Category: Culture

As President of the United States, I should be able to drink any beer I want

Trigger warning to lefties: I am NOT the president. This is a recap of the dream I had last night.  Keep calm.  You can leave your safe space. In my dream (nightmare?): I am newly elected as POTUS,  though I don’t recall even campaigning, and am sitting around a table at a pub with some... Read more »

I think I need to read a BOOK

I think I need to read a BOOK
What is a book anyway? Today, books are compilations of binary numbers housed in slim slabs of electronics or floating around in “clouds” owned by some of the biggest corporations on earth.  I have many of these “books” on my electronic slabs or tucked away in some corner of Jeff Bezo’s increasingly huge cloud. When... Read more »

A Building Frozen in Time

A Building Frozen in Time
Land in any city, including Chicago and its suburbs, and travel up and down its streets, and if you didn’t know what city you were in, you can’t be blamed.  All the buildings look the same, corporate-cloned architecture that is replicated by the thousands so as to be instantly recognizable and instantly forgotten the moment... Read more »
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Have you seen "Trust Jesus" lately?

Have you seen  "Trust Jesus"  lately?
   For years someone spray painted “Trust Jesus” on the overpasses in Chicago and the Midwest.  Who was it?         I-80 is a long and lonely stretch of road, cutting east and west across the United States.  That is where I first encountered my own personal “Trust Jesus”. Every so often it... Read more »

Do you live in a purple house?

Do you live in a purple house?
Some believe the United States is a melting pot — of ideas and religions and cultures. Some believe that the country is irrevocably divided along ideological lines never to come together again. There seems to be less and less common ground nationally, in our respective states and locally.  One can argue endlessly about the differences ... Read more »

The X Files Returns -- stranger than reality?

The X Files Returns -- stranger than reality?
Television FBI Agents,  Mulder and Skully, are back from deep cover for some TV face time in 2018. There hasn’t been a lot of advertising for this 11th season, but you would expect that for a duo that investigates slime from other planets, crypto-animals that have unicorn horns and elephant bodies and who have been... Read more »
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1-900-ANY-LEFT?

1-900-ANY-LEFT?
My fat finger slipped the other day and hit a “9” instead of “8”, and I got the familiar voice telling me the number I stupidly dialed is not in service, hear me stupid? When I looked down at my phone pad I saw that I had dialed “1-900”, which immediately froze me in thought... Read more »

You can still get "liked" on... MySpace.com

You can still get "liked" on... MySpace.com
A few days ago I thought about MySpace.com.  I once had a page there, or whatever MySpace called its account, but that was way back somewhere in the first term of George W. Bush, about 2003 or 2004. I thought MySpace had gone the way of Compuserve chat rooms.  Who knows, maybe they are still... Read more »

Being belted saved my life

Being belted saved my life
There was a time early in my life when I was never belted. Life was free, I was able to jump like an acrobat from front to back seat, and even spent time napping in the rear window above the back seat. The beginning of the end of my freedom came on this day, July... Read more »
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Hamburger Helper is toast. Get yours now.

Better get it while you can. The food that bloated an entire generation is in danger of going the way of the VCR. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s Hamburger Helper was the staple of thousands of avacado-colored kitchens or eaten on a “TV table” in front of the four channels that passed for choice... Read more »