Friday Bag of Steak Marinade

The end of the week has come again. The world’s most interesting couple doesn’t eat much steak, but when we do we eat it on Friday night … and with that in mind I took a flank steak out of the freezer this morning. This afternoon I’ll put it in a marinade of soy sauce […]


“We’re Not Going to Vegas”

I’m working on the motorcycle today, so this’ll be a short entry.

As an Air Force pilot I had to pass a complete flight physical every year. Under civilian rules, airline transport pilots are inspected even more often: two physicals per year, administered by FAA-certified doctors. So it’s unsettling that a pilot with obvious mental […]


You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.

In Arizona, the banned book debate rages on. Tucson school district officials insist they didn’t ban any books. A local paper, the Tucson Citizen, asks why then did Tucson school district officials interrupt Mexican American classes in mid-session, confiscate […]


Don’t Be That Guy

Katherine Switzer running the 1967 Boston Marathon (photo credit: unknown)

Who’s the guy running behind her? That’s race official Jock Semple, trying to tackle her and pull her out of the marathon, yelling “Get the hell out of my race and give me that number!” The men running with Katherine blocked him and she […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“There’s a hundred thousand streets in this city. You don’t need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. […]


An Aroused Aloe

One of our century plants is blooming. I first noticed it Monday, a strange spike shooting up from the center of the plant, already three to four feet tall. Today the spike, or bloom, has reached eye level, close to six feet. That’s two to three feet of growth in four days. I’m impressed.


Thursday Odds & Ends

I shouldn’t say odds & ends. It sounds too final. What I should say is odds, ends, & re-beginnings. Is re-beginnings a word? Sure, why the hell not?

In Wyoming, during 8th and 9th grade, I had a best buddy. I moved to California but we kept in touch, and when I graduated from high […]


Truth & Truthiness

So Ira Glass touched a Daisey and got his fingers singed.* Glass, host of the popular National Public Radio show This American Life, aired Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a monologue about working conditions at Apple’s suppliers in China. Glass and his staff at This American Life thought Daisey’s assertions […]