Winter blahs

It’s the beginning of Winter here in the Bay Area, and, while the start of this god-awful season is not as significant an event as, say, the beginning of Winter in Northern Wisconsin, it’s still the beginning of a distinct period of time with colder weather, dead leaves, grey skies, and a general feeling of […]


Best Films of 2018 (That I actually saw)

I see a lot of movies.  I think, among the middle aged Dads who are my immediate peers, I probably see way more movies than any of them.  Probably 2 or 3 a week, at least.  (If you’re in my demographic and actually beating that number, please let me know; I’ll tip my hat to […]

Random pre-holiday thoughts

I don’t have a specific topic for this post, but thought I’d synopsize some of the mental health adjacent thoughts I’m been batting around this week. Is this depression?  My general feeling about my mental health is that the main identifiable conditions I’ve got are “Pure O” OCD, social anxiety, and “maladaptive daydreaming,” (if MD […]

Bad Habits & Self-Flaggelations

Earlier I signed a “contract” with myself that I was going to write two blog entries a week through the end of January.  I’ve already failed to keep up even that modest pace.  The fact that this is already an issue and I’m not even halfway through the 3-month period I designated for blogging (and […]

Mueller-time is unlikely to change anything

I wrote this using bullet points.   I have my reasons. 1. I think the problem with the Mueller investigation is that people assume it’s going to reveal some totally bizarre/insane/criminal Trump campaign activity that is so egregious that it’ll blow everyone’s mind and a consensus will instantly form around impeachment in the broader public. […]

Broken my vow

I forgot to write a second post last week, even though I was supposed to keep up a pace of two posts per week.  I’m going to blame this one on Thanksgiving, and having to spend many days entertaining family members and dealing with the cold I got last Sunday, which is still lingering in […]

The air is fucking poisoned

Northern California has horrendous fires burning, and, as of tonight, we’re told that 1,000 people are missing and at least 600 are dead.  This is awful, and my heart goes out to everyone who lost a loved one or lost a home.  It’s hard to even imagine that level of personal devastation and horror. The […]

Driven to Distraction

Among the things I’m anxious about in the world today, the prospect of technology advancing beyond our ability to control it ranks pretty high.  I guess there’s an argument to be made that “technology,” broadly defined, has already done irreparable damage to the planet, and that the present is just as worthy of our anxiety […]