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A few months ago I shared this story: (In 2017) I met a well-educated middle-aged couple at a sushi bar. We had a good conversation. As they got up to leave the wife let it drop that they had retired early and had been careful with their money, but with the election of Donald Trump […]

Keeping up appearances

Rod Dreher has been predicting that there will be some sort of anti-Christian backlash after the Coronavirus because 1) some Christians voted Trump and 2) sooner or later Trump is going to kill us all with his incompetence. To prove the point he’s quoted a NYT opinion piece that blamed churches that refused to shut […]

On Beards

Twenty years ago as a recent high-school grad going through a grunge phase I grew a beard and long hair. I think, for reasons which are incomprehensible to me now, I wanted to look like Jeff Bridges circa 1976. One day I got my hair caught on the rollers of a scrubbing machine in the […]

Don’t make me vote for Trump!

I’m teetering on the edge. The last thing I want to do in 2020 is vote for Trump, a man I despise. Don’t make me do it out of spite, that isn’t my style. But an asshole cuck wrote this: Opinion: "This is our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11. In the past, we have risen to […]

Fitness Friday!

Welcome to Fitness Friday, where I motivate myself to stay in shape by putting embarrassing failures on the internet. To cut back on calories I ended up both cutting out salad dressing and replacing breakfast with a mid-morning snack. I’ve stopped getting fatter and am maybe moving in the opposite direction, another week will tell. […]

Fitness Friday

Welcome to Fitness Friday, where I use myself as a guinea pig to test all sorts of fitness gimmicks. My goal is to have the body of a Greek god but of course if I achieved that I would not have anything to blog about. I do lots of counting and measuring and try to […]

Fitness Friday Returns!

Last year on another blog I did a weekly “Fitness Friday” post to motivate myself to stick to a diet. It worked out pretty well, I lost 40lbs between March and October. Not only that, it was a neat experiment. I had charts and graphs and everything. Well, during the holidays and the move to […]

Why do these people all sound alike?

I have scrupulously avoided arguing with biblical literalists (or fundies, short for fundamentalists) for 25 years, not because I don’t enjoy arguing (I enjoy it too much) but because the form of argument is so irritating. Whatever Martin Luther meant by Sola Scriptura he surely did not intend the various stupefying shit-shows you can find on […]

Taking a Break

I’ve had this blog since 2011. My, how time flies. I’m going to give it a rest for a month or so. Maybe I’ll pick it up again, maybe not. At the beginning I had a lot of unfinished thoughts that needed expressing, lots of books I’d read that needed digesting, but as time went […]

Some things that need to be said.

I have perhaps told the story here before of the Fullbright professor who got the unenviable task of teaching my American lit class in the third year of college. My degree being languages, and the curriculum being more rigid than at any American college, (i.e. we all took the same classes and I rubbed elbows […] […]