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The Democratic People's Soviet Socialist Republic of Spritopiastan.
Interests: weblogs, writing, politics, religion
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It’s been four months since my last trip to IKEA. I needed something to reorganize my closet and my shoes. I subscribe to the idea that one shouldn’t have to move more than one thing to get to another and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Caustically Optimistic
With great t-shirts comes great responsibly. I avoid responsibility. Maybe it’s the Asperger’s or maybe its just plain old American misanthropy but I was tempted the other day to lose weight and switch to plain color t-shirts from Gap or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
“You’re good with words,” is something that I hear a great deal but I am pretty sure the person saying it to me means, “your good with words.” Not unlike the phrase, “say something funny,” “you’re good with words,” is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
“You’re good with words,” is something that I hear a great deal but I am pretty sure the person saying it to me means, “your good with words.” Not unlike the phrase, “say something funny,” “you’re good with words,” is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
I spend too much time on the phone at work and while I’m on the phone waiting for someone to pick up I read Buzzfeed. There are too many lists of things you should never say to different demographics. I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
I’ve been trying to come up with my response to the ‘debate’ that happened at the Creation Museum here in Kentucky. Even as I write this I feel like I am banging my head against a wall and not making... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
How many of us have a fantasy of running into that bully from junior or senior high school and showing that jerk how great life has gotten on without them? I can’t say I’ve fantasized about it but I have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
I had plans this Saturday night; I swear I did. Those plans fell apart. In other news, my coworkers are all out seeing a cover band. They’ve been talking about it for two weeks and they’ve been talking about it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
Right now I am positive that Pintrest is a veritable cornucopia of ideas for what to do entertain your progeny while school is canceled during the polar vortex. I will suspend my normal unhelpful, sardonic comments about how I know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
So far, I’ve lived up to all of my 2014 resolutions except the one about drinking more bourbon. I have included more whiskey but in my effort to learn more about my new home and the local products I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
I like to get things in the mail so when I was invited to send a company a rather large sum of money to receive samples in the mail once a month I was on it. Everyone likes getting a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
Spritopias is now following Pandionna
Jan 2, 2014
I wish people would make their resolutions for the New Year with what might actual happen in their year: eat a lot of junk food, argue with people on Facebook, look at new and more disgusting types of pornography on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Caustically Optimistic
This has been going around Facebook. One is to pick eight to ten books they think are important. My list is both longer and shorter than I was instructed because I don’t like to do what I’m told when told... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
One of the greatest comforts in my life is the knowledge that no matter what I am going through, no matter the struggle there is someone who has been through that struggle and someone who is going through that struggle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
I make a lot of money some months, really it’s obscene, and some months I don’t. I’m always dressed like I’m golfing. Sure, there are days where I’ll break out the suit and tie and when it’s reasonably cold enough... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
I am exhausted and when I am exhausted I become even more cantankerous than normal by my standards. Insomnia has won this round. The air-conditioning isn’t working so I can’t even lie still in the bed. I’ve finished one book... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
I’m probably the only person honest enough to say this, or the only person unafraid of the social repercussions of saying this. The only things I have to offer the world are hard work and honesty. Facebook has changed the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
Nine years ago, when my grandmother lay dying in a hospital in New Jersey the scene wasn’t pretty. As a pensioner she was in a terrible hospital, being taken care of by people who didn’t care too much if they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
We’ve all commiserated on that friend we have that we pick up with after years of separation as if we were never parted. Leaving Phoenix and retiring from teaching were the right choices but the right choice isn’t always easy.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
This weekend I went to the Grand Canyon. I have a month left in Arizona and I want to make the most of it. I went by myself because no one seemed to really want to go and there isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
I hope for days that are uneventful. Maybe a student says something clever or I say something funny during carpool but mostly I just hope for a day that is so painfully ordinary that they pass without mention. Now my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
A long time ago, in the Midwest far, far away I was either in graduate school or student teaching but definitely adjudicating a debate round at a tournament run by Susan where, for the sake of argument, I was defined... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Caustically Optimistic
Since moving back to Phoenix I’ve found another wrinkle in the fabric of American English, as odious to me as, “just sayin’’ or, “got.” I’m too judgmental and I need to work on that but when someone says to me,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Caustically Optimistic
I’m coining a word for you because I need to find a way to address a problem. The best way to address a problem is to first label said problem and then demonize the evildoers. Shame brings people in line... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Caustically Optimistic