Bad Times

Has there ever been a less anticipated 4th of July? The last 7-8 years, sans a few days in November 2020, have been such a bleak, soulless, and numb time to be an American. It seems like all that ever happens anymore is an inevitable countdown to some horrid grand finale. Anticipated timeline: ✓ SCOTUS…

The 2021 Walt Disney World visit.

Our 2021 Walt Disney World trip was a success.  It was my first trip since 2014, and my wife’s first since 2008 or so.  We went into it with some trepidation, as there were concerns about both being exposed to COVID-19 and that the virus would diminish the quality of the park experience.  In my…

Tastes & Samples: Neither Free

About this time ten years ago, I stood around a computer monitor with the other members of my then-band, looking at potential houses in the Los Angeles, CA area.  We were all drunk with confidence about our band’s future, knew that we were sure to make it, be huge, sign a deal, and tour in…

AFI Top 100: Review & Thoughts of 90-81

Let’s continue on down the list of my AFI Top 100 countdown. 90.  SWING TIME (1936):  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delight in what is generally a forgettable bit of novel and overwrought cinematic ham that gets counterbalanced by charming exhibitions of remarkable dancing and singing ability.  In the era of the 1930s, movies were…

For Those Who Hurt Today

A lot of people are, even now late into November 9th, still adjusting to the culture shock of what occurred in last night’s election.  So many hearts were broken when Donald Trump roared ahead early and, apart from a short span of time trailing after Hillary won California, he stayed in the lead.  The people…

Tabletop games, in brief.

I own about … I don’t know, something like 40 board games.  Is that a lot? I’m speculating that most of you could scour your closets or dig below a coffee table and find a game or two, but generally speaking tabletop gaming has probably stirred your interests momentarily enough to inspire you to acquire…