Traveling to the not-so-distant past

Day 1 of the grand road trip finds us in Jacksonville, visiting with some old (not in age, unless you consider me old and we’re not going there) friends. First, some props are due to my redoubtable Avalon.  With its seventh birthday just months away, the car (freshly detailed and shampooed) purred along the highways, cruise… Read more »

Postal mail is to email as email is to ______; text your answer to…

With the recent unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs, Apple mastermind extraordinaire, I thought it an appropriate time to discuss the dizzying advances of technology and their impact to our lifestyles.  As the title suggests, we’re going to talk about our communications; viewed over distance in miles and years. The subject came to mind as I… Read more »

How do Boy Scouts ever travel?

So, okay, I know their motto is to always “be prepared”, but someone explain to me what happens when they have to take a long trip. Heading into my final weekend before the big road trip to D.C. and back (with stops at points in between) I’m growing closer to the actual process of packing… Read more »

Oh what a feeling

Years back, there was a long-running ad campaign from Toyota featuring people jumping into the air with the title of this post.  As I prepare to take my Avalon on my road trip up the coast to Washington D.C. (and back, natch), I thought I would devote a bit of the blog to my relationship… Read more »

Too much of a good thing

We’ve all heard that one before, right?  Maybe it’s about food; maybe fun; maybe even love.  I’ve got a new one to add to the list.  Read on… I’ve blogged a number of times about my intense loyalty.  To people, to places and to products.  While there are some concessions I’ve made to inflation and… Read more »

Disconnected

After just getting through talking with you about the take-over of technology in our lives, I had an ironic experience that both lent credence and uncovered surprising realities to that thought. Over the last day or so, my internet connection has gone a-sputtering, leaving me without connection for the better part of a day and… Read more »

Learning curve

I have mentioned a few times throughout this blog that I’m not under any illusions about how smart I am (in fact, in the post “I’m not smart”, I tried to explain why other people think I’m smart).  It’s not false modesty.  It’s actually easy to be humble when I’m so easily humbled. However, not… Read more »

What the hack is going on?

Yesterday I woke up to a surprise when I clicked over to my website.  Instead of my familiar home page (with my nice new book trailer; hope you enjoyed it), there was a strange black page with red type proclaiming proudly that my page/site/server had been hacked. Actually, that was the only line I understood,… Read more »

Rats!

I’m a big fan of Peanuts as you know (and if you don’t, scout up the post “Genius”), so I happily use Charlie Brown’s exclamation of dismay quite often.  It makes a non-vulgar substitute after mistakes in some highly charged tennis matches. Sadly, today’s blog is about the actual furry creatures and not cartoon comments…. Read more »

It’s not science fiction anymore

There’s a long-standing science fiction plot that revolves around machines taking over for humans.  Sometimes it’s benevolent; sometimes not so much.  My most recent exposure to this theme was in the enjoyable animated movie Wall-E (yes, that was some time ago, but the plot doesn’t get recycled that much). Except, it’s not science fiction anymore. … Read more »