If Only It Paid Better

Reflective photo on the trainA couple of years ago my kids and I took the train to the County Fair. Along the way I took an impromptu photo of my son as the train paused on the tracks. It was unplanned and quickly taken with my iPhone camera; 1st generation iPhone at that! I liked the photo.
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Hurting A Friend Sucks

For the past few days I’ve been absent from the online world; Twitter, Facebook, online dating sites, IM, everything.  I had a lot on my mind after my not-as-anonymous-as-I-would-like Twitter account was found by a friend of mine, and her realization that a tweet I had made was about her; a not so flattering tweet.  The tweet hurt her feelings, and that upset me.  So for the past few days I’ve been busy considering what to do with my identity — keep it or let the whole thing go — and trying to figure out if this whole “writing a blog” thing was worth it. Read more of this post

Algebra In The Dating World

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by someone much younger than myself; a 20 year-old, who we’ll call TY.  I figured this must be some kind of spammer, Nigerian 419 scam, or someone with “services available to a generous gentleman”, because seriously I cannot picture a 20 year-old attempting reach out to me.  So I played along and replied to the e-mails.  It was all too perfect: she lived in my town, she’s just looking for new “friends”, and according to her my profile made it seem like “it would be fun to get together”.  Uh huh.  A total scam.  Having worked in then computer security field I was very careful not to reveal any identifiable information about myself: I have alternate e-mail aliases, IM accounts, means to text message, and even a different phone number to give out if that were ever necessary.  So lets play.

I know what you’re doing tonight

I remember a discussion I had with roommates years ago about who was going to run to the store and pick-up a couple of things: toilet paper (the necessity) and Oreo cookies (the “while you’re there”).  None of us wanted to be the ones to face the cashier and get that look of “I know you’re here because you need to poop, and wanted dessert.”  I lost that day, and I got that look.  I got a similar look again today.  Actually…it was spoken.

Ran to the store today because, well, once again my household was almost out of TP.  But while I was there, there were a few more things to get:

More than just TP

The receipt is for:

Tortilla
Home Bath Tissue
Reddi Wip
Ball Funnel
Wholecare Rawhide
Wyder’s Cider 6pk
Newcastle 12 pk
Milagro Tequila

Of course it was one of the regular cashiers, who I’ve had casual conversations with before and knows that I’m a single-dad.  “So, kids are gone and it’s party time in the single-dad’s house tonight?  Looks like you’re going to have a great time.”  The look alone would’ve been good enough.

If only I had needed condoms too.