Monday, January 26, 2015

And then there's...

I have a good friend whose family life is a bit -- strained.

The mother is having an affair, and only periodically lives at home.
The father is emotionally distant, and sometimes goes for days without talking.
The daughter (my friend) is having an affair of some type with a man three times her age. (No, not me).

And now, the daughter  tells me, they just learned that the new girlfriend of her brother, so happy to see her because the brother had been abruptly dumped by an earlier version, has an impediment of her own: two small children.

Ever want to just DO something, anything, to help someone?  Yeah.  Me.  Now. No idea what.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Why, Yes

Came across this quote on 8Tracks.Com:

I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Most people who turn their hands to writing a Sherlock Holmes story can't do it - it quickly becomes a farce, a travesty.  Those who can, cannot usually sustain it  - a miracle occurs, a trick appears. Then something amazing happened. Something like that.

But, very rarely,  one finds an author who can do it, can sustain it, and do so with flair and imagination.  Such an author is James Lovegrove, and Gods of War is such a book.

Holmes is retired, as is Watson. Both are aging, living quietly, Holmes alone, Watson with his second wife.  Watson has come to visit his old friend, a small reunion of two long-time companions. Nothing out of the ordinary.

And then something happens. The police are stymied. And a certain elderly man is contacted....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Did You Hear?

This morning, our school district decided to close two hours early due to snow.  The principal made an announcement that all teachers should look at their emails.  The kids said Are we getting out early?  to which one teacher replied I don't know, and if I did, I would not be allowed to tell you.

Whereupon one kid came into the room and said Hey, we're getting out early, did you hear?

Organizational attempts to keep juicy secrets are almost always futile. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Why is it that for the life of me I cannot remember that Pourtant translates as Though, However, Yet?

Every night I look at my list of Terrible French Words and Phrases, and every night I get all the way to Pourtant... and I stop dead. Stumped.

There's a reason I have that motto from Henry Rollins up there.

Glasses Up, Yup

I have never seen a picture of people raising wine glasses, either to each other or to the camera, that looked authentic, as if they really are having a good time.  The gesture always looks posed to me, as if they're thinking Whelp, time to give the international symbol for I'm Having A Good Time, But In A Classy Way. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Getting a surprising amount of pleasure from setting the Star Trek Original Series intercom alert sound as the appointment alert sound on my Calendarscope entries.  Makes me smile each time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Learning About It

I received an email from a friend the other day, telling me that she had recently learned that she has genital herpes.  This is of only theoretical interest to me, since she and I have never been sexually intimate, but it did spark a quick round of research - starting with What is Genital Herpes and moving on to How do you get it and How can it be treated.  

Only one site - WebMD - said Look, this is unhappy news but it isn't the end of the world, and it doesn't mean you're suddenly undesirable or ugly, and it doesn't mean that you can't be sexually active, or have children.  It does mean you'll probably have to take medication for the rest of your life, but LOTS of people take chronic-condition medication for the rest of their lives.  It won't stop you from living. YOU are not herpes; you HAVE herpes.  All of the rest of the sites treated it like a serious infection (which apparently it is) that will make major changes in your life (which apparently it can, but doesn't have to).  I pointed out the WebMD article to her, but she had already come to those conclusions based on things she'd found on local health sites.

I was a little surprised that she told me.   We're close friends, and I've told her repeatedly that she can talk to me about anything (she's not very close to her parents, and sometimes she needs to talk), but this - this is pretty intimate stuff.  I'm honored that she trusts me so much.


If my religion says that you cannot do something, and you do not share my religion, I cannot expect that you will not do that thing. My religion guides me, not you. 

A point which seems to elude fanatics.