Archive for November, 2004

Call for Phillip Morris

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

It’s hard to just buy cigarettes these days. There’s always something stuck in the package you have to throw away. Last week it was propaganda for QuitAssist™. Apparently they would rather lose customers to quitting than to changing brands. This week, they’re thanking me (apparently for not using QuitAssist™) and “Celebrating 50 years of flavor.” […]

Bread and butter

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

I have always been a big fan of bread. Real bread. Like grandma used to make. Four ingredients only: flour, water, yeast, salt. Although my grandmas never actually baked it themselves, it was the thing that made me happiest at the bakery. Okay, chocolate-chip cookies too, but that was about all that interested me there. […]


Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Back in 1998, I successfully predicted the stock market bubble bursting. I was off by only a couple of months, but two years ahead, that’s pretty damned good. I grew up watching currency rates. With our annual trips next door, it was fun figuring out how much further my allowance would go in Canada. I […]

The relaxing day I intended

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Poor planning resulted in my having to venture out this morning. I’d gone through the grocery inventory, made sure I had enough books from work, the laundry and cleaning were done, but what I’d forgotten, was cigarettes. The Corner Store is closed on holidays, so that meant a bus ride to the Mobil station and […]

I am flexible, I are

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

The phone rang yesterday afternoon at 12:30. It was my mother wanting to know if I’d be ready at 3:15 instead of 3:45. Huh? “Didn’t you get my message?” she asked. “Yeah, and I called you right back.” “No. After that.” “Uh, no. I looked at the phone after I got home from coffee, saw […]

Saturday stuff

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

It’s been three weeks since I’ve had a Saturday off, and I work the next four Saturdays. This was my only Saturday off, so what did I do? Clean. When I awoke this morning, the dust on the leading edges of the ceiling fan blades just plain bothered me. After a smoke, OJ and email, […]


Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

I’ve had this entry saved as a draft for some time now. I’ve forgotten where I was going with it at the time, so I’ll just post it as it’s been sitting here. —————————— I suppose I should fill in some of the backstory here regarding The good fight entry. I never felt quite so […]


Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

I skipped tonight’s AA meeting in favor of the ADDults meeting at GRADDA, the Greater Rochester ADD Association. What was most amazing was being in a room full of ADD people who all stayed in their chairs for 90 minutes. They seemed to be quite a supportive group. Several have had experiences similar to mine, […]


Thursday, November 11th, 2004

I got my new glasses yesterday. In a word, they look fierce. I’m not sure if the term has gone out of fashion, but back in the day, fierce was a few steps above hot. The titanium finish precisely matches my hair color, the arch on the top of each lens matches the curve of […]

Bigger news than the Presidency

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Today’s forecast calls for snow starting this afternoon and running through Tuesday, then again for Friday and Saturday. Yippee 🙁 It’s two or three weeks earlier than average, but it seems much earlier than that. Already the weather we had that passed for summer is in the distant past. Autumn, while admittedly on the mild […]