Archive for July, 2013

1800 miles with the yaris

30 Jul

As most readers are probably aware, I was recently forced to buy a new car. I talked about it a bit after a couple of days and a few hundred miles, and at that point, I kinda liked it, but was still in the “getting used to it” stage. A couple of weeks in, and […]


how i spent my (unpaid) summer vacation – week four

30 Jul

I really didn’t do much of anything, because of this damned summer cold I found myself saddled with. Laundry and rest, basically. I played some music with some people on Sunday, and couple of us parental types took our kids collectively bowling. That was kind of cool. In amongst that, I started hacking around with […]


if it wasn’t an immediate *must buy* before…

25 Jul

…Lego Marvel Superheroes has certainly become one now, especially after this announcement hit the ‘tubes: Waugh!


how i spent my (unpaid) summer vacation – weeks two and three

23 Jul

Yes, I’ve been somewhat quiet lately – heck, I’ve posted little but the occasional song list and some silly pictures for most of the last year. You all know my schedule, so you know what life’s been like for me lately – something has to take the hit, and it seems it’s been the blogging. […]


new car

15 Jul

Picked it up Friday. Very nice. 2013 Toyota Yaris SE. Looks like this: (That one isn’t mine, but looks exactly like this.) Anyway, I like it so far, after only about 250 miles (we took a ride out to Williamsburg on Saturday for a shake-down). Glad this whole insurance claim business is over. It wasn’t […]



10 Jul

how i spent my summer (unpaid) vacation – the latest in the crumple-zone saga

08 Jul

Among other things, I got the second appraisal/estimate today. The other guy’s insurance seems to think it can be fixed. Of course, other guy’s insurance company spent maybe fifteen minutes looking at the car. The good news is that he cut me a check on the spot, which, according to my insurance company, means that […]



06 Jul

My Independence Day vacation time hasn’t been all that cool…or at least the early parts of it. After finishing work for the week on Wednesday afternoon, Colleen and I decided to take a little drive off by ourselves for a while. We needed to get out of the house, maybe check out what food trucks […]


running with yesterday’s theme

02 Jul

Not a new thing in this space, certainly, but damn, if Carrie Vaughn didn’t just write something I feel like I could’ve written myself: My eyes kind of bug out when anyone talks about wanting to be a kid again, or that high school was the best time of their lives. Being a kid means […]


literary lunchtime wisdom

01 Jul

From page 112 of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane: I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when […]


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