Category: Rants

Old Fart

March 16th, 2009
I've been old for a long time. As an adolescent, I identified more with my parents' generation and their friends than with my shallow, consumerist peers. My dad joined the Navy at 17 and experienced the world. My mom grew up on a farm in New Zeala… more »

Utter Crap

February 13th, 2009
A few years ago, the faucet in our kitchen sink gave up the ghost. After faithfully spewing San Jose municipal water since 1969, it could spew no more. In the usual way of things around our house, the death of a faucet could easily lead to a totally… more »

California Sucks

December 9th, 2008
I was born in California. My dad was born in California. My dad's folks were born in Washington State and Canada, but I don't hold that against them. So I feel it's with some authority that I say that California has an image problem. Perception confl… more »

Healing the Burns

October 15th, 2008
I'm disinclined to spend money on any electronic equipment with the brand "Sony" on it. I bought my first CD player in 1989. It was a higher-end Sony model with all sorts of quaint bells and whistles, without which I never would have been able to end… more »

From Satan's Dank Fundament

October 8th, 2008
I can't take it any longer. The tedious screaming pedant in me claws at my gall bladder for escape. I usually keep him tied down, even if the bindings are the lightest of cellophane wraps. Pedantry and pleasing social interaction don't mix very… more »