On Missing Pets

So, we know that cats attract an unusual sort of person. Maybe the kind of person who doesn’t believe they deserve the love of a pet, but instead needs to be punished by an animal that bestows and denies affection on an apparently arbitrary basis. Cats do not behave rationally. When a friend-of-a-friend lost his … Continue reading On Missing Pets

On Watching Northfork

There’s a risk in going back to watch movies you loved years ago. I call it the “Doc Savage  Effect.” Despite the wounds of previous nostalgia-fueled viewing still being surprisingly strong, when clearing out my DVDs, I finally decided it was time to re-watch Northfork  before I sent it on to find another home. And, … Continue reading On Watching Northfork

On Not Being Trusted to Fight Off Tigers

When two dog owners get together, it doesn’t take them long to get to the point of all dog stories: poop. Every dog owner has a good poop story. Don’t they? I mean, it’s not just me, is it? Before we got John Henry, I tried to read up on dog behavior, dog training – … Continue reading On Not Being Trusted to Fight Off Tigers

#Illinois2018 – Fairs and Parades

We're in Denny’s, because Roadtrip Rules are still in force, and because there's one just across the parking lot from our delightfully clean and anonymous hotel. At the table next to ours, two African American bikers sit down. They’re older guys, with some impressive looking patches on their biker vests. I imagine they’re business professionals … Continue reading #Illinois2018 – Fairs and Parades