for me is like breathing air: It’s what I do to survive in a world over which I have virtually no control.  It gives me…