For some reason, this story sprang to mind today, although it happened some time ago. One evening, I was walking along Main Street when a very jacked up car filled with ruffians drove by. As they passed me, the windows went down and the men started shouting: “Oink! Oink!” They accompanied the calls with snarfling […]


I headed over to the farmers’ market on time yesterday, for a change, and picked up a bunch of awesome food. As I drifted around, I thought about various meals that I might want to make, and I ended up assembling the perfect ingredients for champ, courtesy of three different farmers. I figured I might […]

Living on the Dry Side

“Now,” she says, “what kind of cocktail can I get you?” I was already ill at ease at the party. A huge group of people I didn’t know, all dressed far more formally than I was, with thin legs and flat stomachs, looking like a collection of praying mantises in couture. I was relieved of […]

On Swimming

I have a confession. I can’t really swim. I know, I’ve been writing all these posts about going to the river, and I might have one up sometime soon about the Great Ocean Adventure, but I can’t really swim. I splash around, for sure, and I can dogpaddle with the best of them, but in […]


A friend and I decided to go to Sweetwater last night, pretty much on a whim. The awesome thing about open public tubs is that you can do that, so we trundled on down the road to Mendocino in the evening to see what there was to be seen. He had never been to Sweetwater […]

Evan Almighty

We went to see Evan Almighty last night, and I must say, it was a rather enjoyable film. And so was the preview for Order of the Phoenix that ran before it… Although the movie clearly reads as a spinoff of Bruce Almighty, I think that it also stands on its own. The basic premise […]


I woke up grumpy this morning, mean as a snake sizzling across hot pavement. Sometimes it happens. I’m not really sure why. It’s not just waking up on the wrong side of the bed, it’s waking up on the wrong side of life. I’ve been feeling a bit grumpy all week, actually, for a variety […]

Sights of Fort Bragg

Wandering Fort Bragg to pay my PG&E bill yesterday, I saw all sorts of neat things. I mean, I didn’t really wander to pay the bill, I know where the PG&E customer service center is, and it was a fairly straight shot. But it was such a nice sunny day that I ambled in the […]

30 Days

Exactly one month from now, I will be done with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, having snagged it at midnight from a local independent bookstore* and stayed up reading until I was done. I am both excited and sort of sad. I first met Harry Potter in 2000, when I was traveling in Ireland […]