School supply season and the Great Cycle of Beer

We got the kids' classroom/teacher assignments for school last weekend, and the house is temporarily stocked with shiny, new-smelling school supplies that everyone seems to be mooning over.  Speaking of which, seriously, what is it that makes everyone get all gooey over new office/school supplies? It's like the moment someone sees an unopened, shrink-wrapped pack … Continue reading School supply season and the Great Cycle of Beer

The fancy dreams of our youth are all eventually waylaid by, um, beer

In the halcyon days of my youth, when I used to dream Great Dreams of someday becoming a writer, I had some...strange...ideas.  I always pictured "Puddin' the Writer" as having a pipe and a tweed jacket with those elbow patches, and spending his evenings calmly before a roaring fire, hound at his feet.  He'd either … Continue reading The fancy dreams of our youth are all eventually waylaid by, um, beer