Dec 212016

My older son got his learner’s permit today.

I remember very well him crinkling his nose at me and crying as I set him on the heated table to be examined when he was about two minutes old, and this was just a couple of years ago, so I think there must be some mistake.


My dad was my primary instructor. There were good things he did that I’m going to pass along intact. There are other things I’m going to spend a lot more time on, like the running narrative when you’re driving. Your thoughts come quickly behind the wheel, and if you give voice to every single one of them, you might be surprised how many there are. I’ve done that with Nathan a time or two, and he’s eventually going to practice doing it with me as a passenger.

One opportunity Nate won’t get immediately is learning to drive a standard, because I don’t have one to offer him. The first vehicle with a manual transmission that I ever drove was a ’71 Corvette 4-speed with a racing clutch, in the parking lot of the Anniston Bible Church. Naturally, it was a lot easier to stomp it out of the hole than it was to ease it gingerly up to speed. (The latter was very nearly impossible.) I asked Dad why I was learning on such a hard car, and he said “because if you can drive this you can drive anything else you’ll encounter.” Indeed.

But, good enough. There is plenty to work on without rowing gears. We’re going to start out operating at about two-thirds real world pace. And as long as there is consistent evidence that he is listening, I will be patient and understanding, just as my dad was.

Thoughts and prayers.

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Dec 162016

Look, I get it. It’s displeasing and disturbing, all the way around, but it’s reality. Some substantial number of Americans decided to put a narcissistic jackass with a questionable past and minimal experience in the White House.

But his eight years are nearly up, and the republic has survived.

Have a good weekend.

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Nov 222016

Dudes and dolls, I always feel a little sheepish when I come back to you after an unexplained, longer-than-customary absence. “Now baby, listen, it’s not like that…” I hear myself saying in my head as you accuse me of burning my discursive oil elsewhere. (Or “dipping my nib”? Too provocative?) We’ve actually been pretty busy. We […]

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Nov 182016

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Congressman Mike Pompeo as Director of the CIA. That’s a longtime immigration hardliner to deal with the illegal alien problem, and a Tea Party pragmatist to gather intelligence on radical Islamic terrorism. These are not the picks of a president preparing to capitulate. It […]

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