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Long Shrift
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Some strange things had been going on next door, and we had our suspicions. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Long Shrift
High praise from my son, I think. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Long Shrift
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Granted, there are a few times when I've thought about shooting Uncle Jerry. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Long Shrift
I read a tweet where someone joked about being a seventh-day agnostic, which made me chuckle. But then I realized that I don't know much about Seventh-Day Adventists. After exhaustive research - that is, visiting Wikipedia - I came to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Long Shrift
The little clock radio that could. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2012 at Long Shrift
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Each member of our family carves their own jack-o-lantern. I went nerdier than usual this year: If you work with databases, you'd think this was scary too. Null is a state of nothingness - for example, a numeric field might... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Long Shrift
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A few weeks ago, an organization in our neighborhood announced that they would be putting Raiders of the Lost Ark on a big screen in a local park. I was giddy: my son had never seen it, but being a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Long Shrift
"I have a new girlfriend," our son announced at dinner. Love among second graders is complicated, so I asked: "Really? Does she know that she's your girlfriend?" "Oh yes, I told her," he said. "I told her boldly." "Good man,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Long Shrift
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As usual, some crying on the first day of school. But I think I managed to be more restrained this year. Also, my wife left me a note in my lunch: Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Long Shrift
Today, I put my Eagle in an envelope and sent it back to the BSA. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Long Shrift
Quinn was eating his lunch when he suddenly looked up and said, in a strange accent, "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man." "What's that about?" I asked. "You don't know everything about me," he said, and went back to his soup. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Long Shrift
I come from a long, proud line of men who have no idea what they're doing. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at Long Shrift
I started taking jujutsu classes about six months ago, and I'm enjoying it. The classes were not exactly what I expected; for example, one of the biggest challenges has been redefining some of my boundaries of personal space. And I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Long Shrift
We heard a story about a friend of ours who was almost born in a car on the way to the hospital. The next day, we were sharing the story with Quinn, who had a lot of questions, like what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Long Shrift
Maybe giving the boy my old cell phone wasn't a good idea. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Long Shrift
I'm new to using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and I've just started putting together simple reports. I recently had to create a report that had two parameters, and the user needed to have the option to choose a value... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Long Shrift
Quinn has some good news and some bad news. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Long Shrift
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We were boxing up a few gifts to mail to my nieces and nephew. There was a box in the basement that was the perfect size; formerly it had held half a case of beer. I held it up to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Long Shrift
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Long Shrift
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This is not exactly what the brochure promised. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Long Shrift
We were listening to the Avett Brothers in the car when 'January Wedding' came on. We wondered about this verse: And I was sick with heartache And she was sick like Audrey Hepburn when I met her But we would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Long Shrift
There have certainly been some memorable moments from Quinn's baseball season. It's impressive how much the kids have improved; some who could barely swing a bat at the beginning of the season are now getting the ball out of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Long Shrift
Everybody has a friend who is habitually late. For me, that would be my friend Lupe. In college, he'd be the last one through the classroom door. He was late to parties. He was late to my wedding, showing up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Long Shrift
In which I do some yard work which results in some physical, and likely emotional, scarring. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Long Shrift
I ran into my neighbor out back. I was throwing out a kitchen-size garbage bag of used cat litter; he was parking his Harley in his garage. The jealousy in the air was palpable. But hey, if he wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Long Shrift