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Perils of Caffeine in the Evening

"Not boring!" - Maria at work; "You lie about me on your blog." - Mrs. Perils;

Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:46:07 +0000


Feliz Cumpleanos, mi Hermano!

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:31:22 +0000

Tomorrow’s my middle brother’s (Larry Philbin) birthday,and I have a few things to say about that. Our mom was a girly-girl, and they had hot girl names picked out for each of us 3 until that wrinkly birth-borne appendage destroyed their hopes. I was to be Cynthia Leigh, Larry Philbin was to be [...]

OSU-Michigan - Once Again, the Enduring Spectacle

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:28:05 +0000

A little background for the uninitiated - All three of us - I and my two younger brothers - graduated from Ohio State. Our parents and maternal grandparents attended OSU as well, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the OSU-Michigan football game has become a focal point of our shared [...]

My 911 Story (rescued from Facebook oblivion)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:10:38 +0000

I was working in Milwaukee when 911 happened. I don’t watch TV in the morning (I seldom watch it in the evening, either), and I arrived at my client’s that Tuesday morning to see folks in the lunchroom huddled around a small TV. I asked “what’s up”, and they couldn’t [...]

Home, Once More

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:18:20 +0000

My Ohio State Marching Band Alumni has a “regular band”, a year-round group that plays concerts, parades, funerals, weddings and other special Buckeye occasions.  Of course, you have to live within driving distance of Columbus to participate, which definitely rules me ineligible as long as a private jet is beyond my means. Last winter, however, I [...]

Technology Gets Personal

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:24:21 +0000

I’m off to interview with a new client on the east side and, because the urban topography around here changes so quickly I often don’t recognize my own block sometimes, let alone the unruly suburbs, I plug my phone into a charger and run my Verizon Android GPS app.  I tap in my destination, and [...]

Memorial Day Musings

Tue, 31 May 2016 01:23:28 +0000

(Originally posted on Facebook, but cross-posted here - with enhancements - before it sinks beneath the FB wave) My dad and my grandfather were both veterans, but neither experienced combat, and I rode a college deferment into a beneficent draft lottery number as the Vietnam War wound down. So Memorial Day to me [...]

Music Trumps Politics This One Time

Sun, 15 May 2016 02:44:19 +0000

I keep harking back to this White House performance, when everything seemed possible.  It’s so euphoric, uncontrived.  I wondered what was going on in the green rooms that evening under the watchful stare of what presidential portraiture.  It seemed that for a night or a weekend, the Obama “hope” meme had been realized. As musicians, we [...]

Abandoning Our 40-year-old Landline

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:37:00 +0000

So we changed internet providers this month, as Centurylink has strung fiber through the neighborhood and began offering killer deals in competition with Comcast.  Collateral damage in the process: our landline phone number, which we first acquired from Pacific Northwest Bell in 1975. We could have included it in our package, but for the last 5 [...]

Look Of Love

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:47:31 +0000

As bad as I am about keeping up with current events here, I still hold it out as a more durable repository for my life events than Facebook (which I enjoy for its immediacy and instantaneous dialogue).  But there are some events that have a more permanent effect on me, and, at the risk of [...]

The Allure of the Road

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:00:48 +0000

And just like that, October’s gone.  It’s always a bittersweet month, with its August-like spates of summer juxtaposed against precipitous chill and the inevitability of shorter days, late-ripening in the garden vs. systemic decay. The fact that it’s also my birth month is a mixed blessing as well, as the tolling of the years has morphed [...]