Trips to the DMV

After three trips to the DMV office, we have finally gotten our car registered. Yes, it was complicated. It was a gift with an out-of-state title signed by a power of attorney, but the process did not seem stable. It felt as if the rules were made up each time we went in and different document was required. And the office itself was a free-for-all with borderline offensive front license plates and pepper spray lining the walls rather than instructions or the list of needed documents. Plus there was a $6 cash fee for filing (something).

Not Meatloaf

It’s still hard to imagine that corn flakes, cottage cheese and nuts could cook into something that has the consistency of meatloaf. The onion soup mix helps. Slathering with ketchup helps. But I would ask for it again.

Reflecting on the Trail

I spotted a small rectangular mirror in the dirt at the edge of the trail. As I passed it, it showed the sky, the leaves and just a bit of me.

One Year Ago

We sent balloons to my mom for her 82nd birthday celebration exactly one year ago. It was the first time she had been out to see her friends in six months due to COVID. Her cognitive functioning was starting to decline. We could tell that over the phone. But we didn’t know about the physical deterioration.

Error with the Error

What do you do when your computer has an error and there is an error generating the error report, so you don’t even know what the error was. Or is.


Every corner of every major intersection has someone holding a sign asking for money. But in our car-centric culture, most people don’t stop and engage with these folks down on their luck. I do always look at their shoes, though. A man held a sign with his Cash app ID hoping that it would be easier to give electronically. Everyone has a smart phone these days.

Going to the Movies

After more than a year and a half we went to see a movie in a theater. Even though it was special one night only showing, it was a movie we had previously seen on HBO. We weighed the risk of an indoor event, and decided to go. It was the right decision because there were only 3 other people in the theater. But it was strange to sit in comfy chairs eating popcorn and watching David Byrne sing his heart out on the big screen.

Scheduling Plug-in

If a schedule post does not publish per the schedule, there’s a plug-in that makes sure it publishes after it has missed the schedule. If someone went to the trouble of building a plug-in to solve this faulty scheduling problem, that implies that this is a significant problem. Maybe just address the scheduling problem?

Alien Sunrise

The big red sun rose over the horizon. The waves of heat flowed off of it and broke through the chilled air. The temperature went up quickly.

What About Couches?

As I was filling in some back posts, I joked that if I ran out of ideas I could just write about whatever is in front of me. The couch. The rug. The door. But it starts to sound a little like Andy Rooney.