Missing the retail madness

There was a time I used to enjoy shopping. Particularly holiday shopping. This was long before I became a hermit. Even before the burgeoning online shopping phenomenon. Yet, today, as I see more and more holiday ads, I feel a little pang. Perhaps I am missing the retail madness. Way back when We haven’t dusted… Read more »

The greatest show on (American) earth!

Pop the popcorn! Grab the munchies! Put new batteries in the remote! It’s election night in America – the greatest show on (American) earth! Get your votes in, if you haven’t already I went this morning, at 7 am, and there were lines to the parking lot already. Excellent! Maybe all the reasons aren’t as… Read more »

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, NPA

Welp, it’s here again and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m always happy and proud to take part in this great democratic design. It’s not just a responsibility, it’s a pleasure. And, as always, I find myself in the same place. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, NPA…. Read more »

Halloween wrap up, Part Two

And here it is, the final Halloween post for 2018. Following up on yesterday’s wrap up, let’s step back a few days to the big Halloween BBQ. For that is the subject of my Halloween wrap up, Part Two. Shout out to Mom…again That’s right, Mother Nature put me back on the map this year…. Read more »

Halloween wrap up, Part One

A week and a half to build, three weeks on display and three hours to pack it all up. Yes, it’s November 1st and regulars know what that means. Time for the Halloween wrap up, Part One. Shout out to Mom For the first time in long memory, Mother Nature was extraordinarily polite to me…. Read more »

It all comes down to this

The preparations. The planning. The building. The sweat. The aches and pains. Yep, whether it’s all worth it or not is probably more personal than anything. But, for an external measure, it all comes down to this. Not yet perfectly ready Believe it or not. I look at the display and I think, hmm, maybe… Read more »

The graves always appear at the end

Everything ends. All things pass. There is no real dispute over this. It’s the same with me, of course. Just more involved. Because I have more reasons why the graves always appear at the end. Working my way up the driveway The hard part is done, right? Laying all those edging stones. Setting up all… Read more »

Conjuring up a Halloween menu

Unlike the picture adorning this post, I don’t go for funny looking foods at my Halloween BBQ. My emphasis is always on providing a tasty and satisfying feast. So, that’s the first test to any Halloween food choice. Still, there’s some fun involved with conjuring up a Halloween menu. More oven than BBQ I have… Read more »

Don’t tell ants they can’t fight City Hall

Welp, as expected, stuff happens. In this case, stuff happens when you clean out your front landscaping. Turns out, that’s really urban renewal. And the (former) tenants aren’t happy. They’ve gone on attack. Don’t tell ants they can’t fight City Hall! The origins of a protest The first part of the story you already know…. Read more »

When good ideas meet bad policy

So. You remember me getting all excited about Halloween, right? And then I started getting the front of the house prepared. Still with me? Welp, about halfway through that landscaping, I realized I should be paying someone to do it instead. Here’s what happens when good ideas meet bad policy. Once you get into the… Read more »