Archives for August 2008

The Least Interesting Blog Post Ever

Just a quick note to my dedicated eight readers to let them know that as of late my Posting Mojo has been seriously compromised by the fact that, as it turns out, AT&T, my Internet Service Provider, has moved on, relative to networking hardware, past the modem they sent me when I first signed up [Read More…]

Appliance Porn and My Ghetto Laundromat

(This post is pertinent to yesterday’s Our Living Room: Why Pottery Barn’s Profits Will Be Up This Quarter.) Yesterday I was gratified to discover that a surprising number of my readers have fostered a distinct interest in my new home. Right on, sisters (and the occasional brother)! Up With Domesticity! Power to the plumber’s helper! Yes, we are able / [Read More…]

A Pink Wall? “God Is Outraged!”

This is what you see in our new home when you walk up the stairs from our living room. You can’t tell because the image is flattened, but if you turned right (instead of walking into the pink wall), you’d then begin up the second set of stairs leading to the second floor. We wanted the [Read More…]

Leader of the Pack

Yesterday a reader named Judy was kind enough to comment (in response to my post, A Working Class Zero, about having just moved to our new home) “Home at last. Good on you, John! [How exotic!] How much more unpacking do you have to do?” Well, Judy, here’s a photo of my new office, taken seconds ago:   [Read More…]

A Working Class Zero

Hello, reader! Unfortunately for you, the Interesting Quotient of this post drops precipitously from there. But I did want to take a moment before I spend 45 minutes rummaging around in boxes for socks and a pair of pants that over the weekend my wife Cat and I successfully moved into our new townhouse. It [Read More…]

Does the Holy Spirit Vote Republican?

This morning I received an email from a “born-again” reader who chastised me for being a liberal. “Why are you still politically liberal since becoming a born again Christian?” he wrote. “I was once liberal. But when I was born again, I believe the Holy Spirit changed many of my views to those that I [Read More…]

Welcome to the 1968 Democratic National Convention!

The letter below fell out of a book I was flipping through at a thrift store. Dated August 26, 1968, it’s from the Chairman of the Chicago Host Committee for the 1968 Democratic National Convention, welcoming delegates to that convention. If you’re old enough to remember the shocking violence of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, this [Read More…]

Top 5 Challenges of the Newly Married

The post you are looking for is included in HA!, a full-sized collection of five years worth of my best humor. If you are a Kindle owner and a member of Amazon Prime, you can borrow HA! for free, with no due dates. (If you don’t own a Kindle, here’s where to get one. To [Read More…]

God Says: People Are Good

It’s 5:30 a.m. Here are some Random Thoughts zipping around the fringes of the muddled abyss that Little Sleep and Crucial Details have made of my once not-all-the-clear-anyway mind. I have to drop off my car for servicing at 7:45 this a.m. I will then go spend the day sorting through the mountain of books donated [Read More…]

We Get Our New Home Today: I’m A Basket-Case

On Friday my wife Cat and I went The Escrow Office, and while a notary watched and directed us signed a trillion papers attesting to the fact that we really and truly wanted our new townhouse; that we could pay for it; that we would pay for it; that it was insured; that we wouldn’t sue anyone if [Read More…]