stupid things I do Archive

May 20, 2011

Just do your job (s).

Repair people, city workers, songwriters, concert presenters, spring flowers, sun, toothbrushes, wine, cats…I repeat:  just do your job(s).

August 17, 2010

Appliances, then and now.

Yesterday – and today, too – I washed and waxed the floors. I remember my mother doing this. I remember her answering the telephone and saying to a friend who, presumably, was asking what she did that day. “Oh, not too much,” she would say. “I washed and waxed the floors”.  How long can it […]

August 16, 2010

Floors and glasses.

I scrubbed my kitchen floor today and, as always, it looks exactly the same now as it did before I scrubbed it. I scrub on my hands and knees because I don’t think one can really clean a floor with a mop, unless one is not wearing their glasses. Without glasses, the kitchen floor looks pure […]

May 12, 2010

When the weather shifts

First: thanks, Brandon, for the offer to look into my server trouble. You are a prince. Second: The blogs are sporadic, I know. But look outside. Grass. Flowers. Intermittent sun. Blogging or being outside. Which would you choose? Neighbours have appeared beyond the fence wearing dirty clothes, the inexplicably popular Crocs, broad-brimmed hats or ball […]

March 11, 2010

Our gal in the GPS device

Her name is Serena. I’m not overly fond of her voice, but I’m obliged to listen to it if I want to stay out of travel trouble. I’m used to her now, having accompanied her on many forays into unknown territory. In unfamiliar regions, with hard deadlines to honour, Serena’s the gal. Some are not as […]

February 16, 2010


For the last three weeks, the nails on my right hand have been breaking at an unprecedented rate. I’m no fan of long nails, but I need at least two to play guitar adequately. My index finger and my…er…other pointing finger, the middle. Sometimes the ring finger, but it’s not strictly necessary. The middle finger […]

February 03, 2010

Decisions, mistakes, and what’s in between

It has to be said – or maybe not – that I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Here’s an incomplete list of bad decisions: Took the advice of an aspiring make-up artist and ended up looking like a Geisha girl wearing a lipstick that was wrong. Very wrong. Once, on a […]

January 26, 2010

let me in

I had occasion today to talk to a lovely and patient man in another part of the world. I reached him in a circuitous way, by means of several 1-800 numbers and many, many touch-tones. Why? I forgot a password. One of 60 passwords, it turns out. I know the exact number because I opened […]

December 16, 2009

Shiny toys

In a time long gone and almost slipped from memory, I owned a cassette tape recorder that served the purpose of catching bits of melody that were in danger of fading from consciousness. It ran on an AC adaptor or two AA batteries. It was cheap. Tapes were cheap. Short of a reel-to-reel recorder, this […]

December 10, 2009

List of lists – re-post and update

Now I know, this book is called The Pillow Book by  Sei Shonagon. Thank you, Jo Edgett. Years ago, I flipped through a book at a friend’s house and have since regretted not buying my own copy. It was a books of lists written many years ago, if I recall, by a Japanese woman of noble […]