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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Drivers License Renewal Time

I blocked off the entire afternoon to renew my driver’s license today, assuming it would take hours. Last time I was able to renew online, but this time I had to come in person. Still, they have this online system where they send you your time slot. After I registered, I got a text saying to […]

Voice from the Past

Saturday morning at the SFC Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market. We had eaten our Taco Deli breakfast tacos. And we had a dozen eggs in our bag. We were on the crushed granite path between two rows of vendor booths. As we walked slowly along, we passed a Capital Metro booth, and I stopped, because … […]

Spousal Dependency

The fair and industrious Trudy clears the dining room table, making room for her computer and the stack of paperwork necessary for the annual ritual of doing the taxes. “Honey?” she asks. I am sitting in the other room reading about vector space direct sums and thinking about cosets, because I’ve never been happy with […]

Park Day

1. Pocket Park Sometimes it happens in the spring sometimes in the fall, but it never happens in the summer. This weekend Trudy marshaled her energies and gathered folks for our neighborhood’s contribution to Austin’s It’s My Park Day.   A fledgling park down the street was born recently when the city bought several parcels of land […]

Mr. Loudmouth

1. A Moon/Venus False Start The thinest possible slice of moon was hanging in the western sky next to the brightly shimmering light of Venus. Both were shrouded in a foggy mist, and the black sky of night was glowing with globular halos around both… Wait. You don’t want to hear about this. This is […]