The Cold Truth

For twenty years, we had a second refrigerator in the basement. It was a piece of junk – dented on one side with a broken shelf and a small freezer. But it was a handy place to keep leftovers and extra supplies. Eventually, though, I realized something very important: the fridge part was almost always near-empty; the freezer part was jammed tight and never quite big enough. And so, when we moved to a new house, we didn’t take that energy-sucking dinosaur with us.  Instead, we bought a small, standalone freezer: […] Click to read more…

Big Things, Small Packages

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to get creepy. It’s just a fact: I go upstairs to pee. I work in an office building that houses five or six small companies (not to brag, but mine is the smallest). There are two bathrooms – one on the first floor where my office is, and one upstairs. Ever since the pandemic hit, I go upstairs. The problem, you see, is that the ground floor bathroom is used a lot. Not just by my fellow tenants, but by their clients (we have a chiropractor […] Click to read more…

Car Talk

I’m a long way from what you would call a “car guy.” I don’t care how fast they go – my wife is always accusing me of “dawdling” on the highway. I don’t care about cargo space – I own nothing that needs moving. I don’t care what they look like – I’ve got bigger appearance challenges. So you won’t be surprised to learn that my car of choice for the past 15 years has been the Ford Focus. Reliable, inexpensive, easy to spell. In keeping with my minimal level of vehicular interest, I […] Click to read more…

Communication Complication

I’m not really sure how old my children are – I’ve kind of lost track in all the commotion. But they don’t live with us anymore, so I’m guessing that they are adults. Unfortunately, and while I try not to take it personally, not one of the three lives in the same time zone as my wife and me. In fact, none of them live in the same time zone as each other. We’ve got Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern represented.  In terms of degree of difficulty, arranging a family Zoom call […] Click to read more…

Rhythm Method

For the past two months, I have been trying to learn how to play the guitar. It’s always struck me as a fun activity and, since I am pretty good at typing, it seems like a logical next step. But the odds are not in my favor – this is the third time in about seven years that I have tried to make a go of it. The first two (failed) attempts involved live, in-person teachers. In both instances, I lasted about six months. This time, though, I have made two […] Click to read more…