Warm Pacific Northwest Wind

Seriously, that was the first clue of the NY Times acrostic puzzle today. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost 35 years, and I’ve sailed boats on Puget Sound for much of that time, and I’m still waiting for my first warm Pacific Northwest wind. Okay, chinook. Somebody who, I suspect, never lived out…

Hey Jude

Julian Lennon has for the first time covered his dad’s song “Imagine.” It’s special. And haunting, not just the song itself, but the resonances in his voice.

Needle Marks

I have to get blood drawn today… and I already have a needle mark in my arm from an IV Monday. I’m looking at the inside of my elbow as I don my shirt this morning, and I’m wondering, “What if the nurse thinks I’m a junkie?” Because the vast majority of “customers” at the…

Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman has died at age 73. He’s best known as the progenitor – music, lyrics, production, schmaltz – of Meat Loaf’s songs. Bat Out of Hell. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Paradise by the Dashboard Light. I Would Do… well, I’m getting tired of typing out those lengthy titles, but you know the…

RtBC, Part 4

Reasons to Be Cheerful, part 4. This, from the deck tonight: Hang in there. Spring is coming.

The Origin of Plastic Bags

I figured it out. Plastic bags originated on the planet Krypton. Well, maybe not the individual bags. But the material itself? Invulnerable. To be clear, I’m not talking about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or microplastics, or those six-pack rings that strangle baby turtles. Rather, it’s plastic packaging. Seriously. Try and open one with your…

RtBC, Part 3

Reason to be cheerful (RtBC): Will Shortz. He’s the puzzle editor of the New York Times. My wife and I love crossword puzzles, though we’ve learned we can’t work on them together. (I’ll take the blame here.) And the Thursday through Sunday New York Times puzzles are generally wonderful. They are well clued, they are…

RtBC, Part 2

Reason to be cheerful (RtBC): Spring. Yeah, it follows winter, most of the time, most years. (I have a friend in Arizona who swears the past few years have gone directly from winter to summer, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.) And yet, in the human condition, all us folks who fail the…