Archive for March, 2006


One of the first memories I have of my Dad is crawling underneath the “tent” he made with his leg. I was small enough and he was big enough that being under a bent leg was considered a tent. This was most likely at our house on Franklin Street. My dad was a big man. […]

Interview Round II

I made it to the second session of grantee interviews last night, out in Mt. Pleasant. We interviewed six grant-seekers over at three hour period. The segregation of Cleveland proper was really brought home to me during this time. The Neighborhood Connections GMMC is quite a diverse bunch of people, and by necessity. Also by […]

Jungfrukällan [The Virgin Spring]

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #321: Ingmar Bergman’s Jungfrukällan [The Virgin Spring]. The Virgin Spring is based on a Swedish ballad called “Töre’s Daughter in Vänge” that, for the life of me, I cannot find online [although it is available as part of the liner notes for the Criterion edition of […]

Hazardous Waste Spill

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National Poetry Month doesn’t start for another week, but I’m already psyched. I don’t think I’m going to have a haiku or poetry contest this year, since entries have tailed off significantly since I was in college, but I will once again do my poem-a-day thing that I started last year. I feel like I’ve […]


My apartment currently looks like what most people expect a bachelor’s apartment to look like. It is in post-sickness disaster recovery mode right now. That means that I’ve picked up all of the sopping handkerchiefs and thrown away all the snotty tissue. I’ve yet to wash all of the sticky with dried orange juice dishes […]


I don’t write here because I think that my life and thoughts are important, but sometimes I wonder if I write here to make myself think that my life and thoughts are important. It is a small change. They are removing the ceiling tiles and doing electrical work in the office, the result is a […]

Question Day!

I haven’t done one of these in a while. Ask me any question about any topic and I will intrepidly endeavor to answer it.

St. Patrick’s Day 2006

I took the day off of work and went downtown for some beers and the parade. I didn’t have anyone to go with, so I did it on my own. I also rode my bike, which wasn’t as bad of an idea as I’d feared. I stopped by Flannery’s, which appeared to have a much […]

A Night to Remember

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #7: Roy Baker’s A Night to Remember. This is a film where I’m going to talk nearly as much about the Criterion DVD as much as the film itself. Or maybe not. But it bears mentioning that the commentary on this release comes from two Titanic […]

GMMC Grant Culling

Last night, after chowing down on some great Cambodian food from the West Side Market, the Neighborhood Connections Grant-Making and Monitoring Committee met again for the first round of grant proposal analysis. Our sub-group had 39 proposals submitted and 24 slots to fill, and it took us about three hours to get through them all. […]

Why Dominion East Ohio Sucks

The gas company only comes around every six months or so to check my meter reading. The rest of the time they overestimate my usage and charge me about $200 a month in gas for living in a one bedroom apartment. We’re encouraged to do the gas man’s work for him by reading and submitting […]

Training Day ?

I haven’t run consistently in weeks. Here are the excuses: I’ve been reading through 41 grant proposals. I’ve been directing my energies toward job searching. Running is destroying my knees. See? I don’t have very many of them. This is why having someone to run with is important. You don’t want to let them down […]

F for Fake

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #288: Orson Welles’s F for Fake. This is a movie about charlatans and hanky-panky men, charismatic liars and magicians. It is something like a documentary but one in which a con man tells you he is a con man and is so good that he cons […]


This promises to cover lots of ground in leaps and bounds. I am once again having the same troubles with agency that I’ve been having all my life. The first reading at Mass yesterday was the story of Abraham and Isaac, one which has caused no end of problems for no end of thoughtful persons […]

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #300: Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I don’t like Wes Anderson films for the same reason I don’t like Quentin Tarantino films and the same reason I don’t like most of my poetry. It is all too referential. Yet, The Life Aquatic with […]

Credit Card

Today is a good day. It only took me two and a half years, but I’ve finally managed to pay off the credit card debt I racked up while working for peanuts on Into the Fire, moving to Cleveland, and wrecking my car. Now I can start paying back my mom what I owe her […]

Grandpa Berkshire

“Boots eats it, and he don’t like it.” was one of my grandpa’s favorite sayings. For the longest time, I had no idea what the hell it meant. I mean, I understood it, but it made no sense to me. I thought Boots [whoever the hell he was] was pretty stupid for eating something that […]


heartbeat hear  eart h      beat      be he r  ear   art      bea    r    t he hea t I woke up in the dead of night, and for once it was completely silent. No changes in air pressure from the furnace causing the ductwork to flex, no rattle of my upstairs neighbor’s furnace, no truck rumbles from 490 or creaks […]

The Iron Giant

I watched The Iron Giant last evening. I’m a huge fan of animation and had heard good things about this movie, so it surely took me long enough to get around to seeing it. It is a good movie and while the plot is typical kid movie fare, the art is very well done, and […]

Psychological Warfare

I’m trying to come up with effective ways to get this place at which I interviewed last week to hire me. I woke up Sunday morning with the idea to make a Flash infomercial showcasing my talents. It was only the third time I’d used Flash, and hopefully the end result didn’t look too PowerPointy. […]

Stop Cleveland

Since the local media is going through its monthly “Cleveland has a self-esteem problem” schtick, I thought I’d point out something that makes me wrysmile every time I see it. Cleveland stop signs provide a subliminal negative message. They all say “Stop Cleveland.” Yes, the “Cleveland” is very very small, but that only makes the […]

Grant Proposals

I received over a ream of Neighborhood Connections grant proposals by courier yesterday. I have a week and a half to review 41 proposals from Clevelanders who have ideas for improving their neighborhoods. And here I thought I was running out of stuff to read. I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

Tremont Laundromat Take n

Recently I’ve been doing my laundry in the evenings, and there is always a very old lady playing lottery with scratch off tickets the entire time I’m there. It doesn’t matter which day, or what time, she’s there. She only scratches off one ticket at a time, then leaves the table in the laundromat, goes […]

The Man Who Fell To Earth

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #304: Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. Musee des Beaux Arts About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully […]

Training Day 58

I had an unintentional week off from running, mainly due to being back in the Bend, but also with job related business. I was supposed to run 7 miles today and I got in 5.5 before my left calf went Gordian on me. Stretch, test-run, walk::wash, rinse, repeat. I gotta just take my time and […]

Holy Ash Wednesday, Batman!

Ash Wednesday kind of snuck up on my this year. I hadn’t given much thought to what I’m going to do to improve myself this Lent. I think that this year I will try to be less of a smartass for these forty days, and going forward. Additionally, I won’t purchase any extraneous merchandise for […]