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My Little Friend

Rusty died today, not by accident but by design. One day after his seventeenth birthday the vet came and stopped his heart. He looked at us and said one last “meow”. I guess the shot hurt. God, this is hard. Say what you will about pets vs. people, losing anything that you love is wrenching. …

Johnny Freedum

Johnny Freedum was in a good mood. He’d just heard a guy on Fox say that the Constitution – the Constitution of the United States of America! – guaranteed that he did not have to stay home just because some damned Governor said so. β€œGod, I love this country!”, Johnny thought to himself as he …

Not Dead Yet

We walked down the street this morning to have a look at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or as locals call it The CHAZ. More on this in a moment. What is a Domestic Terrorist? There’s no hard and fast definition, so let me give you my answer. A Domestic Terrorist is someone who, through …

Bear and Not Bear

People are putting bears in their windows to amuse passersby. We wanted to get in on the fun, but our house isn’t ideal since we don’t have any windows on the front of the house. So we did what we could with the “windows” in our front door. The little guy peeking down from above …

Scolds and Wag-fingers

When I was running software development teams, I had a rule: tell people what you want accomplished, but not how to do it. Of course some need mentoring and everyone needs review. But if you’ve ever worked for someone who told you to do something and precisely how to do it, you know how annoying, …

Surveillance

I just finished watching a documentary produced on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you are good at arithmetic, you will have figured out that the show is about ten years old at this point. It covered events following the Second World War that led to the building of the …

A little of “The other stuff”

Did you notice the subtitle of this blog? Every now and then I’d like to call your attention to something unrelated to travel. Just about four blocks from my house, a young fellow named Matt Kiser decided to start a daily newsletter that would chronicle the Trump presidency day-by-day. Each day is summarized in a …

Moving On (again!)

They say that the third time’s the charm. I hope so because I’m getting tired of moving this blog! So, what’s going on? It’s not easy to find a good place to host a blog. Some are free, but insert ads into posts. Some are difficult to use. Some are very expensive. This time, I’m …