so there i was...

I'm not sure why, but I recently decided it would be fun to find ways to tell stories (and get others to tell stories) with the "so there I was..." lead-in. It entertained me for a while, until I said it at a party. I was about to launch into some tale… more »

my days here are numbered

My unaccompanied baggage* was whisked away yesterday, and my household goods** were taken in an even more expedient fashion today. I'm left only with FMO*** stuff and the clothing I must, perforce, haul with me. I'll close out of this amazing apartment-… more »

hoppin john!

So I was looking for something to do with a package of black-eyed peas I had in the fridge, right? Checked around for some recipes, and discovered...hoppin' john.  I think it's Southern, but nothing I've ever heard of, let alone tried. (That I remember… more »

today, i cook

I haven't done this in a while. Cook, I mean.  I've decided it's time I went back "healthy." I prefer to eat healthy. It tastes better and I feel better. It just takes effort because I have to, you know, actually go in the kitchen for something other t… more »

liberal military - and i'm not alone

I've been needing to explore my thoughts on what it means to be a liberal member of America's military for quite some time, but frankly, I've been busy surfing YouTube, Facebook, and getting into Angel, a spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as you know… more »

the tale of the man who was too lazy to fail

and the resulting butthurt This story is by Robert Heinlein and is included in his novel Time Enough for Love. The premise is as follows: Lazarus Long, born in the early 20th century, is still alive two millenia later, thanks to techonology and his abi… more »

thoughts on the debate

In the course of last night's debate, Phillip Tricolla asked this question: Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that th… more »

what words mean

of course america is a democracy, you crazy people

Today was my last day in my Military Ethics elective course at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School I'm attending in Norfolk, Virginia, at the moment. Our final assignment was to write a short paper arguing the justness (or lack thereof) of any giv… more »

how do i love poetry? let me count the ways...

The son of one of my friends is working on poetry assignments and, as it turns out, has the same objections my students do when confronted with poetry. He doesn't "like" it. He doesn't "get" it. I have many responses to this, as you might imagine, and n… more »