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

RT-SantaClaus

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.

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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!

OhSnowNotAgain

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.