COVIDream #2

In which the nightly escape from our waking nightmare is sometimes not. I find myself toiling once again in the corporate world, this time an ominous place focused on cyber security.1I actually worked for two hi tech security firms along the way. It was very Blade Runner: all black and grey metals with finish ranging […]

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COVIDream #1

The nightly dreamscape has been wild of late. This series hopes to capture some of the weirdiality. Not necessarily significant. But damn…. I am on a business trip to Atlanta, sometime post-pandemic. I rent a car because I am told mass transit is impossible, and taxis are dead because Uber/Lyft killed them before they died. […]

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Live and Let Die

“Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland A few days ago, our more-or-less president paid a visit to an Arizona factory where they manufacture Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), in this case the N95 masks that are essential for health care workers […]

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Put Out More Flags

As part of “Operation America Strong,” the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds announced they will fly joint operations over Washington, Baltimore, New York, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Austin, sources told USA TODAY. It was inevitable that vocabulary and concepts around COVID19 would come to lean heavily on militarized bafflegab. We are “at war” […]

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Message From the Bubble

Love in the Time of COVID19 A fine pal suggested I offer some strategies for Boredom Immunity as we endure our varying degrees of lock down and isolation. I doubt I have anything useful to suggest, but why let that stop me, right? It hardly seems real. Unless you are one of the people on […]

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What is a Metaphor For, Anyway?

One of our standard holiday activities is a ridiculously complex and near-impossible jigsaw puzzle. It lasts for days – weeks, even – and gives everybody a little diversion. For Thanksgiving, the puzzle was a watercolor drawing of Shakespeare Books in Paris. Colorful. Fun. Aggravating. As always, we would get to the point where we joked […]

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Merry Happiness

So here’s the thing. I’ve been kinda quiet lately, trying to get myself back into the groove of living outside the hospital. Steady progress but not yet convalesced to the extent I’d like. Baby steps. Part of this has been the suspense. Did the three-quarters of a million bucks worth of hi-tech medical treatment work? […]

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In The Balance

A tad before noon on a perfect day. Cool, a bit of a breeze, bright blue skies. Fate hangs in the balance. Sometime today we will hear whether or not our house passes air quality inspection. Samples are in the lab. We are on pins and needles. All work to remediate the unpleasantness is complete, […]

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