Thoughts Of A Free Man

Saturday, March 1, 2008

What Is the Appeal of Drinking?

What is the appeal of drinking? I think the appeal of alcoholic beverages is the ability to transform yourself from who you are into a more uninhibited version of yourself. That is why alcohol is considered the great stimulator of conversation and tends to make people, especially those addicted to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski: A Review

Henry Miller said that a good book is only important to you if you read it at the right time in your life (which is why no one, in the history of ever, has actually liked reading Edmund Spencer’s Fairie Queene ). I suppose that a cold, grey February in middle Tennessee was a good time and place for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Last Hurrah On The Open Road

She was a girl who I explored the rocks and waterfalls with back in that Tennessee college hill town. Drunk on sparkling wine from Spain, eating the frozen strawberries straight from their soggy cardboard carton. The last time I saw her was in 2002. We met at the mission in San Louis Obispo and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pre-mature Roadtrippin'

Well, I put in my two week notice at my job with the State yesterday and since I wasn't doing anything I just good graces. "If you don't wind up likin' this tree business give me a holler and we might can find a place in a field office. I know being downtown ain't for everbody." Damn sure... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Days of Playboy and the Communist Threat

Well, since I bemoaned the loss (but sort of re-discovery) of vinyl in my last post I will continue with my change is not always good theme. I'll talk about Playboy magazine. Yesterday after a night of poor decisions brought about by alcohol, availability and proximity (the classic formula for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Technology Is A Scam

I've just discovered there is a war for the DVD market: blu-ray vs. HD DVD. The bad part is my four year old DVD player will likely play one but not the other and possibly neither. And I thought it the DVD was the end all be all and I'd never have to worry about shifting formats ever again. Oh well.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Lounge Singers and Birds of Prey

It was a good SuperBowl, it was a good weekend. Saturday in middle Tennessee was about as beautiful as weather gets…bright sun and 55 farenheit degrees. It was a day for riding around with the windows down, which I did in ample measure. I woke up feeling good and took Maze Dog back to my parents... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 2, 2008


Well, since my last post proved that some people would rather protect dogs at the expense of children I will move on to a less contoversial topic. (I will say people who disagreed with me here were more articulate and overall more civil than the mass of anonymous commentors I got on Blogger). So be... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pit Bulls and Roasted Garlic

I just finished eating a good dinner tonight, a winter supper that smacks of the freezer and cans. I fried salmon in the manner I've described on here in the past and steamed some green beans and had a big chunk of colby-jack cheese and triscuits. But the special item tonight was the roasted garlic... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thoughts On Plastic Bags and More Stuff

This morning I see on the news that Whole Foods Market is doing away with plastic bags. Good riddance. There isn’t much that has so negatively impacted the aesthetic beauty and waste stream management of our planet more than the plastic bag. I’ve seen them floating all over the worlds oceans,... Sign in to see full entry.

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