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Category Archives: moods

Septimana horribilis


Not to be too dramatic, but one of the worst weeks in memory. Monday: fine except of course, it’s Monday. Tuesday: Kirk’s car broken into, window smashed, birthday present radio stolen. Police refuse to respond to call. Kirk’s dad taken by ambulance to er and admitted to hospital incoherent and in pain. Wednesday: bought used […]

Jamie Lawrence-Howard


Kirk and I were married in New York last Friday 8/20/12. Of course, we were married (as far as we are concerned) on 1/11/00 by the good Rev. Michael Carter, but it’s nice (and was surprisingly affecting) to have the paperwork. One of the questions on the form was “last name”. We had 4 options: […]

stupid stupid stimulus check boondoggle


kirk sent me an email that purported to give the schedule that the irs will follow when mailing out the stimulus checks this spring. did i say spring? i did. more on that later. so the email said that they would mail on a schedule according to the last two digits in your social security […]

stimulate this, congress


i like getting money as much as the next guy. and a $600 check will certainly be welcome, and if/when i get my stimulus check from congress, i will put it toward a credit card balance. but the idea that we have to send everyone checks to stimulate the economy is nonsense. you’d think it […]

those demonic black-clad youth


from a news article about the school shootings in cleveland: Coon, who was white, stood out in the predominantly black school for dressing in a goth style, wearing a black trench coat, black boots, a dog collar and chains, she said….Police believe Coon, wearing a Marilyn Manson shirt, black jeans and black nail polish, targeted […]

aging and gay, and facing prejudice in twilight


in the ny times this morning, this story about the homophobia-based mistreatment of gays and lesbians in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities. from the article: Elderly gay people…living in nursing homes or assisted-living centers or receiving home care, increasingly report that they have been disrespected, shunned or mistreated in ways that range from hurtful to […]

gotta remember this quote


in a completely separate context (a blog post about the iphone) i ran across this great, if a bit obvious, quote: In marriage there is a saying: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy? definitely gotta remember that one; hopefully i’ll remember it in time next time.

easing up on the barry bonds hating


maybe i’m getting more forgiving as time goes by. or more lax. anyway, i’ve been a barry bonds hater for quite some time. to save you clicking through, here’s a relevant bit of what i said: if he plays and passes hank aaron, and baseball honors the record, that’s it for me and baseball. seriously. […]

Olbermann: Bush, Cheney should resign


read it or watch it. i started crying about halfway through this, and couldn’t stop. it’s the most powerful, reasoned, cohesive, intelligent, and provable statement on this issue that one could possibly make. i won’t spoil his logic for you, but it’s airtight. i sometimes wonder if our free republic can survive these men. if […] up and running


kirk’s had that url — “” — for quite a while, and it has gone through various iterations. the latest, and perhaps the best so far, is a wordpress blog. it’s different from mine, in a good way. there are actual graphics on the page, for one thing. i was jealous of that, for a […]

mcguire’s forced to remove “joke” bathroom signs


this has to be the dumbest damn thing i’ve seen in a while. there’s a great irish pub in pensacola, florida. used to go there all the time, back in the day. they have live music, usually some folky guy with a guitar with whom you can sing “the unicorn song” or whatever. they have […]

the office basketball pool, part deux


third place this year–$70 cash, baby. for the second time in three years, i’m in the money. i would have been in the money last year, but even though i suspected florida would do well, i didn’t have the guts to pick them to go all the way, and i should have. i didn’t make […]

must be something in the dirty water


oh, boston. i’m glad you aren’t my home. the home of public officials so stupid that they can’t tell the difference between a lite-brite and a terrorist bomb device. basically, it was guerilla marketing in a couple of dozen cities over the past few weeks. none of the other cities were idiotic enough to think […]

i’m still here


i know, it’s been a while. it’s been quite a month. first, my group of five people at my place of employment was cut to two. just my boss and me. so, as you can imagine, i’ve been quite busy at work, which spills over into quite busy at home. you get the picture. and […]

on the use of “happy holidays”


a lot of people think this phrase is a politically correct copout. i don’t agree. i’m a christian. you are not. or maybe you are. how the hell do i know? saying “happy holidays” is just being sensitive of other people’s beliefs, and doesn’t assume that everyone believes the way you do. more importantly, i’d […]

the best $100 i spend each month


a couple of years ago i had surgery on my lower back. although surgery is often not necessary, it was in my case. unless i wanted to be a depends-wearing cripple with a metal strap around my foot and no sexual function. and, really, who wants that? the surgery was very successful in that i […]

breaking news you missed


great article bemoaning the [lack of] importance of stories classified as “breaking news”, via daring fireball. it’s true. the wedding of tom cruise and katie holmes is not breaking news. and at the end of the article, there’s a link to a devastating article about the unsealing of a holocaust archive. from the article: A […]

things that have recently made me cranky


the old guy sitting next to me at “grey gardens” wednesday night made me very cranky. first of all, though he was ancient and practically bald, he still had a ponytail. bad form. when we were going to our seats, before i knew i was sitting next to him, i overheard him complaining about his […]

it just gets worse


yankees pitcher cory lidle was on the plane that flew into the building. my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

jittery but fine


it doesn’t take much for a new yorker to get taken back mentally to 9/11. especially when a plane crashes into a manhattan high rise. on 10/11. i know that the human mind puts concidences together, and makes logical sense of them. and the 10/11 date is just that–a coincidence. still, it was an odd […]