Archive for the 'Whathaveyous' Category

Dreams Die Hard

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

One year ago this weekend, we adopted a greyhound who we named Ciaran.  Later, we had to surrender him because his presence was stressing Gandalf out to the point of not eating.  Gandalf being ill, old, and on heavy meds, that was not something we could allow to continue. Flash ahead to this summer.  We […]

Is This White Boy Day?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

You’ve probably heard by now that director Tony Scott committed suicide this weekend. I’m not saddened by Tony’s choice, but I am saddened that we have lost a reliable filmmaker.  Those are on far too short a supply.  I thought his work was always solid; he made a few really great films (True Romance), several […]

Mr. G’s Favorites Day 5

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I’m going to wrap this up by saving the best for last.  If anyone has sat through all of these posts, thank you.  And thanks to everyone for the kind outpouring of support you’ve shown. Gandalf didn’t make films, but if he did, they’d have a Samurai.  I like to think that he followed the […]

Mr. G’s Favorites Day 4

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Because he got more action than his man, John Woo. Here’s Chow! Yun! Fat!  Hard Boiled hardcore.

Mr. G’s Favorites Day 3

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Our Mr. Gandalf loved nothing better than to help his Dad out with home improvement projects, making sure that BW got the job done right and didn’t injure himself with the power tools.  He liked to study up by watching Norm Abrams.  Remember, wear those safety goggles!  

Mr. G’s Favorites Day 2

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

This one actually made me bust out sobbing. You can choose not to believe me, but I swear, Gandalf loved Miami Vice.  He always wanted his own cigarette boat.  

Mr. G’s Favorites

Monday, August 6th, 2012

This week I am celebrating Gandalf with videos of all his favorite things.  They make me smile to think of him, and I hope you enjoy them too, but if you don’t….well, Gandalf really wouldn’t care. Dedicated to you, buddy.  

A Far Green Country

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

  GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what? GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a […]


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Wanted to let everyone know that we have made the difficult decision to allow our beloved Gandalf to “pass into the West”, as it were, on this Friday morning. There is no one particular issue I can point to, rather there has been a systematic decline that has picked up momentum in the past few […]

Obligatory Chick-Fil-A Post

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I really have nothing to say about CfA defenders, apart from “Aww.  Makes you feel sad when you think someone is infringing upon your rights, don’t it?”  Annnnddd…that “whoooosh!” is the sound of the point zooming over heads. To which all I can do is summon up the awesome power of  

Job Update: Final Edition

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

So, I have a job again. All of the levels of Kafkaness were gotten through, and I received the official offer phone call yesterday afternoon.  Much to my great surprise, my future supervisor managed to wrangle the highest starting salary level for me out of H.R.  She must have some dirt on someone, somewhere. Now […]

Cat Snatch Fever

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

  First, let’s kill all the humans. You will recall the tale of how we came to own our Ed, right?  How we found him as a “stray” 6 month old kitten, then several month later our across-the-street neighbors came by with a sob story about his being their cat who they lost.  Who they […]

The Plot Thickens

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

After spending some time asking questions, making phone calls, some new shit has come to light regarding yesterday’s post. Turns out that there is NOT a University-wide hiring freeze, though I believe that my would-be employers are under the impression that there is.  Turns out that the position I’m in line for belonged to one […]

Welcome Back, Kafka

Friday, July 6th, 2012

And now a Non-Job Non-Update. The past year+ has been one long hamster wheel of misplaced hopes, false starts, stressful job interviews, demeaning job interviews, rejections, missed opportunities, truly Kafkaesque online applications, and above all, ENNUI.  And I don’t even really want a job very much.  I can’t imagine what I’d feel like if I […]


Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I think I am officially done with Fantasy novels. Last week, out of sheer boredom, I made my first trip to the public library in over two years.  Honestly, public libraries never have a goddamned thing I’m interested in reading.  (But these days, neither do book stores.  We’ll get to that in a minute.)  I’ve […]

Old People Needed!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

My friends, I have a problem, and only people who grew up in the 80′s can help! Nobody makes light-wash jeans anymore!  I keep coming across jeans that claim to be “light rinse”, but the mofos who wrote the descriptions clearly do not hail from the 80′s!  I graduated high school in 1990, goddamn it!  […]


Monday, June 18th, 2012

As of today, Barrett Benedict has been with us for six months.  His provisional period is over and he is now a full employee! Alright, “employee” isn’t the right word, but I did joke with him that he was going to have to write up a 6-month evaluation report (or PowerPoint presentation) to send back […]

A Douchebag Is A Person In Your Neighborhood

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Time for a little status report. I’m still unemployed.  I still don’t care that much, though I feel so great when I hear that “more qualified candidates” have been selected for freaking minimal-wage grunt jobs.  The ennui is very thick around here.  It’s not so much that I want a job (meh), but I would […]


Monday, June 11th, 2012

THIS. THIS. Forever and ever, THIS.  So infuriating when all of the ignorant hypocrite right-wingers cry “Founding fathers this” and “Founding fathers that.” None of them could probably even name more than two FFs without peeking at bills in their wallet, and clearly none of them knows what the founding fathers actually said, and it’s […]

Obsession du Jour

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

  I am the opposite of a Tedious Music Prick;  I’m pretty much happy to listen to the same 50 or so albums from the 50′s – 80′s over and over again for the rest of my life.  I don’t go seeking out new music, and I rarely get all excited and passionate about bands.  […]