1. Calls from school are rarely good.

    My son is running a fever. So, I suppose we are in for an afternoon of science fiction movies and videogames.

  2. Which of you was it?

    I fell asleep and someone drew a face on my penis.

  3. Nice.


  4. Sexiest place

    There’s a meme circulating among some FB contacts about the ‘hottest places to have sex,’ or something like that. Most of the answers are either along the lines of “candle-lit bedroom, soft music” or “heart-shaped bed, mirrors on the ceiling.” And there’s nothing wrong with either.

    But give me a library room with floor-to-high-ceiling bookcases, oversized chairs, antique maps on the walls, and a fireplace with a nice spot in front of it on the floor…

    …and I’m all yours.

  5. I love old maps.

    I love old maps.

  6. I like knowing you.

    I like knowing you.

  7. Get thee behind me, Satan.

    Ow! Stop that! On second thought, thee get in front! I’ll taketh the back.

  8. I am watching Disney’s “Pair of Kings” and enjoying it

    Clearly, lack of sleep has liquefied my brain.

  9. The Ten Books

    A friend on FB tagged me to list ten books that have affected me in some way. Without spending a great deal of time trying to pick the “right” books, here’s my list as of today (it would probably be at least slightly different if I were to do this tomorrow), and a few thoughts about each entry:

    • Richard Scarry, Richard Scarry’s Bedtime Stories, especially the “Uncle Willy and the Pirates” story. My first, best book memory from childhood. I loved sharing that with my own kids.
    • Bear Snores On / Kiss Good Night (tie; I’m cheating here). Two sweet books that I loved reading to my kids when they were little. I still know both by heart.
    • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Some days, I still ask myself what Atticus Finch would do.
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sherlock Holmes canon. I know; it’s not one book. In fact, the novels themselves were not among my favorites. However, I love the stories and re-read them on a regular basis.
    • Daniel Pinkwater, Lizard Music I read this dozens of times in sixth grade.
    • James Lee Burke, In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead The novel that got me back into reading for pleasure in 1993 after a few years’ hiatus. I still love Burke’s writing and have read everything he’s put out, before and since this book.
    • Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time. Opened my eyes wider than ever to the miracle of science.
    • Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Because, come on. Douglas Adams. A huge influence on my own sense of humor - and my outlook on life, the universe, and everything.
    • Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse-Five. These two books (cheating again!) made me feel less alone when I was 15. So it goes.
    • John Knowles, A Separate Peace. Still moves me.

    What about you?

  10. Thirteen?


  11. The human heart and falling in love.

    I just turned 42 years old, and I’m realizing that I still haven’t figured anything out.

    (But I make a mean mac and cheese! Surely that counts for something?)

  12. Me.


  13. From "Into the Dalek"

    • Lieutenant Blue:
      You don't like soldiers much, do you?

    • The Doctor:
      You don't need to be liked. You've got all the guns.

  14. It’s true. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was sacrilege.

    It’s true. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was sacrilege.