The Holiday Season

Well folks, we did it. The Fall season, as it so often does in Illinois, has come and gone with the blink of an eye. Autumn is still here, technically, but Old Man Winter is blearily stirring from a long slumber, and the typical November snows have dusted many a doorstep in these parts. Thanksgiving…

Tying knots, raising cups, deep breaths

Autumn is here, finally, and while we’re on the fast road out of October and into November, I’ve been trying to relish every opportunity to enjoy the crisp Fall air, smells, and sights. We’ve gotten teased with some extremely cold weather, which was contrasted strangely against a trip out to Arizona to see my sister…

Summer Updates & Red Dead Revisited

During peak pandemic times, I played and eventually wrote about my experience with both Red Dead Redemption and its prequel Red Dead Redemption II.  I wanted to follow up a couple years later, now that I’ve played through RDR2 again, and expand my thoughts on the experience. Once again, if you’re looking to avoid spoilers…

The New American Way

I could point out all the numbers, but it wouldn’t make a difference. I can wax poetic about how wrong it is for people to do this to one another, but it won’t make a difference. We could pile up all the dead children and young people in front of the homes of every politician…

Basically a Blog Post

One of my not-so-secret passions is logos and graphic design, namely of the sports variety. Many years ago now, probably 2005 or so, I joined an online message board that had a whole community of enthusiasts who shared a similar zeal for this fairly niche topic. After several years of mingling, I inquired around to…

Recalling Journalism

After a couple years of doing some radio broadcasting stuff at Lakeland Community College, I decided, in my infinite wisdom, to switch gears when I transferred to Eastern Illinois University, focusing instead on Journalism. Within weeks I learned a few things very quickly: Writing for a publication or newspaper is, by design, relatively barren of…

January Nothings

Heya folks. Bullet-style thoughts for this “It’s been awhile, let’s catch up” post. I apologize in advance for the wooden nature of this entry, as I’m only a cup of coffee deep on a freezing, dull Thursday. NFTs and the modern art trade surrounding them is all glorified money laundering. If you’re wondering why something…

The 5 Christmas Love Languages

So it’s that time of year again, the one where I get needlessly stressed out while also battling tidal waves of joy and nostalgia. Do all adults feel this way? If you’re like me, that is to say a childless hyperemotional 30-something, perhaps this is just my lot when it comes to the Christmas season….

Greetings From October

Probably a good time to check in. Disney World 2021 back in September was a blast. I had a lot more written up about the experience but the moment to post about it has passed, plus it’s nothing you haven’t read about a trip to Disney World before. The primary takeaways are the experiences shared…

Scoops

I’m now the proud owner of a workbench and have finally organized my odd variety of tools and gadgets that for the longest time resided scattershot in my garage. The pegboard is laden with what to my untrained eyes appear to be useful things, some of which I’ve actually put to use in the last…

Face Forward

The wife and I were at a Jersey Mike’s down in Tennessee when the alert came across that the CDC declared fully vaccinated people could remove their masks. It was more or less echoed by President Biden and Dr. Fauci, with some caveats. I showed my in-laws the tweets before timidly pulling my mask off…