I attended college with an Iraqi named Ibrahim who was a couple of years older than I was. He had a metal plate in his head from injuries sustained in the Iran-Iraq War. He was a friendly guy whose name was easy to remember because he resembled American president Abraham Lincoln. Seriously. Summon an image […]Read more "Why We Hate Each Other (or, a brief digression about why I think “Imagine” is a pretty neat song)"
There’s a scene in an episode of Seinfeld in which a woman cheers on hundreds of marathon runners by shouting, “You’re all winners!” A few years ago, I wrote a rather short essay that still managed to wander off-topic in spite of its brevity entitled “Everyone is a Writer.” No exclamation point, but it might […]Read more "But, I Digress . . .: a brief digression about the massive size of the internet and why you shouldn’t feel bad for calling yourself a writer."
I’m a sucker for a good questionnaire. It’s like being interviewed by Johnny or Dave, only with the time to think about your answers. This one came from Nova Namasté via Sadje@Keepitalive. Growing up, what did you want to do professionally when you got older? The phrase “growing up” is key here. I remember being […]Read more "Questions & Answers (Firewater Questionnaire)"
“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)"