Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jon Swift Memorial Roundup 2017

It’s time for the annual look at the best posts of bloggers as chosen by the bloggers themselves. In the words of Lance Mannion:

Our late and much missed comrade in blogging, journalist and writer Al Weisel, revered and admired across the bandwidth as the “reasonable conservative” blogger Modest Jon Swift, was a champion of the lesser known and little known bloggers working tirelessly in the shadows…

One of his projects was a year-end Blogger Round Up. Al/Jon asked bloggers far and wide, famous and in- and not at all, to submit a link to their favorite post of the past twelve months and then he sorted, compiled, blurbed, hyperlinked and posted them on his popular blog. His round-ups presented readers with a huge banquet table of links to work many of has had missed the first time around and brought those bloggers traffic and, more important, new readers they wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed.

My submission was my rant on David Brooks’s blithe dismissal of a gay couple’s civil rights because “it’s just a cake.”

There’s a lot of good writing included in the roundup, so I suggest that you take your time and look through them.

A big hat-tip to Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar for doing the work to bring it all together.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter Break

It’s that time of year again.  School goes into winter break this Friday until January 8, and for me I’ll be taking the time to do a lot of writing and catching up on sleep.  I’ll probably take a day trip down to the Keys, and of course there’s the holiday celebrations with friends.

That means that starting today blogging here will be light and variable.  I’ll be checking in daily and posting my usual holiday remembrances and my annual review and forecast, and of course there will be A Little Night Music.

So have yourself a merry little whatever you do, and enjoy the time off if you get it.

My Christmas tree.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Late Night Late Start

We had the first reading of “All Together Now” with the full cast tonight.  It was great; they are a strong group and I’m really impressed with their instincts and how they treated my words and took hold of the characters.  Kudos all around; I can’t wait to see how it grows.

That said, the reading was 50 miles from here in South Florida traffic and it started about the time I normally go to sleep.  Blogging will be scant until at least lunchtime because I’m not going to try to be cogent with three hours of sleep… like I ever am.

Anyway, see you later.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fourteen Years

Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of Bark Bark Woof Woof.

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in blogging, fourteen years is a pretty long time.  But so far I haven’t gotten tired of doing this, and so far the world has not yet given up providing me with things to write about.

I will say that while I know I don’t get as many hits in a year as some blogs get in a week, I like to think that while my readership may be small, I attract intelligent and discriminating readers who also appreciate a good joke, a bad pun, and occasional pictures of orchids and old cars.

This blog would still be under the thrall of Blogger without the help of my crack tech support, counselor, and inspiration to greatness, CLWill.  Thank you.

Thanks for being here, thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing your thoughts and giving back as good as I give.

What’s next?

Friday, October 6, 2017

I Feel Fine, But…

My co-workers politely suggested that until the last vestiges of the cold I had last week and earlier this week are completely gone, I stay away.  So even though I feel fine and my chest congestion is clearing up, I’m taking their advice.

So I’ll be catching up on some missed sleep and crosswords.  I’ll post when the sun comes up.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Still Not There Yet

AT&T keeps coming up with new ways to avoid telling me when I’ll get phone and internet back.  Yesterday in an on-line chat, “Ashley” asked for a contact number so they could text me when service is restored.  I gave her my cell phone number noting that “It’s a Verizon number.  They never went down during the storm.  Ironic, huh?”  She was not amused.

One the good news front, Bob and The Old Professor finally got power yesterday, ten days after the lights went out.  They still don’t have cable TV, but they have the internet and clean clothes.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Not There Yet

Still no AT&T service at the house nine days after it went out in the storm.  Compare that with Florida Power & Light, which got power back to my neighborhood in three days, and Comcast, which did it in five.  (FPL is still out in certain neighborhoods around the area, including Bob’s, so they’re not out of the woods, so to speak.)  So I’m still on a limited blogging schedule.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Back To Work

Schools are reopening here in Miami-Dade County.  The roads are cleared and only one of the 350+ facilities is without power — an elementary school — so the students are being sent to a high school until power is restored.

And now we have another hurricane in the Atlantic.

I am still without internet at home so the abbreviated schedule here will continue.  Thanks for your patience.  I miss you, too.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Tall Pike Place With Cream

AT&T is still off-line at the house so I have no landline and no internet.  Cable is back but TiVo can’t update without the internet, so I’ve been doing a lot of writing, reading, and I saw “Hidden Figures” on HBO (highly recommended).

AT&T is not yet giving me any idea of when they will get to my neighborhood or street or house,  so I have decamped to the local beanery, aka Starbucks at US 1 and SW 148th Street in Pinecrest.  I am not the only one here who came for the WiFi.

I have been told to report back to work tomorrow (Monday), so I will be posting from there — when I’m off-duty, of course — and I hope that sometime in the next week I’ll get the phone line back.  Until then, I’ll see you when I can.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I Had It Easy

First, thank you for your good thoughts and wishes.  As CLWill noted via my texts, I made it through the storm with barely a scratch on the house and some judicious tree-trimming by Irma.  I got power back yesterday (Wednesday) around noon and the house is cooling off and the moisture is being removed.

But what I went through is nothing compared to what many endured and suffered both here in Florida and through the Caribbean.  I have friends in the Keys who lost not only their home but their livelihood.  The last I heard from them is that they evacuated to South Carolina and will not be returning because they have nothing to return to.  The strain and sorrow is permanent for them.

I can count my blessings and be grateful that all I lost were frozen foods and I can mutter about the inconvenience of no power for 78 hours and no internet or cable still.  But at least I have a place to sleep and a place to wait for the service to be restored and familiar surroundings and friends to thank for providing me with a place to be during the storm.

If you are so inclined, please find a way to help out the people who really suffered during this time both here and abroad.  Listings of resources such as reliable charities can be found everywhere on the internet.

I will try to resume blogging on a regular schedule once the little “Broadband” light on my router at home turns from flashing red to steady green.  Until then, I’ll be on limited schedule.

Thanks again.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Something I Ate

Either I ate something or caught it — a co-worker had the same complaint — but I spent the last weekend with what they used to call “distress of the lower tract,” known to parents of small children and camp counselors as “the trots.”  (I suppose you could call it the in-home edition of “Game of Thrones.”)

I made it through work yesterday thanks to Pepto-Bismol, but it’s still lingering and better to be safe than sorry, I’m taking the day off.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Technical Difficulties

First the server crashed mid-posting, now I can’t post what I want and I can’t delete what I don’t want.

We’ll figure it out and get back to you.

Update – 5:44 a.m. EDT: At 3:00 a.m. EDT, the server that handles this blog (and several other sites I’m familiar with) went off-line as I was writing the “Georgia 6 Results” post.  This happens on occasion, and nothing to worry about; give it time and it will come back.  But this time when it did, I couldn’t edit a post that was in draft, and all I got was an empty page.  When I tried to delete it, it wouldn’t go away, and then when I refreshed, the entire contents of the blog — all 28,000+ posts — was gone.  Template, yes, but content… [poof].

I sent controlled-panic messages to the crack tech support team (my brother) and left for work.  By the time I got to the office, everything was back.  So anyway…

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Little Night Music

Sorry this is so late but we had an hour delay out of Tulsa, so I had to switch to a later flight, and that one had an hour delay coming out of Dallas, so instead of getting home at 9:00 p.m. as planned, I basically just got home. So tomorrow may be another day without much blogging.


Did you know that Kansas has an official video?  Well, if they can have an official state theatre festival, then anything’s possible.