I told my mom recently that I had gotten a reel mower to cut the grass in the smallish yard my wife and I have. Once I explained what a reel mower was—it's such an outdated item—she mentioned that her dad had one of those, too, when she was kid—in the 1950s. That's when I… Continue reading Andy gets reel about mowing
I saw a homemade sign stuck to a lamppost yesterday that told of someone's lost cat. I thought about how scary it would be to be lost and how the cat's person (I don't like to use the word owner) feels having a pet lost. It's probably worse for the human than the cat in… Continue reading I hope you find your cat
In 2015 director Steven Spielberg said something that has stuck with me: "... There will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns." Westerns, which I enjoy, were mainly popular in… Continue reading In preserving the superhero genre, women will save the day
I always seem to get comments from the people around me whenever I get a haircut. Some people compliment me, and some people—in a harmless, good-natured way that I enjoy—call me "cue ball" or ask me if I'm enlisting. I'll let my hair grow for a while—maybe a few months—and then get it cut super… Continue reading Hey, Andy, did you get a haircut? Me: I got them all cut
Aside from a scenario in which Katniss is separated from both my wife and me for more than 10 minutesº—OK, 10 seconds—surrounded by vacuum cleaners, and *gasp* out of food and water, what is surely her worst nightmare¹, and maybe your dog's, too, is the July 4 weekend. As in right now. It's not that… Continue reading Independence Day: My dog’s personal hell
I bought a watch recently that I thought I would wear more as an accessory than a timepiece. It’s a Timex from Target, about as inexpensive of a watch as one can get, with a red (of course) band that is far more comfortable to wear than my Soviet watch. Being a somewhat anxious person, the newer watch has served an unintended purpose: It helps me focus and stay in the present.