When your principles fail

I like to think of myself as something of a principled person. But I do have my limits. I go out of my way to do things what I consider to be the right way. I try to be pretty conscious not only of my actions, but of the consequences therein. But I think there…

History repeats itself

Cliches are funny. I don’t hate them as much as some people do (I often like to tell people that we speak in cliches, but that is a discussion for a different day), but I am rather weary of them. I think I just don’t trust them. The one I am particularly skeptical of is…

“I’m not a racist BUT…”

I went on the worst date imaginable with a person who was comically racist. I want to talk about it. Ok, let’s get the background to this story out of the way as quickly as we can. I didn’t have much of a desire to use Tinder. I don’t date for the most part, and…

The coworker who brought her jeans to work

I am reasonably sure that I have spoken about the one quote I live by from a favorite movie of mine. The movie, which I was turned on to by my mother, is a 2000’s Italian film called ‘La Lingua del Santo’. The quote? Let me translate loosely (and from memory): It was at that…

June Music Challenge 2020

Week 22 The White Stripes – Elephant I kind of came at this with the worst foot forward. I pretty much expected this to be the band that did the football (soccer) hooligan song. And let’s face it – Seven Nation Army might be a king among the one hit wonders. It is a fantastic…

Respect from the worst places

There is a game you can play. Frankly, I can’t recommend enough that everyone try to go out and play it. The only problem is, playing this game works better the more people you have. You need an even number of participants for this game. For every two participants, write the same integer on two…

Becoming a worse person

For the most part you don’t get to do things twice. We live life in one direction, and you can only look at the past for comparative purposes. Chance to do things again are non-existent. I lived in Greece for about a year back in 2007-2008. I loved it here, for a number of reasons,…

What I’ve learned from working remotely

As I write this, I am in a work meeting. I am doing so because I have lost a bit of give-a-fuck. Maybe a lot of it. A few years ago I realized that I had a mental gap when it came to the concept of ‘work’. I worked, but I understood my work. I…

May Music Challenge 2020

Week 18 – Manu Chao – La Radiolina Manu Chao is the shit. I’ve been referring to him as my generation’s Bob Marley since listening to his first album, Clandestino.┬áThat is a statement I am willing to stand behind. His music is always satisfying, catchy and cool. The fact that he pulls off an album…

Volunteers suck. Sharing space with them is even worse.

I spent a month living with the other volunteers in a shared house. The experience was miserable. To paint the scene for you, here was the situation. The company I work for rented a house that was a little out in the middle of nowhere. It was a twenty minute walk to the nearest town…

Peaple R smrt.

I’ll put a date on this post. I am currently writing this on Sunday, the 12th of April, 2020. I am, like pretty much everyone the fuck else, stuck at home, not doing anything. That’s just the way things are right now, and I will have to deal with it. Fine. I’m actually doing really…

A simple Syllogism

New work places mean new colleagues. Figuring these people out is always a minefield. but sometimes a fun one to do. But it is also a treacherous road to walk, because one the sun sets on your initial opinion of some of these people, you can quickly become very disheartened indeed. I’ve had a lot…