It’s the little things in life…

I love my Friday ritual (which has sadly been interrupted lately by teacher-inservice days and pesky ice storms, ugh): once the kids are off to school, it's time for breakfast at my favorite neighborhood place. I'm greeted by name, camp out at the counter surrounded by stacks of newspapers, and catch up on the local happenings. While I agree with Jack about the evilness of our local Safeway, when they're selling one of my favorite vices for $1.99 a 12-pack, well, I temporarily put my beliefs aside. That is, if they even have it in stock today...update: of course they did not have it. What was I thinking? But at least I a) found someone pleasant to go check for me, and b) got [Read more...]

We all go marching two by two…?

Single life is fine till about 30, then normal people marry What the....? Did you know that (according to some columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, anyway): - Being married is better. - Married people are more plugged into life, their shoulders are to the struggle of moving civilization. - Married people risk their entire lives, and while things do go spectacularly wrong, they tend to go right and either way they are actually building something real, which is more than single people can say. Uh, okay. You get the gist. There are plenty of characterizations about picky, kindergarten-like single people afraid of commitment, steady, more enlightened married people, etc. [Read more...]

Flotsam

(I'm zooming on a combination of great french press coffee and 12-hour Aleve Cold & Sinus - you've been warned!) A few random thoughts, observations and/or teasers for upcoming entries: - Jack Bog's on the money about Lieberman. Now if only Joe will get a clue... - School report cards are out, just in time for all those fifth grade parents knee-deep in the decision-making process about middle schools (more about our decision and the whole Portland school transfer process to come..yes, it'll be a rant, but not in the way you'd expect). - No, I'm not under delusions of grandeur about imposing my will on others. There's a story behind the blog's name, which might just turn [Read more...]

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ (Wo)man

Although Oregon's now home and has been for six years, I've been around... (It's bold if I've visited and/or passed through, bold green if I've lived there as well.) 1) Alabama 2) Alaska 3) Arizona 4) Arkansas 5) California 6) Colorado 7) Connecticut 8) Delaware 9) Florida 10) Georgia 11) Hawaii 12) Idaho 13) Illinois 14) Indiana 15) Iowa 16) Kansas 17) Kentucky 18) Louisiana 19) Maine 20) Maryland 21) Massachusetts 22) Michigan 23) Minnesota 24) Mississippi 25) Missouri 26) Montana 27) Nebraska 28) Nevada 29) New Hampshire 30) New Jersey 31) New Mexico 32) New York 33) North Carolina 34) North Dakota 35) Ohio 36) Oklahoma 37) Oregon 38) Pennsylvania 39) Rhode Island 40) [Read more...]

What to do, what to do

ASK HARRIETTE: Tell your wife to cut out the blog right now Dear Harriette: When my wife gets mad at me, she writes on her Web site what I did wrong that day. We are in counseling, but sometimes my words will be twisted around on the site. She tells me not to go to the site, but I know one of our neighbors does and I want to know what is being said about me on a public Web site. Any advice? -- Tom, Texas Tom: Is nothing sacred anymore? Like you, I would be outraged if my spouse revealed details of our life together -- conflicts or triumphs -- in a public forum without my blessing. What to do, what to do. The blogs I like ? the ones I come back to day after day ? are the [Read more...]