It was only us

uptown market jacksonville

When the wife and I go out to dinner, there are two conditions I hope to avoid: (a) Not being able to find parking, and (b) being the only customer in the place. Last night it was the latter. We went to the Uptown Market, partly because we really like the food and service there, and partly because they had recently announced new expanded hours and we […]

Sidewalk swine

springfield parking hogs

In my neighborhood, people don’t just park on the street. They park on the grass between the sidewalk and street (called the CROW, for City Right of Way). They park on their lawns. They park in the alleys. And they all too frequently park on the sidewalk itself. That last part pisses me off. I guess it pisses a lot of people off here in Springfield: Somebody […]

Thus spake Palin

sarah palin's Amazing America

Sarah Palin has taken time out from her latest TV show to demand that President Obama be impeached. Obama should take some comfort from that, since Palin’s support on any issue, historically, has been a pretty sure sign that the opposite will happen. Part of me wants to believe that Palin’s opinion piece on Breitbart was written by someone else, since she rarely communicates in complete sentences. […]

Jury duty redux

district court jury box

Once again, I was summoned for jury duty. Once again, I was dismissed after spending half a day at court, shivering in the hyperactive AC. I’m beginning to think lawyers mistake my naturally shifty look for a vengeful nature. Maybe it’s just as well. You only get paid $40 a day. And after the judge explained the facts of the civil case in question, I was already […]

‘Fargo’ in Bemidji

Strangers in an emergency room.

‘Fargo,” the FX series, may be the best thing I’ve seen on the small screen since “Breaking Bad.” We finished it last night, after paying two bucks an episode via Amazon Prime. I like the pay-as-you-go method; if a show starts to stink you can save yourself some dough and make a statement at the same time. “Fargo” doesn’t stink. I’m not saying it was perfect. There […]

Books for nothing

little free library in springfield

Little Free Libraries: Boon or boondoggle? Just kidding. These things seem to be popping up all over. While I like the principle — a neat little honor-based book exchange right in the neighborhood — the cynical bastard realist in me wonders how it works in practice. Today, for example, I walked a couple of books down to the one near me. They were books I didn’t want. […]