Brief Thoughts, June/July 2020

Finding the enthusiasm to write a new entry has been pretty difficult. With putting most of my energy toward my little (and expanded!) family, nursing a healing arm (oh yeah, I broke my elbow), and tolerating the overall bleakness that has lingered over 2020 like a damp cloud, I don’t have much vigor to spout…

Thoughts on Red Dead Redemption II

Ten years ago or so, I was living with some of the dudes in my punk rock band in a house where the rainwater collected in pots and pans, the basement was full of beer and energy drinks, and a few birds nested in my bedroom windows. It was a wonderful time to make music,…

I get it – I don’t get it.

There’s nothing more I can add to the conversations that the county is currently having (again) about how we’ve got a toxic police culture, can’t graduate our society out of the entrenched racism we were built upon, and now yet another series of American generations is left to hope enough of our country’s men and…

The Old Ball Game

My love for baseball video games dates back to circa 1998-9 or so; I don’t really remember exactly when. I was beginning to get into sports earnestly, conveniently enough when my dad was ramping up his interest in home computer upgrades. Before long our recently refinished basement had an old computer I could do whatever…

Coronanananana

There’s a lot of frustrations when it comes to dealing with the seemingly interminable pandemic that’s hanging over lives. There’s the political kettle which is permanently set to a boil and any issue that even remotely involves Trump forces people to pick sides; there’s the lingering concern as to when the virus will peter out…

Thoughts on Animal Crossings: New Horizons

At the start of every day, I see what news, if any, Tom Nook has for me. Usually it’s nothing. He’ll then close out his morning announcement with some sort of ‘neat’ advice about how to do a menial task a little less menial-ly. I make my way around the island, sloppily laid out with…

Killing Time Blues

As somebody who’s never worked from home before, I can’t say it’s been overly great as I enter week two of the isolation. The best parts are that I can be naked, hang out with my wife in the office all day, and if I need to poop, I get my own personal, comfortable bathroom…

Sports (Bears) Musings: March 2020

Once again, here’s a succint bit of sporty-mind-porridge from my lobe to yours. As we’re all (hopefully) at home during this pandemic, so too are all major sports operations. In other words, there’s basically nothing to discuss when it comes to the Cubs and Blackhawks. There’s a surprising amount of Bears news to bandy about,…

Gloves

I used to really like wearing gloves when I was a kid. Like winter gloves. It was just … a thing I had. A lot of things I really enjoyed wore gloves: Mickey Mouse, Mario, Sonic The Hedgehog, etc. Everybody wore ’em. My favorite WWF wrestlers wore ’em. I was all about it. There’s at…

Stress

When I was maybe 10 years old, I was having a wretched day. School was beginning to take its toll on me, with bad grades piling up and the subsequent negative reactions to my grades at home, I was staring down repeating the 4th grade. I felt like a failure, a disappointment, an embarrassment, and…

We Got A Dog

To tell you the truth, I had never really wanted a dog. I was much more of a cat person, despite growing up with a beagle in my early years. Cats were more independent, didn’t “need” me, per se, and almost every cat I interacted with had a very positive “my space and your space”…

Sports Musings: February 2020

Every now and again I’d like to write a few blurbs on sports, namely of the Chicago variety, so I hope those who read who give less than a microscopic fleck of a damn will not be too off their feed if I dabble. Chicago Bears: Whatever Ryan Pace declares that Mitch is the starter,…