Two Things That Illustrate How My Mind Works

The following two things happened to me today. They both occurred within 10 minutes. I might have been hungry; I don't know. Anyway. First, I read a company announcement about the special COVID-19 absentee policy on the HR site. I was reading along when this parenthetical phrase hit me: (for example, an employee that has been instructed to stay home at the explicit direction of their medical provider because the employee has a history of... Read more →


I Saw It Sitting There

Joe loves vinyl records. When we moved here to Pennsylvania, we found a couple of great record stores - one in Doylestown and one in Phoenixville - and boom. The store in Phoenixville closed, but apparently when God closes one record store, he opens another one. So we had to go and check it out. Now, Joe is the one who usually buys the records, but I do flip through the offerings and occasionally pick... Read more →


Totally Random

Quite a while ago, the lovely and talented Bev tagged me on Facebook with the "List 25 Random Things about Yourself and Tag Another 25 People" meme. Of course it sailed right past me, but then my mind stopped short and said, "Wait a sec. Didn't Bev tag you to do something or other?" So I looked it up and sure enough, I was tagged. Now I'm a spoilsport who never tags anyone else, and... Read more →


The Leech Woman

Svengoolie featured another horror classic last night: The Leech Woman. IMDB describes this movie thusly: An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth. Well, that barely scratches the surface! Therefore, let us explore the nuances and depths of this cinematic triumph. Mala, an ancient African woman, answers an ad for research subjects from Dr. Paul Talbot, a renowned endocrinologist. He's trying to... Read more →


To Bee Or Not To Bee

Today I bring you a recap of a really great horrible movie - Invasion of the Bee Girls. Yes! The film is set in 1973. It is the story of a group of scientitians in a federal research facility. Most of the scientitians are dirty old lascivious playboys. The one woman scientitian, Susan Harris, is an entomologist and quite the looker, but is described as being "cold as ice" by the playboys. She always wears... Read more →


In the Beginning

Today is our Ruby wedding anniversary - 40 whole years! How did we get here? Well, our first date was in August, 1979, at a pizza joint on Capitol Hill in DC. More dates followed quickly. Early in the fall, I invited Joe to accompany me on a canoe trip down the Mullica River in New Jersey. This event was hosted by one of the programmers where I worked; many of my fellow employees attended.... Read more →


Stuffed

Here is my collection of stuffed creatures - or most of them anyway. I actually cleaned them yesterday! One of the cats had been curling up of them and napping, leaving copious amounts of fur to mix with the regular dust. I tend to not see these things, but Joe asked me kindly to see to their upkeep, so I did. Would you like to know who's who? Of course you would. Top row: Snowman... Read more →


SOS

I drove down to the beach Saturday - the first time I've driven that far alone in years, and the first time I've taken Rinaldo on a long drive. I confess that I was a little nervous, but I reminded myself that I used to drive long distances alone all the damn time and I would be fine. Besides, unlike in my circus days, I had a phone. I'd be able to summon help with... Read more →


Exit Music

For many years now, I've had this vision of how I want to die. It goes like this. I lie in a beautiful, white canopy bed in my lovely lace nightgown. I'm propped up by fluffy pillows. The bed is surrounded by friends and family, all crying quietly, knowing that my end is near. A choir sings Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. I gaze at my loved ones, occasionally whispering some words of love and wisdom.... Read more →