Recently, I moved back to my hometown of Roanoke, having spent the past seven years or so in the New River Valley. Overall, I really like Roanoke. It's not a bad little city, once you figure out where you're going and how to avoid certain traffic spots in certain times of the day. My only … Continue reading A Let Down at the Cinema
When you think of your neighbors, what comes to mind? If you're like me, you probably just think of the people who live in your general vicinity who you never speak to and try to avoid eye contact with if you all happen to be outside at the same time. But that may just be … Continue reading Neighboring
The People You Don’t See
It occurs to me that I have lived in Blacksburg for roughly five years now. And in that time, I've discovered that there are a number of people I've known from high school and college who also live in this, technically, small town. But, in those five years, I have never run into a single … Continue reading The People You Don’t See
Get Off My Lawn!
Like New Girl's Nick Miller, I'm pretty sure I'm aging into my personality very well. In fact, someday, I'll make a very good cantankerous old man. I suppose, it could be argued, that I already make a very good cantankerous old man. And that's fine. Because you're about to get a dose of what I … Continue reading Get Off My Lawn!
Another Season Comes and Goes
I live in a little town called Blacksburg. You may have heard of it. I mean, if you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably read things I've written about it right here. Anyway, you may have heard of it because Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech. Yeah, it's kind of a … Continue reading Another Season Comes and Goes
My Three Dream Homes
It might be safe to say that everyone, at some point in their lives, has had a dream home. It's that house that, for whatever reason, stands out in our minds as the perfect combination of walls, floors, ceilings, and roof. For some, it could be an apartment in a bustling city. For others, it … Continue reading My Three Dream Homes
Why I Love My Town
Kids, I live in a little town called Blacksburg. At times, it doesn't seem that little. That's mostly because it's home to Virginia Tech, which is our state's largest university. Except that it's not... actually... #alternativefacts Anyway, when the students aren't around, Blacksburg definitely has a small town feel. But, really, it doesn't matter if … Continue reading Why I Love My Town
Several years ago... more years than I care to admit... I was sitting around with a friend of mine lamenting some decisions that the powers that be in the city of Roanoke were making. The two of us thought it would be great to run for city council. Though it never happened. I moved to … Continue reading Running
I like looking at license plates. Not so much the standard issue plates, but the vanity plates are awesome. I really like trying to figure out what they mean. Some, I find, are really easy. They basically spell out a person's name or inform you that the driver has eight grandchildren. Some aren't so easy. … Continue reading Plates
Question of the Week #101
An eccentric millionaire offers to donate a large sum to charity if you will step--completely naked--from a car onto a busy downtown street, walk four blocks, and climb back into the car. Knowing that there would be no danger of physical abuse, would you do it? If I have learned anything from my puritanical upbringing, … Continue reading Question of the Week #101