Pause

I’ve been reading a lot over the last couple of days about Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, about his years as White House Press Secratary, the mouthpiece of the president. An interesting quote I heard from the book was that Bush never paused to ...

The Runner

The Runner
No, that’s not me finishing a 10K in 28 minutes. If it were, I may be breaking the tape. Rather, that’s me at the start of the Healthy Kidney 10K, a race that despite not having run ten days before, and not feeling great at the start, and running the first mile in 6:53, I ...

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins
This is part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles Laundromat on Broadway. Technically we’ve already started; but we are in the early stages of the process. Yesterday, I received Adoption Parenting, a textbook-like tome that compiles stories and advice from over a hundred experts, ...

David Cook shocker

David Cook shocker
I for one am completely shocked at the outcome of American Idol season 7. I’m not the only one who thought Archuleta was a shoe-in from the beginning. As I kept telling my friends, the kid’s got pipes. But perhaps all those people who voted over and over again thought that age trumped it in ...

After Endgame

This is part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles Laundromat on Broadway. One sits, the other cannot sit. One stands, the other cannot stand. As the origins rise from despair’s depths. We laugh as ludicrously They play their game, Tired of wit and yet ...

TMBG

Behold the joy that is They Might Be Giants. My favorite comes at the nine minute mark, when they perform the greatest set of under-fifteen second songs ever recorded. Thanks to Ted

Wading Out

Wading Out —Ad Duluiyah, Ira We’re crossing an open field, sweating in December’s heat, with First Squad covering from the brush to our left; and I could be shot dead by a sniper, easily, this could be the ground where I bleed out in ninety seconds, but it won’t be. There’s a patch of still ...

Fingerprints

Fingerprints
Yesterday we made our second attempt to get fingerprinted for the adoption process. On our first attempt, last week, we were turned away because the only person at the precinct who takes fingerprints had called in sick that day. (No need to ask about the suspects who might have been brought in that day; most ...

Shantaram

This is part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles on Broadway. I finished this book almost two weeks ago and have been mulling over how to write my thoughts on it. It’s hard to comment on this novel, because so much of what makes ...

Staph

Staph
Try this: eat food from a cafeteria that’s been sitting around for a while, maybe not quite re-heated thoroughly. Eat enough so that you feel full but not stuffed. Wait about an hour and let the bacteria that was growing on the food before you ate it grow even more inside your stomach. You’ll start ...