Missing 8

Requiescat In Pace, Jeremy Howze, 1971-2021. As I was writing my last post a month ago, my eldest cousin Jeremy was hours away from his last breath. He passed that evening from complications due to COVID-19. He leaves behind his wife Shanelle, daughter Paige, and stepson. He is preceded by his father Danny, stepmother Sally, …

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 …

Dark Shack QRT

This weekend is ARRL Field Day, and for the first time since picking up the amateur radio hobby, I’m just not feeling it. I don’t think I’ll be charging up any batteries and raising temporary antennas at my home just so I can struggle to get on the air and be heard. Not this year. …

Architecture is Fate

Some part of me can’t wait to return to the office. It sounds strange, yes, but if you consider that my work-from-home desk is in my bedroom, it makes sense. During the weekdays, I spend something like 80% of my day in my bedroom, between sleeping, working, eating during breaks, and playing with radios. Most …