Reader’s Notebook, 8/31/17

A Divided Spy – Charles Cumming. I hate it when I realize, a decent stretch into a book that is part of a series, that I missed the previous entry in the set. I had read book one of Cumming’s Thomas Kell series and then picked this one up. Problem is this is book three. […]

Out of the Fish Business

We’re out of the fish business. Our last betta, Harry Potter, died an unfortunate death today. He was on his last legs already – L was sure he was dead last weekend – but then I accidentally wacked the side of his bowl with a lid to some Corningware while I made my lunch. Water […]

R’s: Crap

Well, shit. August wasn’t supposed to be like this. After a scorching hot June and (most of) July, the Royals were supposed to roar into August and battle Cleveland for the AL Central lead, all while solidifying the lead they had built up in the Wild Card race. Worst case, they were going to play […]

Sports, Sports, Sports

We are officially in the busiest stretch of the year for us. Right in the middle of kickball season. First cross country meet was last Saturday. Soccer practice begins this Wednesday. For the next two weeks we’ll have five teams cranked up and rolling through practices and games/meets. C had a solid sports weekend. Friday […]

Friday Playlist

The music day I’ve been waiting on since way back in the spring is finally here: The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding is officially out. Sadly, perhaps because they are now on a major rather than indie label, folks like me who had pre-ordered the album did not get a link to download it […]

Links: On ESPN and UVa

Wow, a two-post day! I know, right?!?! Actually, I’m trying to get back in the habit of sharing links on a more regular basis, with or without some commentary from me. In this case, I’d like to address the stupidity that was ESPN removing broadcast Robert Lee from next week’s University of Virginia home football […]

On the Eclipse

It’s weird how Monday’s eclipse caught me by surprise. I knew it was coming, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I heard about it for the first time pretty early in the year. I think, though, when I saw that it would occur during the school day, and thus there wasn’t anything special I could […]

Opening Day, Part 2

L has played her first two official kickball games, so I can finally share her exploits. Spoiler alert: she did not fail to live up to the expectations we had for her. Monday was opening night for her team. They started off slow and trailed 25–9 after two innings. But they figured out things both […]

Reader’s Notebook, 8/22/17

Agent 110 – Scott Miller. This is a fine, brisk look at the activities of Allen Dulles, future CIA director, through his years as an OSS officer in Switzerland during World War II. Residing just across the border from Germany, he quickly put together a network of Germans who, for one reason or another, were […]

Friday Playlist

“The Possibility” – Worriers. A cool little rave up by a band I would have sworn was from Ireland. Don’t the vocals have a Cranberry-esque sound to them? Turns out they’re from Brooklyn, like 87% of the bands in the indie world. “All There Is” – Guggi Data. Guggi – AKA Gustav Data Andersson – […]