So, during The Present Unpleasantness, it’s only natural that we all have our moments of madness, if that’s not too strong a term for it. I started my Lockdown with a flurry of buying “wacky” t-shirts from Facebook ads. I am a thrill seeker and I live for the danger. Then, between the anxiety spikes … Continue reading The Classic
In these strangest of times, even a post on a street has an opinion.
Most of us like to think we’re not easily influenced by others around us. We are clear thinkers. We are strong-minded individuals. The billions spent on advertising every year is aimed at other people, not at us. I believe this with all my heart. And I know it is not even a little bit true. … Continue reading On the Kalimotxo
I imagine the office conversation went something like: "OK, team, there are no wrong answers in brainstorming. This subdivision has a cat theme. Give me some street names..."
January 2021 was a notable month in American history. I won’t pretend that what was going on in our house was anywhere near as important as national events - but they certainly hit home just as hard. When you find rat poop under your sofa, the wider world loses focuses, just for a second. Yes, … Continue reading On Vermin
I hate when it turns out that I represent an unimpressive negative national stereotype. But here it is: I can’t complain. If I have bad service, my revenge is to never go to that place again Or, at least, give them just one more chance, dammit. I don’t even do bad online reviews. Not anymore. … Continue reading Doggy DNA Part 3
I am not a great scientist. Let me put that out there first. At school, when it came to choosing which science I would focus on for the final two years of compulsory schooling (14-16), I chose physics, because that’s what boys did. Girls went for biology; mad scientists and bomb-makers chose chemistry. I didn’t … Continue reading On Doggy DNA, part 2
We have previously discussed the fascinating sociological issue of the secret pug-lovers societies dotted around the US (and, most likely, beyond). Having our three puppers means that we instantly, and without any option to opt out, have an entry into this cabal. And yet. Look at them. I look at these faces every day and … Continue reading On Doggy DNA
As the great Tom Selleck’s character Peter observed in 3 Men and a Baby, it doesn’t matter what you say to a baby, “it’s the tone you use.” And so this is how to talk to the baby. Agreeing with her observations in cheerful, supportive voices. “Dog,” she might proclaim, sticking a tiny, damp finger up … Continue reading On Lying to Small Children
Look, we're not born knowing how to do everything. Some things needs to be learned. How to dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have, for example. Or when to laugh at a Shakespeare comedy on a school trip (answer: when your teacher does). And, for me, it was beards. Oh, … Continue reading On Beards