For All Of It

There is a line in one of Rita Mae Brown's novels (I cannot remember which one right now) where a character, upon being stricken with a fatal heart attack, says, "Thank you God, for all of it." We had a quiet Thanksgiving this year -- just Joe and me. My cousin's wife passed on hosting the dinner this year because my cousin is in poor health. SonnyeBoy had to work, so he couldn't come home... Read more →


Let Me Sum Up

Since I last updated, I have continued this absurd fixation with taking care of myself. I have walked every single day -- one day I even got off the subway one stop early and took the longer walk up the hill to my office. I also started walking to the subway after work instead of catching the work shuttle. I know! I have also lost a smidgeon more weight. So now that it actually seems... Read more →


The Best Game You Can Name: Locked Out

As August fades into September and September slides toward October, I usually start getting excited. Why? Hockey. Not this year. This year the fall appears bleak and gray; the winter looms silent and icy. The NHL has locked out the players. Neither side wants to budge, with the sticking point being the division of revenues. The players currently receive 57%; the owners want to cut that to 47%. In effect, that's about a 17% pay... Read more →


I Ate, I Edited, I Made A Pie

So, the rest of the week happened; it was not as good as Tuesday, but hey, they can't all be winners. It seemed like I was busy busy busy, but it was mostly meetings and seminar pilots. I actually managed to speak up in the meetings I went to, which is unusual for me as I either cannot think of anything worthwhile to say or I can't muster up enough suck-up-ness to spout off about... Read more →


Hockey's Almost Over; It Must Be Summer

Game 6, Eastern Conference Finals. The New Jersey Devils (for whom I am reluctantly rooting) versus the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The winner will face the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final series; the Cup will be awarded by June 13th at the latest. And then summer will begin. It's a slow withdrawal, this ending of hockey season. Luckily, So You Think You Have Pants Can Dance has started up... Read more →


This and That

In 1937, a gallon of gasoline cost 10 cents -- at least that what the "Finance Fact" on AMC's showing of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" says. Now it ranges from $3.57 at the WaWa in Beltsville to $4.05 at the Exxon in northwest DC. Then again, folks make more money now than they did in 1937. My mom told me that when the Great Depression hit, her salary was cut in half -- from... Read more →


All May Skate...Or Not

One of the many activities at this year's Weetacon was a trip to the local rolling skating rink, the Rola Rena. I used to be able to roller skate. In fact, I even took lessons once upon a time, at the Congressional Roller Rink in Rockville, Maryland, which has been gone, gone, gone for many many years. Unfortunately, I was never very good at it. Skip ahead about 15 years -- roller skating became quite... Read more →


Cover Your Ears -- and Maybe Your Eyes

Today's theme for the March Photo-A-Day is LOUD. Y'know, hockey is a loud game. The crack of the puck on a stick or of bodies on the boards punctuate the action; the airhorn or siren wail signals a goal or the end of a period. The crowd can be amazingly loud, especially home team crowds when they're cheering on their favorite team, exhorting the skaters to unleash the fury, or hollering at the referee for... Read more →


Hockey Talk

Holy smokes! The Habs are leading the Red Wings by a score of 5 to 0, and it's only the start of the second period! On paper, the Red Wings should be in charge of this game. Such is not the case so far. If this keeps up, I will not earn another hat trick in the NHL Hat Trick Challenge game on nhl.com. Speaking of hat tricks, how about that Matty Hatty last night?... Read more →


Baked and Decorated

Well, mroe or less. I still have a batch of cookies to bake. I am a little hinky about these cookies because they require rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters. The dough is currently getting nice and cold in the fridge. It tastes great -- maple-y and rich. I splurged and used some Kerrygold Irish butter, which is so tasty I have to resist just straight up eating it. See, I am not good... Read more →