The State of New York ended it’s Covid mask mandate for private businesses (again) today. It felt good walking into a store unmasked for the first time in weeks. We’ll see how long this lasts. I guess that means that banks can take down their “mask required” signs, which seem to contradict their “please don’t wear a bank robber disguise” signs. I took the photo at the top of this post at a local bank last week. You have to find a laugh where you can, I guess.

Happy Friday (the 13th)

It’s that time again. I figured I should take the day off, just to be safe. 🙂

Actually, I’m not really superstitious. I just needed a day off for some reason. Maybe it’s because I’m exhausted. Or because I have time off to use up. Or I’m just plain sick of my job. Truth be told, it’s all of the above.

By the way, I saw that movie, Friday the 13th, Part III, on the big screen in 1982. It was in 3-D. It was a pretty standard slasher movie, not great but watchable. The 3-D effects weren’t too bad. Maybe I’ll see another 3-D movie someday. If I ever go back to a theater again.

Ten Years Gone

WordPress informs me that today is the tenth anniversary of my registering this site. I had been blogging at a Blogspot site for almost seven years before that. I switched to WordPress after encountering some complications with the old platform.

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my seventeenth year of doing this blogging thing. Of course a case could be made that I’m barely blogging these days. I guess I’m not sure in what direction to take this blog. I’ll continue to do the Friday Movie Quote posts for sure. I’ll have to give some thought to what else I’m going to do here. I don’t want to shut things down, I’m sure about that. I guess the first thing I need to do is find my motivation. I know I left it around here somewhere. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s an appropriate song to mark the occasion, Led Zeppelin performing “Ten Years Gone,” from the Physical Graffiti album. This performance was recorded in 1979, shortly before the death of drummer John Bonham.

Vaccine Passport Sandwich (to go)

I stopped in to pick up lunch at Mr. Subb today – I got a roast beef sub with Swiss cheese and Russian, if you’re curious – when I saw this sign. I’ve seen things like this on TV, but this is the first time I’ve seen a sign like this in person. I saw about four customers there. All were wearing masks. Were they all unvaccinated, or do they just lack faith in the vaccine’s efficacy? Or was it just a virtue signal? I thought about asking someone, but it’s such a touchy subject. No sense ruining my lunch with an argument, but it does make me wonder.

It’s been one of those weeks

You ever have one of those weeks where it feels like the world is just piling on? I’m at the tail end of one of those right now. TGIF. This wild fight scene in The Raid: Redemption pretty much sums up the way I’ve felt this week.

You’re just about done knocking away one threat, and another one comes flying at you. The work day can’t end soon enough.

On a brighter note, I’m having chili for lunch today. With Fritos! Hard to beat that.

Friday Movie Quote will be up later this afternoon. I have a good one lined up for today; it’s an 80s cult classic that I only saw for the fist time a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I have to get through the morning grind.

baby, you can drive my car

Dog, Dogue De Bordeaux, Pet, Car, Driving, Steering
File photo. Not my car. Or my dog. 

I was on the road this afternoon – because I was just too dumb to stay in my warm(ish) office, rather than going out in the sub-freezing weather – it occurred to me that today was the anniversary of an important event in my life. On December 19, 1979, I took and passed the written test for a NY State driving learner’s permit.

Now, Learner’s Permit Day isn’t a formal holiday. Hell, it’s not even an informal holiday. And neither is Road Test Day. For me, that would be August 20, 1980, in case you were curious.  🙂  The important thing here is that my driver’s license is literally middle aged. As if I needed another reason to feel old…

RIP, Bob G.

Bob Gaul

If you’re one of my regular readers – assuming that I have any regular readers anymore – you’re probably familiar with Bob G. Bob, who lived in Fort Wayne, IN, was probably my most dedicated reader, and was definitely the most frequent commenter (2106 comments since 2010, according to my WP admin panel).

I hadn’t heard from Bob in a few weeks. I went to his blog and saw that he hadn’t posted in three weeks. Bob was a pretty consistent blogger, posting five days a week. Three weeks without posting was really unusual for him. To add to my worries, his most recent post mentioned that he wasn’t feeling well.

I started scanning the blogs in his blogroll for any news. I ran across this post by a blogger who lives in Fort Wayne. My worst fears were confirmed; Bob passed away last weekend.

I never met Bob in person, but I thought of him as a friend. It’s weird, this modern world we live in. But it’s kind of cool too. Friendships don’t have to be limited by geography. You can maintain friendships over great distances and even make new friends.

I’m going to miss Bob. His sense of humor always lifted my spirits. But I’m grateful for having known him, even if we only interacted online. RIP, Bob. Thanks for helping to make my world a little bit better.

rifftrax live – santa claus


A week from this Thursday — that’s December 4th, for the calendar-challenged — it’ll be time for another Rifftrax Live event. This time they’ll be riffing on that 1959 holiday classic, Santa Claus. This will be my sixth Rifftrax event. I just love these things. If you’re looking for a break from the hectic holiday shopping thing, you ought to consider going. Everyone should be out of their Thanksgiving turkey-comas by then.