Monthly Archives: January 2009

I Passed.

Yessss! (Many thanks to the David Stewart School of Driving without whose patient instruction I would never have passed the thing.) Advertisements

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Big Day

“No pressure John, just don’t screw it up.” “Check your mirrors, don’t shift while you’re turning, watch your speed, take your time on maneuvers, always look behind you when you’re reversing, watch out for pedestrians, never “wave someone on,” assume … Continue reading

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Utility Bill

“Do you have a utility bill, sir? We need one for proof of residence.” It was a question I’d heard many times before. “No, you see my living arrangement is temporary. I don’t have anything with my name on it.” … Continue reading

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Drumgelloch

It’s the little pieces that make the puzzle of living here satisfying. Last week I figured out where the Drumgelloch (drum-GELL-loch) train station was. Uncle John told me about the Drumgelloch station not long after my arrival. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Hair

It’s amazing what a good haircut can do to improve your appearance. Of course keeping your tongue in your mouth for a photo also helps. Childhood friend Corey e-mailed me this picture of myself taken in 1989 during a backpacking … Continue reading

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Presidential Review

Now that Bush is out of office the journalists who have circled the White House like vultures for the last several months have descended on the carrion and begun to write history. For me it’s an important moment because for … Continue reading

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Burns

Some things defy the descriptive efforts of the novice. Some experiences are so unique to a particular culture and history that those who stand outside can only gawk as visitors to a strange ritual. I attended my first Burns Supper … Continue reading

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Issmee

“Issmee.” An answer to the voice at the door, as if there would be some question in my mind about who was outside my bedroom at 2 A.M. “I wanna’ sweep wiff you.” Of course I open the door. It’s … Continue reading

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Burn

It’s so very gratifying to learn something new on the computer. Like training your dog to “sit” or teaching your child to poop on the potty for the first time, you want to tell everyone what you’ve done. So, it’s … Continue reading

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Dinosaur

I’ve been trying to figure out iTunes for some time now. I’m not a Mac user so it’s been a little troubling. They’re just not enough buttons on Mac applications. It doesn’t work like a PC. Still, it’s an absolutely … Continue reading

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