Breakfast. Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, Broad Street, Richmond. Strawberry pancakes. Yeah, this is what it’s all about.
Ten years ago today, an adventure (of sorts) began. My grandmother and I took a trip from Baltimore to Raleigh. I’ve never really spoken about that trip as I’ve found it an uncomfortable — and somewhat painful — subject. My grandmother, as some know, suffered from dementia in her final years. At the time of … Continue reading Looking Back Ten Years
There’s a reason the Richmond Times-Dispatch is referred to lovingly as the “Times-Disgrace.” And it’s on full display here. As reported by Think Progress, after parroting Romney’s talking points on welfare, the Times-Disgrace is cited in Romney’s latest ad on welfare, only now the Times-Disgrace doesn’t stand behind their earlier parroting of Romney’s talking points … Continue reading On the Enablement of Mitt Romney’s Mendacity
I love pancakes. I also love waffles. But I especially love pancakes. I don’t know why I love pancakes so. I could eat them, easily, every morning for breakfast. I don’t, but I know I could. I don’t like pastries in the morning. I tolerate oatmeal. But pancakes. Yeah, pancakes. I’ve mentioned this a time … Continue reading On How I Like My Pancakes
Richmond has named their AA baseball team. The Richmond Flying Squirrels. Maybe they’re hoping to license Rocket J. Squirrel — better known as Rocky from Bullwinkle — to be the team’s mascot? Stranger things have happened.
With the playoffs beginning today, I wanted to muse on things baseball-related. First, why does a team advance to the playoffs as a wild card when there’s a tie for division champion? I’m not trying to exclude Boston from the playoffs, but it’s a fair question. Boston didn’t win their division. The Tigers and the … Continue reading On End-of-Season Baseball Musings
Richmond is getting a minor league baseball team. The Defenders of Norwich, Connecticut are moving south, to play ball in Richmond. Once home to the Richmond Braves, Atlanta’s AAA franchise, the Diamond will now host the AA franchise of the San Francisco Giants. The team is looking for a new name, and the Richmond Times-Disgrace … Continue reading On Richmond’s New Baseball Team
Back in college I wrote an editorial for the campus newspaper entitled “I Want To Be a Soccer Hooligan.” The University of Richmond had at the time (and may well still have) a very good women’s soccer team. Only, no one knew because no one attended the games. One afternoon, with nothing else to do, … Continue reading On Green Street Hooligans
Last night Carbon Leaf played a free concert in downtown Raleigh as part of 96 Rock’s FreeFest. When I was a student at the University of Richmond Carbon Leaf would play the Cellar, the campus bar, about once a month. The Cellar was little more than a hole in the wall — very tiny venue … Continue reading On Carbon Leaf
If I don’t have Guinness in the refrigerator, I probably have something by Sam Adams. Maybe the Boston Lager. Maybe the Boston Ale, which I prefer to the Lager. More often that not, it’s the Cream Stout, though I’ve been known to have one of their seasonal varieties around. The Summer Ale isn’t far around … Continue reading On Sam Adams' Brewmaster Collection
Sleep makes me feel better. The trip yesterday didn’t go quite as planned, but it was, in general, a good trip. We left Raleigh at ten, as planned, but my grandmother didn’t want to go back to Rocky Mount and the hospital to see her sister, so I didn’t force the issue. It was a … Continue reading Emergency Road Trip IV
Yesteday I made an emergency trip to Baltimore. Saturday morning my mother called me at work. “What does your Sunday schedule look like?” she wanted to know. Her aunt–my grandmother’s ninety year-old sister–was in the hospital in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She had fallen a few days earlier and broken her hip. Someone needed to … Continue reading Emergency Road Trip