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.

moving through some changes

If you’re one of my regular readers, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been slacking here lately. Well, this week I have a really good excuse. Tuesday night, my daughter gave birth to a baby girl. Her name is Gabriella. She weighed in at 6 pounds 13 ounces. Between getting the house ready for her arrival (I put together a stroller last night, which is something I haven’t done in a couple DECADES) and visiting the hospital (my daughter couldn’t pick one of the two hospitals that’s less than 15 minutes from home), I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

I usually don’t post pictures of family members on the blog, but in this case, I’ll make an exception.


Programming note: The Friday Movie Quote post will be up at ten o’clock.

snowpocalypse, part… whatever

It’s snowing here in Upstate NY. Again. It started this morning, and should continue through sometime tomorrow afternoon. This storm is part of a massive weather front that covers multiple states (I count at least 14). Weather forecasters have actually given up trying to predict what the total is going to be. But I’m willing to make a prediction: a whole shitload. How’s that for precision meteorology?

American novelist Charles Dudley Warner once said: “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Well, I’m ready to do something about it. All I need now is instructions on how to build a weather machine.

oh snow, not again!


So we’re getting dumped on again. It started just after midnight and is supposed to run all day. I’ve accumulated a crapload of vacation days, so I decided to just take the day off. If there’s anything I hate, it’s coming home after a hard day’s work and having to shovel my driveway for a couple hours. This way, I’ll be able to chip away at it all day. Maybe my wife will actually have a place to park when she gets home from work. They were predicting 8-12 inches total. I’m hoping we’ll be closer to the low end of that than the high end. They were also predicting that the snow would be wet and heavy. So far, it’s been of the light and fluffy variety. It’d be better for my back if it stays that way.

happy new year


Happy New Year, everybody. My New Year’s Eve was pretty low key. I spent the evening at home, watching a movie and surfing the internet. Exciting, right? I haven’t really made any concrete resolutions for the new year. I do intend to put more effort into writing. Last year I managed to finish my first novel, write a novella, write a 9k word short story and finish a short story I’d started years earlier, so I’m hoping to be on the right track here.

On the non-writing front, 2013 was a pretty crappy year for me. In fact, the last four years have really sucked. I’m really hoping for some improvement this year. I know that things could always be worse. But things also have the potential to get better, and I’m really ready for some better right about now.

I hope you all have a great day and a great 2014. And if I haven’t said it before, I’d just like you to know that I appreciate all of you who visit my blog, “like” my posts, and leave comments. It’s good to know someone out there is reading my drivel.  😀

Photo: New Year’s Eve 2006, Sidney, Australia. Photo taken by Rob Chandler.

the big 5-0

The Desert Eagle .50 — accept no substitute.

Today’s the day I hit the big half-century mark. I have no real plans for the day, other than a follow-up with the retina specialist. I took the day off, but only because I have to use up vacation time before the end of the year (Christmas is going to fall on a six day weekend this year). I’m probably going to just spend the day watching TV, reading, and surfing the net.

Since today is brought to you by the numbers 5 and 0, I thought I’d post a clip of my favorite movie dialog involving those two digits. WARNING: NSFW for language.

programming note

Due to my computer deciding to crap the bed yesterday, posting may be light over the next few days, depending on when I can get access to the wife’s machine. For some reason, she seems to think that completing reports for work is more important than my blogging. Insane, right?

In the meantime, I’ll be forced to do three things I really hate:

1. Shop for a new laptop.

2. Spend money,

3. Deal with Windows 8. We bought a new computer for my youngest to take with her to college, and it has Windows 8. The one thing I learned from this experience is that I really, REALLY hate Windows 8. Really.