Category Archives: The Modern Condition

“I think we just delivered the South to the Republican party for a long time to come”

Did LBJ really say this? Maybe yes, maybe no. Bill Moyers claims he did. If you Google it, you will likely find two types of results: those that use the quote without citation, and those that say it’s a myth. … Continue reading

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on “I think we just delivered the South to the Republican party for a long time to come”

The Millennial Mind

Overheard in the Y locker room: “What if K.C. went ahead and left without us?” “He didn’t.” “How do you know?” “I have his phone in my pocket.” (Cf. Forgotten Baby Syndrome)

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on The Millennial Mind

Life, part two

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Life, part two

Life, part one

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Life, part one

Mixed signals?

The welcome board at the gym today read: Congratulations! You’re doing laps while the others are taking naps! I’m not sure that message has the intended consequence.

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Mixed signals?

Off-menu Specials at the Dentist

It’s National Dental Hygienist Week, which happened to coincide with my regular checkup. After the usual digging and scraping came the standard question, “What flavor do you want today?  Orange, mint, or strawberry?”, none of which struck me as appealing. … Continue reading

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Off-menu Specials at the Dentist

Opportunity Calls

Like a lot of people, we have one of those home phones that announces the caller id when the phone rings.  Like a lot of people, we get robocalls. “CANCER! SOCK!” “POLICE! BENIFF!” “UNASSIGNED!” “ZERO!” and so on. Today the … Continue reading

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Opportunity Calls

And Get Off My Lawn!

Springtime, and I go to the store to get a new air filter and spark plug for the old lawnmower.  As I’m heading out to the shed, CVH asks what I’m doing. “I need to gap the new spark plug … Continue reading

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on And Get Off My Lawn!

You’ve got to be kidding

Today I noticed that my dental floss has an expiration date stamped on the package.  I mean, really – if a Twinkie can last thirty years, why can’t my floss last two?

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on You’ve got to be kidding

Vance Packard is alive and well

A while back, the paper towel people came up with a great idea: pick-a-size.  They started perforating their sheets at half size.  This, I felt, was a great boon to us paper towel users.  Almost always, unless the dog has … Continue reading

Posted in The Modern Condition | Comments Off on Vance Packard is alive and well