There are things you don’t want to feel while driving. Your car, moving 60 miles an hour, shoved about three feet to the left is one of those things. The commute home wasn’t bad. At least in the Baltimore-York corridor, the Great Bomb Cyclone Blizzard of 2018 was a lot of sound and fury, signifying … Continue reading The Great Bomb Cyclone of 2018
With 2016 drawing to a close and 2017 about to begin, I decided to take a look back at 2016 and spotlight the best (or most significant) blog post of each month. Some months — July, quite notably — were more difficult that others; there were a few months, like March and August, where I … Continue reading On the Year that Was
I am a super-genius! I’ve had a dashboard flower in my Beetles since 2005. In the first one, I didn’t have the official Volkswagen vase, so I ran the stem through the hole, hooked it inside the mount for the vase, then stabilized it with little plastic shopper cards. The new Beetle came with the … Continue reading A Flower for the Beetle
I am sore. Muscles ache that I didn’t know I had. Yesterday afternoon I swapped the wheels from the old Beetle to the new. The old Beetle had new tires, the new Beetle had old. And, let’s be frank — on a purely aesthetic level, I liked the rims on the old Beetle far more … Continue reading Wrestle Beetles… and Win!
Note: This isn’t really a blog post, at least not in the way that I conceive of blog posts. During my train commute, many mornings I will write. Sometimes, it’s writing for work. Sometimes, it’s drabbles or other fiction. And sometimes, it’s just whatever happens to be on my mind. I’ve decided to present some … Continue reading On the Beetle, in Snow
Add this to the list of things I would have been perfectly content to have never experienced in my life—a tire blowing out on the Baltimore Beltway at seventy miles per hour. It was about 8:30. I was a little past the I-795 merge when I noticed several things. One, the Beetle was rattling. Two, … Continue reading On Blowouts
It occurs to me that I’ve written nothing here about my recent vacation. Every summer I attend Shore Leave, a science-fiction convention held a little north of Baltimore, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. There’s a sort-of-matching winter convention, held in the same location, called Farpoint, and though I’ve attended Shore Leave regularly the last few years … Continue reading On the Road