Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

personal

mar
06
2009

harpers ferry

For Valentine’s Day last month, Rob and I reserved a Mini Cooper for the day through Zipcar and hit the road. The Mini Cooper was a lot of fun to drive on this trip — almost too fun, as it …

jan
25
2009

photo of the day: back to the beach

Cold days like today (24°F right now, or 14° with the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service) make me pine a bit for warmer days. Above: a scene from Cape Henlopen State Park, Del., on a warm September …

jan
20
2009

inauguration command center

I don't have a television at my desk, but so many news sources stream video, the lack of a TV didn't really matter today.

jan
11
2009

an update on the zipcar experiment

A couple weeks ago I wrote about having sold the car and gone with Zipcar instead when needed. Here are a few observations from the first month of this “car-lite” lifestyle: It’s harder to be spontaneous. Because we have to …

dec
29
2008

going car-lite

The past two months have been crazy-busy and have brought some big changes. One of the bigger ones: Last week, I sold my car. The decision to sell the car came out of practical necessity: The total cost of needed …

jul
07
2008

fisher towers

(In which we resume the recap of last month’s vacation to Colorado and Utah…) After our morning hike through part of the Devil’s Garden Trail at Arches National Park, we decided to take the scenic route back to Denver. Utah …

jun
03
2008

race for the cure 2008

This Saturday, Rob and I are participating in the National Race for the Cure in downtown D.C. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research and support programs. If you care to donate: My Donation Page | Rob’s Donation Page | Post Newspaper …

apr
30
2008

year two

Rob and I celebrated our second anniversary last night. Last year, we marked the occasion with a weekend in Virginia Beach. This anniversary was a much more low-key affair, featuring dinner at a sushi restaurant in Bethesda and a brief …

feb
20
2008

playing hooky

This past Friday, I had the day off, and I intended to make the most of it. I treat days off during the work week a bit differently than a holiday or weekend. They’re rare, special — sacred, even. Certainly, …

feb
08
2008

the power of panic

I can really identify with how Dave Shea describes what motivates him: But nothing motivates me better than last minute panic. When things absolutely, positively must get done, they do. I’m able to juggle a scary number of things at …

jan
24
2008

don't shop when you're hungry, no no no

During my brief tenure in Okinawa (1988-89), the only English-language TV station was run by the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). The television shows were typically a season or two behind the U.S., and in lieu of ads, …

dec
29
2007

photo of the day: frisbee toss

The weather was gorgeous on Christmas Eve in Tucson: sunny and warm (but not too warm). That afternoon, Rob, Ross, Ashley and I took advantage of the lovely weather and headed out to the high school to toss around a …

dec
16
2007

coat quandary

My five-year-old winter coat is showing its age: The lining is gradually shredding, and it may be more trouble than it’s worth to try to have it repaired. Eying the current holiday sales and promotional offers, I’m pondering possible replacements. …

dec
04
2007

not my kind of technology

I consider myself fairly savvy when it comes to dealing with technology — at least, computer technology. But put me in front of a jammed copier, a fax machine or a fancy coffeemaker in need of emptying (today’s challenge), and …

dec
02
2007

empty your pockets

The temperature has turned decidedly colder here of late, which has necessitated bringing my winter coat out of hibernation. One cool thing about reviving the the winter coat is that inevitably I find stuff in the pockets from the previous …

nov
27
2007

one hundred thousand

My happy little Saturn SL2 hit its milestone 100,000th mile last month. I’d hoped that we’d hit the mark on our trip to St. Mary’s, Md., but, alas, we arrived home just a few miles shy of 100,000. I wanted …

nov
02
2007

los dias de los muertos

Today marks the last day of the three-day Day of the Dead holiday. There’s so much I love about this holiday: the playful-yet-respectful attitude towards death, the brightly-colored festivities, the beautiful artwork. A few years ago I helped design an …

oct
26
2007

class of 1997

I flew back to Tucson earlier this month for my ten-year high school reunion. It was hard hard not to approach the whole thing with a certain degree of ambivalence. (Plus, I’ve seen Grosse Pointe Blank. Many times.) What is …

oct
25
2007

pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Upgrading the blog to Movable Type 4.0 this evening. There may be some strange behavior with search, archive pages, commenting, etc., while I figure this out. Upgrade installed. Now it’s time to tinker. It’s going to be a bit of …

oct
11
2007

light the night 2007

Rob and I are walking in the Light the Night 5K on Saturday in downtown Washington, D.C.(It’s in the evening, so there’s little chance of oversleeping this one!) Last year’s walk was really cool — everyone got lighted balloons …