Puppy Karma

Puppy Karma

I feel a little guilty. Not that I did the wrong thing, but that I didn’t do the best thing. I wanted to adopt from a shelter, or from an unplanned private litter. It’s the right thing to do. Instead, I paid full fare for an AKC pure breed, from a professional breeder, who I researched, visited, and verified with both local animal welfare, and national certifying bodies. Basically, I threw money at the problem, and did the equivalent of ...

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Electoral Boogie. Pick a dance, and perfect it already.

If you take a really fuel efficient car, convert it to electric power, then install solar panels on the roof, what do you get?  3 good ideas that won’t get you to work. That’s what we have for our Presidential elections. Selecting smart people to gather and choose the President is a good idea. Giving each states a stake in the decision process is a good idea. Popular votes are also generally considered a good idea. It’s hard to call any ...

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The funny one

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Nazi? Nazi who? Nazi best time to lose your sense of humor, is it? I keep hearing that the next few years are going to be an absolute disaster for everything except comedy. I want to hold on to this. I want to remind myself that it’s just 4 years, and we’ve been through so much worse than a snake oil salesman with a weakness for hairspray and gilded elevators. How many Trumps does it take to ...

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Social Anxiety

We were looking for fun. We were seeking adventures. We’ve uploaded excuses, and faded old pictures.   Flirting with possibilities, and drawn out suspense. Seized on the moment, made the must of events.   Flattered with platitudes. Offered little more. Didn’t worry about payout. We’ve been here before.   Stripped of our dreams. We stick to a pledge. We drink to the game, and live on the edge.   Lied about our future to excuse a jaded past. Feed us better bullshit, is that too much to ask?   Let’s dispense with suspense, and move to the point. We ...

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No answers here.

I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m hopeless. I’m disappointed. I’m perplexed. I could probably go on, but the rest would be synonyms of the same shit feelings. How did we do this? Wait, no, we didn’t do this. I didn’t do this. You probably didn’t do this. How did THEY fucking do this. How did 24% of America get up, drag their sorry asses to the ballot, and vote in a walking goddamn joke. Wasn’t it enough that we’ve had a ...

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No one needs 24 hour news

There’s 24 days until this goddamn election is over. What a year. For a political junkie like me, it’s been very confusing. This is like my Superbowl. I’m horrible at predicting winners, but I’ve been carefully watching the games since 1988. This election was different. It wasn’t odd that there were mean things said by politicians about other politicians. That’s normal. It wasn’t odd that there were kooks with horrible signs. That’s normal. What set this election apart has been ...

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Homeowner

I owe so much money now. That’s good, right? I’ve got a house, a car, a job… no dog yet. (*note: get dog). I vacillate between giddy joy, and subtle dread, but I’m hanging out in the middle for a huge part of the time. Bell curve for the win. I’m still trying to be more mindful, honestly. I know the materialism isn’t very mindful, but it is nice to have your own space to contemplate your navel. Ultimately, I ...

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Positive Thoughts

I’m extremely lucky to have a few ‘canaries’ on Twitter. These are the people who point out when the air has fouled to the point where it’s a good time to re-assess my habits, and turn away from the negativity. This is a point that I notice for myself, but tend to keep adding ‘one more’ quip, as if I’m contributing something useful. I’m not. I just don’t have the kind of friends on social media who a) need a ...

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The Interview

He entered the conference code and pressed #. A swirling blue portal suddenly appeared in the center of the room, and before he could even think or react, he was sucked into it. Grasping for any purchase to stay his egress, he caught hold of only his coffee cup and an ornate pen holder that had been a gift from his last employer on the occasion of his 5th anniversary with the company. He dragged them along with him into ...

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bad science for good causes

I am not in favor of texting while driving. I am not telling you to text and drive. If you text and drive, you are less safe, and you make others around you less safe. This is common sense, not science. If I’m acknowledging all this, then why do I get so horribly bitterly raving upset at the recurring ‘stop distracted driving’ hashtag storms? What’s the harm in suggesting something that will make people safer? If you stop reading after this ...

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