Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

Friday, December 05, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

sleeping giant

San Francisco, CA

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

tag, i'm it

Sid Smith of Postcards from the Yellow Room has tagged me. Does this mean that I have a numbered collar around my ankle and my migrating habits will be electronically tracked? Or that Sid has spraypainted an urban hieroglyphic on my back? Neither, dear readers. Here is the tagging 411:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

So let's embrace the personal random:

1. I learned how to read when I was four years old, thanks to constantly watching Sesame Street. I have vivid memories of sitting by the heating vent in my room reading Dr. Seuss books. My grandparents told me that I spelled out and read aloud the EXIT sign at an International House of Pancakes when I was three, but I don't remember that. I've been a wordnerd ever since.

2. I started collecting records seriously around the age of thirteen. Before that, it was comic-book collecting, but that hobby was beginning to lose its allure. I bought many of my early records at the local K-Mart--I would ride my bike there and pick up another Rush or Black Sabbath album for my small-but-rapidly-growing collection. I currently have over 1,400 albums and CDs. Once a collector, always a collector. [2013 edit: now up to 2,700 albums/CDs--good grief]

3. My favorite season is autumn, as you can probably tell from my recent pics. I love the slight chill in the air and the sound and smell of falling leaves. I wish that autumn lasted longer, but maybe its fleetingness is part of its charm: it's gone so fast that you really have to pay attention every day to appreciate it fully.

4. I hate beets and peas. I have given them many opportunities to enlighten my palate, but the result is always the same: blech. I can tolerate pineapples but would prefer to avoid them. I love lima beans and recently began to appreciate asparagus.

5. The house where I grew up is currently sitting vacant, and that makes me sad. I last stepped foot in it back in 1986. I hope that someone puts it on the market soon so I can go to an "open house" event there and wander through many childhood memories.

6. I'm not color-blind but have a very poor sense of what colors go together. I could never be an interior decorator.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

quote of the day

Requests are welcome, but responses are unlikely. --
Peter Hammill, at The Winchester in Lakewood Ohio, 10/10/08.

power lines

Sunday, October 19, 2008

what is truly important

Hint: it's not your job.

on bad luck

If it were raining soup, we'd be standing outside with forks.
-- my grandma

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

the salesman

San Francisco, California

Thursday, October 02, 2008

a musing

I would like to rip my own spine out and beat people with it. But that would be a spineless thing to do, so I won't.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

thought for the day

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Depending on how gracious one may be feeling, this maxim could mean that good ideas can come from unlikely sources, or that even idiots get lucky now and then.