Staying Home in Style — A Historical Precedent

| March 30, 2020

“The pleasure you find in traveling around your room is safe from the restless jealousy of men; it is independent of the fickleness of fortune. After all, is there any person so unhappy, so abandoned, that he doesn’t have a little den into which he can withdraw and hide away from everyone? Nothing more elaborate […]

Messages Mixed and Missed — Part the First

| March 27, 2020

“‘And it is also said,’ answered Frodo: ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel for they will answer both no and yes.’ “‘Is it indeed?’ laughed Gildor. ‘Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.’” ~ Lord of the […]

Numbers Looking for a Fight

| March 23, 2020

Our title today comes from something Mrs. LFM said last night in reference to statistics in general, and the way they are being presented in daily government COVID-19 briefings specifically. A state of emergency was announced yesterday for the Province of Nova Scotia, where we live. The details of its scope and perceived application can […]

You Don’t Have To Understand Here to Be Here

| March 22, 2020

The title of today’s piece comes from the pilot episode of the excellent, and now both late and lamented, television series Life. Specifically, it’s part of a greater conversation between lead character Detective Charlie Crews (played by Damian Lewis) and his partner, Detective Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi): Dani Reese: “I don’t exactly understand you.” Charlie […]

May You Live in an Interesting Age

| March 15, 2020

“Some years ago, in 1936, I had to write to a very dear and honored friend of mine, who has since died, Sir Austen Chamberlain, brother of the present Prime Minister, and I concluded my letter with a rather banal remark ‘that we were living in an interesting age’. Evidently he read the whole letter, […]

EDC — TMI

| March 7, 2020

“EDC is a current era initialism for “Every Day Carry”. As used in the common vernacular, and at its most basic, it unsurprisingly refers to accoutrements and items of equipment and associated accessories an individual may find it necessary, be called upon, or simply want, to carry daily — spectacles, wallet, watch, keys, mobile phone, […]

Origins

| February 17, 2020

On the day I graduated from high school in 1975, my plans for postsecondary education were directed toward a career in Aerospace Engineering. It would be four years before I came to realize how the end of hostilities in a conflict half a world away had changed all that before it even left the starting […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — Epilogue

| February 2, 2020

So here we stand, Goode Reader, at a point from which to reflect upon what happened to bring us here. For this to make any kind of sense demands that you must have first read each of the previous five episodes, so on the chance your first landing here is this article today, links to […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Call 200 Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean?

| January 25, 2020

To say I was frustrated at the sheer bullshittery of discovering my radio battery dead would be an understatement of monumental proportions. Literally overnight, the situation had morphed into a bag of shit to hold. The reaction of the rest of the party when I delivered the latest situation report was predictable, ranging from acceptance […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Tell a Man With Two Black Eyes?

| January 24, 2020

There’s an old joke that goes: Q — “What do you tell a man with two black eyes?” A — “Nothing. He’s already been told twice.” There are some who might say that after what happened on my last trip, what you’re about to read should have come as no surprise. As aforesaid, I first […]