“Millennials may know more about my iPhone than I do, but very few of them have been taught how to properly address an envelope.” I’m a window clerk for the US Postal Service, and I’ve actually said the above sentence before. Out loud. Where people could hear me. I usually get a chorus of agreement […]Read more "Generation X (Or: a brief digression about putting people in boxes and calling them names)"
I’ve spoken on this topic before. Ad nauseum. You know what I mean. The secret of happiness is always looking forward to something. In my world, that something is largely entertainment choices—new seasons of television or streaming series, a new video game or book, movies, stuff like that. However, as I’ve explored this topic with […]Read more "The Last Blockbuster (documentary) — a review"
My wife and I were in self-imposed exile from the rest of humanity for thirteen months. My wife has MS. Hers is the relapsing-remitting type, just like President Jed Bartlett had on The West Wing. Some of the medication she takes weakens her already compromised immune system. A doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, told me—way […]Read more "The New Normal: Or, Back to Reality (Oops, There Goes Gravity)"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
I brazenly “borrowed” this one from one of my friends. You can read Maddalena’s responses here. I know you can read. But, only you know if you’re a Reader. We are a curious breed Do you have a certain place at home for reading? The short answer is “No.” I read in our home office, […]Read more "Firewater’s Reading Habits (a short questionnaire)"
Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, in Tampa, Florida, at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (which is 5:30 pm here in central Arkansas). I plan to watch it, even though I shouldn’t care about the outcome. With the pandemic, I’ve found it difficult to get interested in […]Read more "Super Bowl 2021: Who Cares?"
Most days, when I wake up, I know what I’m going to do. I’m usually wrong, of course, because—well, you know, life intervenes. But, during the pandemic, each day became pretty much like the one which preceded it. Here’s my usual routine. I wake up when the sunlight pouring through my west-facing bedroom windows becomes […]Read more "The Top Keeps Spinning (Or: How Do I Get There, You Liar?!?: a brief digression about philosophy and logic and the importance of morning routines)"
You’re not going to believe this. Not only is this my 800th post here, but somewhere in the body of this article, I will have self-published my one-millionth word on WordPress. I was fifty-one or fifty-eight words away from the million before I began typing. Here is fifty-one, if that was it. Here is fifty-eight, […]Read more "Post #800: One Million Words"
James Lipton, the longtime host of Inside the Actors Studio, passed away in early 2020 at age 93. I never considered myself a regular viewer of his television show, but I would watch it if it was on and the guest was someone interesting. Lipton was an interesting cat himself. The son of a Beat […]Read more "The “Inside the Actors Studio” Questionnaire"
After watching Stephen Colbert interview Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, using this same list of questions, I decided to attempt to answer them myself. What is the best sandwich? Without a doubt, it is the Reuben. Corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island salad dressing (should be Russian dressing, I suppose, but this is fine), […]Read more "The Colbert Questionert: Firewater Edition"