drag race jeopardy

Alex Trebek appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Dayyum!

the usual dog problems

With all these DOGS we have, the vacuum-cleaner bag has to be changed every session.

decent coffee without spending a lot

Various things things to make coffee slung up waiting for a wash.


— Bialetti moka pot (makes espresso)
— Bodum French press
— Clever Dripper (pairing the functionality of a French Press with the convenience of a drip brewer)

Not pictured:

— Hario coffee mill
— Rival automatic drip (cheap! $7)

I like experimenting with inexpensive coffee-making equipment.

The moka pot is great for espresso. For normal coffee, of the equipment I have, the French press and the cheap automatic drip machine produce the best results. The Rival machine is surprisingly good. I take it with us on camping trips when there will be electricity. If no electricity, all the others work well with a camp stove.

el poder de la palabra

Some big companies have good people running the social media. dictionary.com and merriam-webster wield words like a sword on Twitter and handle people who need handling with loads of sass and humor. I love that. It reminds me of good poetry: lots of meaning wrapped up in few words.

I saw Netflix go after somebody who was complaining about the confusion of gender roles and identities after Netflix posted a pic. The Netflix response was something like, “Do you realize that is Jennifer Lopez?” That was a master stroke of economy of words and skilled humiliation. Loved it.



Instead of making fun of some bishop at a wedding, I’ll put on some George Harrison and post a picture of toast.

#edifying #topbrownonly

mentally devoid

I’m having a hard time this morning finding something to satirize. Maybe another cup of coffee..


The first full-length novel that I picked out and read all by myself was The Exorcist (1971). I got off to a good start.

It was sold out all over town, but I called around and found it at Straughan’s on Lawndale. I got my mother to take me over there “to get something important and can I have four dollars?”

She was pissed when she saw what I got. By the time we got back home, she changed that to, “well, I guess it’s good you are reading.”