Austin, Part 2

I usually hate graffiti – it’s a scourge.  But sometimes you run across one or two pieces in Austin that are pretty cutting.  This one says it all.

A Sort of Homecoming

My apologies to U2 for the title of this post  but I thought it was à propos in several different ways.  (Not a good week for Bono, apparently; a few days ago, one of the doors of his private jet fell off at 30,000 feet over Europe and yesterday, he was injured in a bicycle accident…

Seasonal Odds and Ends

So it’s the end of October – one of my favourite times of the year.  It’s been gorgeous this weekend – ‘Chamber-of-Commerce Weather’ as they say – cloudless blue skies and cool mornings (which have blossomed into near-record high temperature afternoons). In memory of our recent trip to Germany, we’re having Sauerbraten and Kartoffelklöße for…

Back-Tracking

Currently stopped for 30 minutes in Kristiansund – what a change in the weather – sunny, low 60s, and no wind.  I wish we had more time here as it looks to be a lovely little town. And now back-tracking a little since I seemed to have started this travelogue in mid-trip.  We started out…

Wine… It pairs perfectly with Christmas!

Originally posted on The Wine Wankers:
Merry Christmas everybody! I’ve set this one to auto-publish on the dot of Christmas Sydney time.  I know that some of you may not partake in the joys of Christmas but I do hope that you will all at least get some giggles (or maybe a slight grin or two) out of…

Staving off dotage is not for the faint-of-heart…

So for various reasons, I’ve been concerned about potentially declining memory and mental faculties.  To that end, I got a subscription to Lumosity for my birthday in June.  Lumosity is a website that has computer games that are designed to increase memory and mental acuity.  You ‘train’ everyday on five different exercises.  It calculates a…

An Old Toilet Seat

So, this was our week for the quarterly bulk trash collection.  Those things are always fascinating for various reasons.  First off, I’ve never understood why the City of Austin tries to keep them so secret, e.g. not publishing them on the city’s website somewhere.  I think I remember reading one time that they were trying…

Another Great Comic Find

So yeah, I know humor is very subjective, but thanks to a recent Pearls Before Swine comic, I stumbled onto Cyanide & Happiness.  I think it’s HYlerious and this one had me hooked. This one’s timely, too…

See you in the funny papers…

So… I take the New York Times for the news and the Austin-American Statesman for the comics.  I just love the funny papers – it’s the first thing I read when I get home from work, sitting on the deck with a glass of wine or three. This one, from today’s “Over the Hedge,” speaks…