Monthly Archives: January 2012

DaVinci’s Pizza, Knoxville TN, Thursday Jan 5

Attention, Knoxville Residents. Chris Ruberg and I will be playing at DaVinci’s Pizza in the Old City in Knoxville Thursday, Jan 5. Come on down. We’ll be playing the songs you love plus some that we wrote. We’re starting at … Continue reading

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A New Time-Space Continuum

For a long while I thought it made sense to have the blog post dates reflect the date of the story that I was posting. I made the decision at first because I thought that it made more sense for … Continue reading

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In Which I Meet Real Hobos

I awoke in Houston in the posh hotel room supplied by an old friend. It was a pretty long way from Houston to New Orleans, about 350 miles, and I wanted to get an early start. A little way out … Continue reading

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Any Tips for Key West?

I enjoyed my travels in Walden and seeing lots of nouns, you know, people, places and things. Though I got better at finding places to park Walden and even talk to people, the constant motion did eventually start wearing on … Continue reading

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Real Live Hobos, Continued

In case you missed it, in a previous post I described picking up four hobos, honest to God hobos, the kind that usually ride on, you know, trains. They were traveling with their two dogs. This post describes some of … Continue reading

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Making the Move to WordPress

A few weeks ago I switched from Drupal to WordPress. They are both ways that a Normal Person can create web sites. I started using Drupal in about 2004. Compared to editing static HTML pages, Drupal was really fantastic. If … Continue reading

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Dropping Off the Hobos

This is a multi-part post. You’ll need to scroll down or otherwise find a way to read In Which I Meet Real Hobos and Real Live Hobos, Continued for this post to make much sense. I usually try to have … Continue reading

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Hobo Skin Art

I tried to get some good photos of the hobos. They all had tattoos on their faces and they had all just gotten new tattoos on their knuckles. I, of course, first became familiar with knuckle tats on the Blues … Continue reading

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What am I?

“What are you, a semi-retired college professor?” asked a high school friend whom I have not seen in many years, And then I realized. I don’t really know what I am. When I explain who I am to people I … Continue reading

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I Love New Orleans

I arrived in New Orleans on a Saturday night. I was visiting a friend who was one of the first people I met when I moved to Knoxville to be a professor. She was one of the first people I … Continue reading

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Why I’m Spending a Month in Ecuador

I have a cousin whose husband has a job in Ecuador for about two and a half years. I went to visit her with another cousin and her family last June. I had planned to return to Ecuador for ten … Continue reading

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A Temporary End to the Journey

The Monday before Thanksgiving, I left New Orleans. I bid my dear friend farewell as she went off to work. Central Grocery was still closed, so I went to a local supermarket and bought three of them there. It was … Continue reading

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Oh, Yeah. I Went to Madrid

In a recent post I said that I didn’t do anything interesting between Thanksgiving and mid-January. That’s not really true. I went to Madrid and stayed with three college girls. It was, in fact, pretty interesting. I have a cousin … Continue reading

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When Three Weeks Isn’t Enough Time for a Trip

I had planned to go to Key West for January. I heard it was warm there. Almost everyone to whom I have mentioned Key West makes it sound like a magical place. I have gotten involved in a project that … Continue reading

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Crossing the Ocean

A couple hours into the flight to Madrid, in spite of a prescription chemical designed to induce drowsiness, I still wasn’t asleep. The woman sharing our pair of seats by the window returned from the bathroom and noticed that there … Continue reading

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First Night in Madrid

I had arrived in Madrid and, after some delay located my cousin, Jenny. After hugs, hellos, and I’m-so-glad-I-finally-found-you’s, Jenny explained that a cab would be about fifty Euros and that the subway was about five. Somewhat to her surprise, I … Continue reading

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El Escorial

The plan was to get moving by 10:45 to get the train to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It was an hour or so away on a train. Well, 11:00 rolled around and not a creature … Continue reading

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A Week at the Beach

My goals for this little trip to the beach were to get the guts to get gigs playing guitar and to talk to the same person more than once. Though meeting and talking to people is easier for me than … Continue reading

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A Night in Madrid

This post is from back in December when I was in Madrid visiting my cousin. I’m in Florida. After we returned from El Escorial I think we took naps. Napping is essential when you stay out way past midnight. Especially … Continue reading

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Everything Happens for a Reason

In 2010 I lost my job, my house, and most of my worldly possessions. These events were bookended by having my heart broken and putting down my dog. “Everything happens for a reason,” some might say. And it is true … Continue reading

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