Recently, Guardian columnist Victoria Coren Mitchell wrote about how oppressive the current news cycles are and then suggested a list of things that make her happy. I think this is both an excellent idea and a relatively stress-free exercise for someone looking to maintain a weekly blog-posting schedule. In that spirit, here is my list.… Continue reading On happy thoughts
Sure, you’re a restaurant, so why wouldn’t you have an enormous fork outside just to drive home the point. And sure, you’re attracting people to come in and celebrate graduation, so you use a graduation cap to catch the eye of potential customers. But then you end up with a cap on a fork. And… Continue reading A hat on a fork. Really.
It’s a little after 6.30 a.m. and, standing on the porch of my first apartment in America, I watch the torrential downpour outside. It’s dramatic: rain in an angry, determined deluge that just doesn’t happen back home, and I’m glad I’m living a little way up a hill and not in a flood zone. The… Continue reading On First Impressions
So, I’m not saying that our apartment complex is being terrorized by a huge but invisible creature that takes bites out of discarded furniture. But then I’m not not saying that, if you know what I mean…
Training a dog the modern way takes a lot of treats. You see, if you’re not going to dominate your puppy into doing as they’re told, as people did in the dark days of the too-recent past, then you have to bribe them with treats. And, at least at the beginning, Jordan needed a lot… Continue reading On Training Jordan, Part 2
June in Austin, TX, is shopping cart mating season. As you can see, sometimes the vigorous nature of the copulation leads to casualties. They died doing what they love.
I am doing temp work at a Major Publisher after being laid off, and it was boring and generally awful. One guy is keeping a close eye on me, making sure I pick up projects from the project-pick-up desk, with this passive-aggressive bonhomie that makes me want to kill him with a paperclip. He says… Continue reading On Interviews