Notes from a Pandemic

Drive like there is a shortage of partsTravel like there are no rental carsEat like the store shelves are thinDine out like the staff has no insuranceConserve as if the grid could failShare as if the neighbors have nothingExercise as though the ERs are infectiousMask up as though the ICUs are fullCall like they can’t …

Parable of the Flood

A man and his home are under threat of a terrible flood. As the nearby river overflows its banks and fills his yard, the man’s neighbors come by on a tractor and ask if he would evacuate with them. “No thanks,” he answers, “I believe God will save me.” His neighbors nod and drive away …

Dry Noodles

Listening to sex podcasters talk about sex with sexy people who have lots of sex is interesting…but empty. It’s like reading food writers who write about Italian food with Italian chefs who make lots of Italian food for Italians. It’s just unsatisfying, like a picture of food in a menu. I mean, I guess I …

Alonesgiving

On a typical year, I travel home to Texarkana to spend time with my family during the Thanksgiving holiday, since most jobs guarantee time off for a large chunk of days. So, of the past 20 years living here, I’ve spent the holiday in Austin maybe three times. I’ve not been to a Friendsgiving orphan …