Entries by Christopher

On Memorial Day

I’ve studied too much history and read too many accounts to share in the jingoism and nationalism exhibited by others on days like today.

“To Live, Not To Exist”

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not […]

N&W 611, Finally Fired Up

Yesterday I made my way up to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for their Sendoff Celebration for the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s N&W Class J 611. Since May 2014, the 611 has been at Spencer, undergoing its much anticipated restoration after twenty long years in hibernation. For someone like me who grew up enamored […]

The Parting Glass

I’ve had the same piece of music stuck on perpetual repeat in my head for the past three days or so. At least it’s a nice selection. Of all the money, e’er I had, I spent it in good company, And all the harm I have ever done, ‘Alas it was to none but me. […]

A Marathon in Westeros

I don’t read series very often, so I consider it quite the feat for over half of my very first 9,000-page year to be technically the same story.

A Banner Year for Reading

It looks like 2014 is to set a solid personal record for the number of pages I have read. Chalk it up to reading all seven books of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and (so far) the first four books of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series this year. I’m now on A Song of Ice […]

One Of Those Days

I often lend some technical and musical assistance at a local church. In today’s case, the DVD drive in an aging computer they leave in their chapel was failing. So, I ordered a cheap replacement and went to install it today. A theoretical twenty minute job. If only… The first things I noticed on opening the old […]

The Georgian Alps

Yes, you read that correctly. Day Three has been spent in the charming, if touristy, town of alpine Helen, GA. A German-themed town is hardly something one would expect to find in the middle of the Georgia hills, yet here it is.

“God Bless America”

Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America” is one of the most hauntingly accurate commentaries on modern America I’ve seen. And it’s all done under the guise of over-the-top humor. Not for the overly sensitive, though.