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Feeling clawstrophobic …

Remember that buddy of mine who tried otter a couple of weeks ago?  He’s cooking with chicken claws tonight.

I don’t mean that he was born with chicken claws and is preparing a dish; I mean chicken claws are on the menu — for … chicken bone broth, I think?  I’m pretty sure I have ADHD; sometimes I just smile and nod when this dude says things, and I’m not really following.

If I take off my glasses, they actually look like jumbo shrimp.  Which I can only imagine would be an unfortunate mistake for someone to make.


Weird weather.

I just got back from downtown Roanoke — you could easily get away with a t-shirt.  It was like this last night too, and earlier this week.  This is the mildest winter I can remember.

This is the end of February, people.  I honestly wonder if we will not get snow in Roanoke this year at all.  I can remember being surprised just a few years ago that I could wear a t-shirt outside at the end of October.

It’s just so striking.

Throwback Thursday: Bazooka gum!!

It was always the cheapest candy at the store — it cost a nickel in the 1980’s, if memory serves.  And you got a free comic strip too, along with a fortune!!  We had an unwritten rule on the street I grew up on — you had to pass the comic around to whatever kids you were with so that they could read it too.

It tasted pretty damned good too.

They actually stopped including the comic strips in 2012, and now there are puzzles in the wrapper.  (Rome burns.)  But now, confusingly, you can buy a “wallet pack” of the gum in which they do include the comics?

I got a bunch of it in my Christmas candy.  That was awesome.


Photo credit: Parka Lewis at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons

He wants you to scratch his belly here, I think.

I just found this picture cleaning out some computer files.  It’s from … 2017, I think?  Was that when we had the locusts?  I don’t know.  I’m losing track of all the various portents and apocalyptic events.

I know the whole raining frogs thing hasn’t happened yet.  That I would have remembered.


Keeping up with the Nolans.

Hey, gang.  If you’re concerned for my sanity and want to monitor my mental health via the safety of your Internet connection, I’ve started a page here at the blog for poetry publications in 2023.

I hope that you are all having a happy Valentine’s Day!