#079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

I’m having 16,000 second thoughts about the “family moving in” thing, & I’m hoping like hell it’s not too late…

I think that number's about accurate. I had the thoughts coming in the past few days, but I've been so exhausted I haven't had a chance to think properly. They came to a head yesterday with a crying and screaming fit that worked me into a near migraine. First of all, I was avoiding the … Continue reading I’m having 16,000 second thoughts about the “family moving in” thing, & I’m hoping like hell it’s not too late…

#078–Blitz Q: Did the Japanese Have & Use Tanks in WW2?

I guess that pic itself answers that. I'm sure there's a "whaaaa???" going on in some of your heads right now, because I'm sure the answer is "of course the Japanese army had tanks." But like the tree falling in the woods, if nobody talks about it, how can we know? Seriously. I don't think … Continue reading #078–Blitz Q: Did the Japanese Have & Use Tanks in WW2?

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

My Copy: 9780393609394 (image from amazon.com) I was curious what I could learn from this book--and it taught me a lot more than I thought...and in a hurry, too! With all the crazy things that've gone on the past month, I haven't had a chance to crack open a book in weeks. Glad I got … Continue reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

My Copy: 9780312427566 (image from booktopia.com.au) I'll admit: I saw the film based on this book probably a few dozen times before I ever read the book. Tom Wolfe's book about the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program is a fascinating real-life story, in that it's far more about the people involved, especially the first … Continue reading The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…

I heard a little about this, but thanks to clearing out my house and trying to get my brain back on track and life moving on, I hadn't paid much if any attention to the news in a week. So, I missed this gem from a few days ago. Lawson Craddock I heard was from … Continue reading Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…

There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…

Dad came home today, in a very shiny pewter urn with the paperwork I needed for all the damned legalese meant to prevent greedy idiots from trying to take away all he built. The urn was heavy and bigger than I thought it would be, but nicely engraved with dad's name on it. In the … Continue reading There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…