the adventures of an incurable optimist

Month November 2007

Phoning it in, part 2

Well, here I sit in terminal 1 of Heathrow airport, which bears a striking similarity in general atmosphere to pre-renovation Midway, except there are a lot more people wandering around with pints in their fists. Also, in my brief acquaintance… Continue Reading →

Phoning it in, part 1

Well, folks, it’s time to hit the road. I’ll be leaving work shortly, and thence off to Ireland for a week. I’ll try and finish out NaBloPoMo tomorrow if it can be managed (hence the part one in the title… Continue Reading →

Pack It Up, Pack It In

Let me begin … Earlier this week I cooked up a bunch of red sauce with the idea that it would make tasty dinners every night … but I still have to eat tomorrow, and I am really really hungry… Continue Reading →


Yes, I’m out of ideas, mainly because the only thing I can think about right now are the twelve papers that must be graded tonight… and all the other things I would prefer to do. It may come as a… Continue Reading →

Time flies…

Being that it’s nearly December, you might expect – given the title of this post – a thoughtful rumination on another year, slowly marching to a close; perhaps, since it’s Monday, a newsy blurb about a busy day at work… Continue Reading →

Tis the Season

One month til Christmas, folks. Hard to believe, really … But, anyway, as far as I am concerned, the Christmas season begins the day after Thanksgiving, or a month before, whichever suits. You might ask, what does that mean for… Continue Reading →

Chicago, city by the lake

I was flying into Chicago at nightWatching the lake turn the sky into blue-green smokeThe sun was setting to the left of the planeAnd the cabin was filled with an unearthly glowIn 27-D I was behind the wing, watching landscape… Continue Reading →

Friday Night Lights

I had planned to come home today, but here I sit, still in Indiana. I hadn’t packed the car yet, there was some running around and shopping to do yet today, and I also wanted to hang around to be… Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks, For Reals

As promised, I continue my long weekend of thankfulness, today For Reals. There is so much to be thankful for – I think I might actually make this a weekly feature, just to keep myself in the right frame of… Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown

I’ll post more later, but how about A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, eh? In three parts, from YouTube Part 1 (about nine minutes)[youtube]

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