White Powder

Over the course of the last month or so, it has snowed a number of times, here in the Upper Midwest.  Most of this was essentially fluff, literally a few snowy grains on the pavement, that are quickly blown away with the day’s first breeze.  It’s been cold, but even that had fluctuated, and between…

Bah Humbug

Question, people: When does the whole “goodwill towards men” part begin?  Is there a specific date? I ask because I’m about to go ballistic on a few people, and I don’t want to start handing out beat-downs during the time I’m supposed to be good.  Can’t have someone dropping a dime on me to Santa,…

Don’t Talk About Yourself Like That!

I’ve mentioned previously that I had to alter the way I approach my online life because of an incident that happened earlier this year.  I won’t link to it – I really didn’t say much about it at the time – but I received a really nasty note from a colleague because of something I’d…

Sunday Ramblings, 10/22

I’d considered posting something or another several times this week. In each instance, I had some topic – usually mundane and generic – that in some way tied into my day.  In each instance, I had some snappy first line that I was sure would attract attention, and – in each instance – my mind…

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…

The Flip Side

In the time since my last post, a few interesting things have happened. First, I know now that my headaches are less likely to be from some arterio-themed crisis, and more from migraines.  That’s good news. At least I now know, and that counts for something. But, as often is the case, there’s the flip…

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…

Taken

Recently, I had some things stolen, and while everything has been (reasonably) resolved, I’m still left with this awkward  feeling in my gut. I may an oddity of sorts, but I do not understand the compulsion that some people have to take things from others.  It’s not that I have an “It’s mine – get…

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…

On Being a WIP

It certainly is difficult to stay positive in a world that’s determined to destroy itself.  I’m not even going to touch the political realm; I’m talking about the world as a whole.  We’re on this earth for what is such a short period of time; why waste it with hate? I’m in a self-reflective mood again.  Uh-oh….

What Have I Done?

I had a strange dream last night, in which a former supervisor of mine came into my office to ask me to explain what I’d been doing. Years ago, I worked for The Company™, as a tech writer.  It was okay work, when I actually got a chance to do it.  Most of the time,…

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…