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Jack Griswold

Auntie Joann sent us kids an email this morning acknowledging what would have been my father’s 83rd birthday yesterday. He missed out on a bunch of really neat grandchildren. He also missed out on his great-grandchildren. He was a great guy. Too bad he smoked. Bastard.

The Sack Lunches

This came to me from my long-time friend Mark: I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. “I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,” I thought. Just before take-off, a line […]

What’s the opposite of Customer Service (reprise – Comcast this time)

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Edward M. Kennedy 1932-2009

I am considerably sadder today than I might have imagined at the passing of Senator Kennedy. Early this morning as I drove to work, I kept hearing more and more about what he’d done, and it finally started to dawn on me that he’d passed away overnight. I didn’t always agree with his politics, though […]

The 2009 Deviled Egg Fiasco

We’re going to a family reunion today, for my mother’s side of the family (the Wadsworth side) although the Wadsworths are pretty much extinct at this point, so it’s really the family of my mother’s half-sister who is organizing it. No matter. I figured “What is more family reunion-ish than deviled eggs?” They’ve always been […]

What’s the opposite of Customer Service?

Please just follow along… John: I used my debit card at dinner last night, and my wife used hers at a grocery store later in the evening. This morning at breakfast, my card was denied. I went to the local ATM a few hours later to get some cash, and again, the card was denied. […]

That’s just bullshit, Mr. President

OK, I was ready to hold my tongue on this one, but Mr. Obama just pissed me off in supporting Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The police officer investigating a report of “a black man breaking into a house” went to the house and found a black man inside. Said black man, when asked for ID, […]

Memorial Day 2009

Given that Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who gave their all in defending our country, I have a deep and abiding respect for it. But I broaden my definition, as do most, to extend to remembrance of loved ones who have gone before us. I’d like to visit my parents’ graves, but […]

Edna May Wadsworth Griswold 1929-1984

Just got an email from Aunt Joann mentioning that tomorrow would have been Mom’s 80th birthday. We still miss you, Ed.

“Home”

Wasn’t it Thomas Wolfe who penned “You Can’t Go Home Again”? I think so. That point was made clear this past weekend. We’d been out to my sister’s house for Easter, and rather than take a direct route (moi?) home, I decided to drive through my old home town. While much of it has retained […]