Current state of US politics

On at least a few occasions in the last couple of weeks I have been told that I need to “let it go and embrace the country’s president – for the good of the country.” One added “All this divisiveness is not good for our image globally and it is hurting us internally. He was elected and you need to support him.” Bull shit. Essentially, what you are saying is that I need to accept and “embrace” the behavior of a man that exemplifies all that is wrong with our country and the womanizers, bigots, racists, homophobes and xenophobes that...Read more

Career Path – source of misery #1

I have spent over 20 years as a project manager. I’ve worked at 3 different companies and done finance, marketing, IT and hardware installation projects. I have hated every minute of it. I kept taking the positions because they offered better pay. I never really thought about doing what I enjoyed. Younger, single, less accountable me didn’t care…I had money to burn. Older, married, stressed out due to massive responsibility me wishes I had put some more thought into this. I’m now at a point where I want to get off this career path but can’t do so without taking...Read more

I have a dog problem

As of this writing – 11/3/17 at 7:49PM There are 5 dogs in my house and only 4 people. We are outnumbered if they ever decided to rise up against their human oppressors. From oldest to youngest there’s: Sam – a Wheaton terrier that I got from a pet store. Sam was a rebound dog. Prior to Sam I had a black lab/wolfhound mix that I got from the ASPCA. She was my shadow for 11 years before passing away. That was a Tuesday – I had Sam on Thursday. I love him – as I do all my dogs,...Read more

Why do I feel the need to write again?

I had mentioned somewhere that I stopped writing this blog 14 or 15 years ago because I got busy and because I didn’t feel the need to write. I thought I should probably explain that some. When I started this blog back in 2002 I was unemployed, single and, after several months of unemployment, broke. I was depressed and living the life of a virtual shut in. I couldn’t afford to go anywhere or do anything – so I spent my days looking for a job and feeling sorry for myself. Writing became both a way to be a little...Read more

Ghost Story

Already failing at my daily writing because life is keeping me busy. This one pulled from the Archive – originally from May 13, 2002 —– The room where I sleep is just above my basement. Separating the two rooms is a louvered door and a small flight of steps. Half of the basement is finished off now, but the other half is still storage and partially taken up by a workbench that my brother used to use frequently. He would spend most of his time down there working on whatever and listening to the radio. Those of you that have...Read more

Survival

Watching survival shows over the years what has always struck me is that once basic needs are met – the thing that affects people the most is the loneliness. The absence of loved ones and lack of human interaction drives many of these otherwise mentally strong people to tears over the course of their trial.Beyond our basic needs of food, water and shelter we need nothing to survive. Everything after that only contributes to our overall quality of life. Yet nothing contributes more to our quality of life than the people we share it with. Good friends and happy families...Read more

Bug Huntin’

This was originally posted to this site on April 18, 2002 12:01 AM At the time I had a Black Lab/Irish Wolfhound mix named Bailey. She was “the” dog for me and gone 11 years now. Even though I have 4 other dogs right now, I still miss her every day. After squishing a spider in my office I thought about this story…so I dug it out for your reading pleasure.Read more

Rebirth of the site

In late 2001 I was laid off from the company I was working for. They had filed bankruptcy after the 9/11 attack and laid off 10% of the nationwide staff in one day. I had severance and unemployment benefits and thought I would be sitting pretty with cash in hand and a new job the next week. In early 2002 I started a blog. I had not found a job, was burning through my money paying bills and needed some way to keep myself sane. Writing each day became part of my routine. Some posts were little more than a...Read more