Just because it smells like a skunk doesn’t mean it’s a skunk.

When we bought our house in 2019, I joined Nextdoor to keep tabs on the goings-on in my 'hood. It's mostly just the same group of people complaining about youths running amok or vandalism to their property or the sorry state of education these days or out-of-state newcomers driving up their property taxes. They might … Continue reading Just because it smells like a skunk doesn’t mean it’s a skunk.

It’s like living in a cave, minus the bats.

Tara and I got home from work at the same exact time on Thursday. That almost never happens. When we entered the basement through the garage, it was warm down there. That never, ever happens. Cue the sinking feeling... Our Nest thermostat showed the A/C running. But it was 80 degrees in the house and … Continue reading It’s like living in a cave, minus the bats.

The Least Efficient Method of Not Dying

Driving into work yesterday morning, the sun – although still low on the eastern horizon – seared my face, the threat of a hundred-degree day taking shape already in the still dawn air, testament that unlike the past couple of summers, this one is shaping up to be a doozy in the Pacific Northwest. I … Continue reading The Least Efficient Method of Not Dying

What’s That Weird Buzzing Sound?

$30 Paperweight  I picked up the phone the other day to call my dad, and got a busy signal. That took me aback - when was the last time I'd heard one of those?! It occurred to me then that busy signals also belong on my list of things that are obsolete nowadays. Thankfully, because … Continue reading What’s That Weird Buzzing Sound?