Dec 312018

Whittled down from a list of 16 nominees, and using both your input and my own, here are my 12 favorite posts from 2018, from earliest to latest.

Thank you for coming on the ride with me this year, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2019. See you then.

 Posted by at 11:31 am
Dec 272018

Today I learned that this person died.

He’s been gone a little while. He died a few months ago. I had a Google alert set, but it didn’t work, or went to junk mail, or something.

I mused in that earlier post that I might write a little more about him when he passed, but I’m not really going to. As with nearly anyone, there are innocent people who are hurting as a result of his death, and today there is less room in my world view for the slight possibility that I might cause them additional pain than there was when I wrote the original post in 2012.

I also don’t wish he’s in hell (though part of me still wants to). He was made in God’s image, and is as eligible for God’s forgiveness as anyone else. And God doesn’t check with me on the states of others’ hearts.

I do know that he’ll never say or do anything in this world again. He’ll never have another thought and then soil the world with its physical manifestation. I am thankful for that.

(Probably even that’s bad, but it’s the best I can do.)

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Dec 202018
  • Candy Nation earned some of my Christmas business this year, and I suspect will stay on my list. Good balance of selection and price.
  • Chick-fil-A will imminently become the third-largest fast food chain in the United States, leaping Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell in only a year and change, and trailing only Starbucks and McDonald’s. Why? Well, Chick-fil-A has a high-quality product, sold at a reasonable price from a clean restaurant by a pleasant employee. This is not difficult to understand, yet apparently impossible to imitate.
  • Once-upon-a-time Clint Eastwood partner Sondra Locke died earlier this week. She gained me as a fan in Bronco Billy, which is a film I need to revisit as an adult. RIP.
  • I have a friend on social media who posts photos of Afghanistan semi-regularly. That place looks godawful, like you could wander 50 miles and not see anything green.
  • Don’t you wish you’d thunk up a vaping company and then sold it to Altria?
  • Tuna tataki is one of my favorite things in the world. My favorite in town is at Rock ‘n’ Roll Sushi, but I Love Sushi’s is also good.
  • As I type, rain is forecast on all but four of the next fourteen days.
 Posted by at 8:20 pm
Dec 172018

I was considering the other day how much less I care now when someone shares ridiculous nonsense of some kind with me.

I don’t mean things that are arguable by reasonable and grounded people, like legitimate political positions. I’m talking about when someone believes an urban legend and shares it, or offers absurdly make-believe health advice, or something similar. I have an acquaintance who pretty much quit talking to me when I, gently and diplomatically, tried to tell her the truth about Oscillococcinum. The false quote thing is another big one.

I just don’t think that for most people, I care enough anymore to make the effort. They usually won’t turn loose of it anyway, and they walk off still believing fairy tales, only now they’re also agitated. Who needs that?

 Posted by at 2:54 pm
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