Monthly Archives: December 2018

jalisco dreamin’

End-of-year dream.

I dreamed last night that I was picking out flautas to fill a giant to-go container in Guadalajara. I stopped at 2.5 kilos (5.5 lbs) when other customers started grumbling about the gringo buying all the place had.

I ended up walking through a gift shop while munching on them looking for Brian and complaining, “why did I buy all these flautas if he’s not going to help me eat them, and I forgot the 2L Pepsi.”

Then I woke up in Greensboro disoriented. It made no sense in a lovely way.

attitude problem early on

I remember seeing a letter in the local newspaper when I was a teenager (age 15 ~ 1974). A distant “career/professional” couple was considering a move and wanted people to write and convince them to move to Greensboro. I took out a sheet of paper and wrote the following: “If this is the way you choose a place to live, please move somewhere else.”

I must have been auditioning for net forums before the net was around.

i don’t do mass on Christmas Eve anymore, but…

For a number of years, my mother insisted that we go to Catholic mass at OLG (Our Lady of Grace) on Christmas Eve to honor my brother who was in the process of becoming Catholic when he died. I would not choose to go to a mass on my own, but it helped my non-Catholic mother to process, I thought it was an OK way to honor my brother and the wishes of my mother, and I can get through a mass OK even though that religion is not my thing.

There are many things that would prevent me from ever being Catholic, but I take comfort in that at OLG, they took real good care of my brother, and they knew the whole nine yards about him, the whole kit and caboodle.

To me, “not my thing” doesn’t mean it’s not valid. I can respect.

This is my holiday homily. I rarely do them. I usually just yuck it up.


GD! 😎


i ruined it for everyone

My lounging around the house shirt.

warm wishes

A most unusual holiday card arrived in the mail today. I don’t yet understand the riddle, but I know who it is from.


oh the places i don’t go anymore

It was hard to let go of Mother Jones since I was an almost continuous reader of it since the 70’s. I let it go in the lead-up to the 2016 election. To me, it had become a dishonest clickbait machine.

I let Democracy Now! go earlier this year due to my perception that there is significant agenda to it.

Both can still have a decent moment, but neither gets my serious attention anymore. Gathering information these days is mighty tricky, but there is still some quality out there.