#081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?

This is a question that's bugged me my whole life along the Texas coast. Thankfully, we got through Rita (2005) and Ike (2008) okay where I'm at, many miles inland and several feet above sea level. We've never evacuated, and not because of the inability to afford it, scoffing at the storms, or bravado. No--we … Continue reading #081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?

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…

A Year of Shakespeare–Tackling the Bard’s works one at a time from “The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.)”, ed. by Stanley Wells & Gary Taylor

My Copy: 9780199267170 (image from amazon.com) Well, it'll be closer to "finished by Thanksgiving," but "Year of Shakespeare" has that rhyme thing that sounds better...and if I fall behind it may well BE a year. I've had an awkward relationship with Shakespeare's works from day 1. It kinda sucks when the only way you have … Continue reading A Year of Shakespeare–Tackling the Bard’s works one at a time from “The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.)”, ed. by Stanley Wells & Gary Taylor

#042–How do people work multiple jobs, 12 or more hours a day, and not go crazy?

I'd love to know this one, because though I'm happy I'm getting plenty of hours, I'm wondering if there's going to be anything left of me by the end of this new month. And how I'll deal with a suddenly reduced paycheck when I'm back to two jobs instead of having that third one that's … Continue reading #042–How do people work multiple jobs, 12 or more hours a day, and not go crazy?

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan

My Copy: 9780307453662 Finally! A book useful for those (poor schmucks?) among us who don't have that same, steady paycheck every week or two (or month).┬áMy prayers were answered when I found this, jaw dropping to the floor. I read about half a dozen books regarding budgeting, personal finances, goal setting, etc., but there was … Continue reading The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan