Category Archives: Life in the Shenandoah Valley

10 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs, Kids, and Wives

  1. Dogs: “What are we doing? “What are we doing?” “What are we doing?” “What are we doing?” “What are we doing?” “What are we doing?” Kids: “What are you doing for me?” “What are you doing for me?” … Continue reading

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My Son Got Married on Saturday

Everything you need to know about marriage you learned in kindergarten: The sand ceremony: I had no idea what that was. I kept expecting these guys to show up: The reception: Everyone who claimed some kind of parental responsibility for … Continue reading

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Verizon is the Devil

Yesterday, I got a bill in the mail from Verizon for $66.99. This is odd because all of my Verizon accounts are prepaid; in other words, I do not receive bills through the mail. Especially bills that are for more … Continue reading

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Can’t Hang

I’m a bit late getting to this, but, two weeks ago, I was at Lost Weekend VII, the semi-annual film festival held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, VA. Yes, there have been six previous Lost Weekends (capitalization of those … Continue reading

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Rub Some Dirt on It

  I’m a guy. I’m not a particularly tough one, but I’ve had moments. Now, my brother, he’s a tough guy. Drives bulldozers and cranes and cement trucks, and once built an urban water filtration system with a paper clip … Continue reading

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Hallo-wasn’t

I didn’t do a pumpkin this year because none grew in my garden. The few plants that survived the Night of the Woodchucks didn’t bloom. Well, they bloomed, but produced no fruit. Suspect a dearth of honeybees caused that. And … Continue reading

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Let’s play!

I love board games. I’ve got probably fifty or so, mostly tactical and strategic kinds like Squad Leader and Wooden Ships and Iron Men. I have a lot of the old Avalon Hill titles and some modern ones, like Fortress … Continue reading

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Five days later…

I survived Lost Weekend IV. Not many did. It was grueling: 18 movies over a three.2 day period. Figure hour forty-five, give or take, each, comes out to be 28, 29 hours of movies over a 72 hour period. It’s like going to a … Continue reading

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And So it Begins…

Lost Weekend IV, that is, which opened tonight with: In. Tense. Michael Shannon plays a man without a soul while Andrew Garfield plays a man trying to find one. Gotta say, I had far more sympathy for Rick Carver, the satanic realtor portrayed by Shannon, then … Continue reading

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Busy, busy, busy…

Not only do I have 4000 pages to read in…now…about three days (see below), Winchester Film Club’s Lost Weekend IV starts tomorrow night. I’m going to see eighteen movies over four days. Death by media.

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