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Monthly Archives: November 2013


Unit and Nothingness

On a different note… 1. On Procedures and Functions In FORTRAN and Pascal and Ada, programming languages that I revelled in long ago, there is a distinction drawn between so-called procedures on the one hand and functions on the other. Both are software constructs for doing some work, but whereas a function calculates a tangible […]

Mercury Rising

…and in the National Gallery of Art, we saw Mercury rising:

White House Garden Tour

Did I tell you about the garden tour? What garden tour? I guess I didn’t tell you. Do you want to know about it? Actually, I… We had gone to Washington, D.C. to visit friends who had moved there. We went to see Melissa and Carlyle and Trudy’s friend Karen who was following her boss […]


Ok, so this isn’t fair. We’re up at 5:45am. Before the rising of the sun. Before the rising of the dogs. We’re out of the house by 6:32. To go running. Six miles for the fair and industrious Trudy. Ten for me, although truth be told, the hills and progression miles took their toll and […]

Afternoon Break

1. No Sign Up It was afternoon. The room was dark. I was starting at the computer screen. I’d been working on this query all day, and it wasn’t coming together. In the hall, some people were talking. Something about coming up from downstairs. Something about not signing in. Something about a chair massage. “What?” I […]

Eight Miles Along the Potomac

1. Out It was 41 degrees, not cold by Washington, D.C. standards for October but cold for a Texan. So although I was wearing running shorts, I also had a jacket, an ear band and gloves to keep my fingers warm. This weekend, we were supposed to run eight. I had originally planned to run […]

After the Fifth

We went for lunch a few blocks down the street from the main office. I was happy to have friends to eat with while I was visiting. We sat in a sunny spot in a glassy corner of the restaurant. After the meal, one of them started telling a story. “I went to a Giants […]

Pink and Chartreuse Socks

1. Jonnie A woman walked away from gate 10. She held a leash, and a pudgy, white, puggish-bullish dog was walking trotting along happily with her. I looked over with at the woman standing next to me. She raised her eyebrows. “I didn’t know you could do that,” she said.  “They were at security when […]

Making It Happen

It had taken months to arrange. In May they started talking. We should have lunch, they said. But time after time, their schedules didn’t mesh. So May gave way to June. And June gave way to summer. And then summer ended and fall arrived and still they had not had lunch. How about breakfast, one […]