This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2021. For three of the four months, my wife and I were still quarantined, but I returned to work the first Monday in May. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the February update, the following books were […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2021 Update): How I Spent My Pandemic Vacation"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2021. It’s a New Year. But, as always, we define happiness as always looking forward to something. I was looking forward to the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It has now ended. Hoo-ray! I’m looking forward to the end of this pandemic as well. Vaccinations have begun, […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2021 Update): Meet the New Year"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2020. As always, we believe that happiness is looking forward to something. That “something” at FirewaterCorp typically implies forms of entertainment, the things we do to keep from getting bored. This has been of increasing importance for the past six months. Our company motto is “Read. Play. […]Read more "Looking Forward (October 2020 Update): The Pursuit of Happiness During the Great Pandemic"
A while back, I bragged about having watched all of the existing Trek content available in the world. First off, a person should never brag about anything. It’s not very classy or professional, and it makes you look egotistical. Arrogant, even. The word “brag” is the load-bearing portion of the word braggart, which is generally […]Read more "Lies, Trophies, Looking Forward and Star Trek: Lower Decks — not a review (because I haven’t watched it yet)"
Welcome to FirewaterCorp’s quadmonthly “Looking Forward” happiness report for June 2020. Our abiding philosophy is that happiness is derived from always looking forward to something. And, in our world, where quiet contemplation isn’t really something desired during the waking hours, most of what is looked forward to are our choices in entertainment, pleasurable ways to […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2020 Update): The Pursuit of Happiness"
I’ve always maintained that getting back home is always the best part of any vacation to me. It’s not that I don’t have fun travelling, because I do. It’s more that I enjoy getting back to my place, to my stuff, to my dogs. Perhaps you understand. This time that feeling was even stronger, though. […]Read more "Looking Forward Update: Cruisin’ 2020"
Sometimes, things that I didn’t intend to happen occur, and, again sometimes, I go with the flow to see where events take me. This is how I got to tour the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee (which is in a dry county, ironically). It’s how I ended up taking the tour of Graceland, in […]Read more "Nerd Premiere Twofer: Harley Quinn & The Mandalorian — a review"
photo by Sonja Langford on unsplash.com I’m a Beatles fan. I know, that’s a ballsy admission to make, since absolutely no one likes Beatles’ music. Regardless, this post isn’t about the Beatles really, although it was inspired by the band somewhat. Just the other day I was listening to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band […]Read more "Looking Back: It was 20 Years Ago Today . . ."
As I’ve mentioned once or twice, a huge component in my personal, stolen “pursuit of happiness” formula is always looking forward to something. This “Looking Forward” philosophy was inspired, in part, by something I heard Bernie Sanders say on television several years ago (at least, I think it was Sanders: it may have been someone […]Read more "Looking Forward (mini-update): What Comes After Supernatural?"
It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."