Year of the Snake

As you can tell by the photo caption it is time to celebrate another new year in China. There are twelve designations for Chinese years, Shǔ – Rat, Niú – Ox, Hǔ – Tiger, Tù – Rabbit, Lóng – Dragon, Shé – Snake, Mǎ – Horse, Yáng – Goat, Hóu – Monkey, Jī – Rooster, Gǒu – Dog & Zhū – Pig, and they rotate on a predictable schedule. This year is the year of the Shé or Snake. For the record, I was born in the year of the…

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SCIENCE!

Ah, where to begin today. After the British government attempted to lure women into scientific fields with an ad more demeaning than anything ever released by Victoria’s Secret a group of actual female scientists responded with an ad of their own. Their ad features real scientists having fun with science and dancing to “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” Ladies, there is a career for you in science and it does not require you to do math on a bathroom mirror or wear heels. The fact that I need to…

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Virginia Hates You

It is amazing how diverse our world is. As I sit here this morning, having my first cup of coffee, I am wading through various stories from around the world. A dear friend of my dear friend, Mr. Ron Jeremy, is in the hospital recovering from surgery to remove an aneurysm from his heart. I mean he’s a dear friend to my dear friend. Memo to Ron: you’re supposed to stop living la vida porn star after you turn thirty. Get well soon. In other adult entertainment news, Coco Brown…

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Bro Bowl II

It is that time of year again. The time when manly men do manly things in a manly way so they get through their manly day until they sit down in their manly style and squeal like pre-teen girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Super Bowl Sunday has been doing that to men for 47 years and it shows no sign of relenting. This year’s epic battle features two brothers coaching against each other for the very first time. So why did I call it Bro Bowl II? Because the…

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The Weather Capitol of the World

Happy Candlemas ya’ll. Because this is a deeply religious holiday that relates directly to Jesus’ first visit to the holy temple in Jerusalem millions of Americans will celebrate it by worshiping a rodent and drinking beer. Lots and lots of beer. If they go all out lederhosen and accordions will be involved. Not that I’m complaining, I’m a big fan of beer, but it does seem like an odd way to celebrate something so divinely inspired. Then again look at what happened to Christmas. I guess there’s precedent. Okay, if…

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Communication is Key

There are days where I stare at the universe and say “Really, Universe, that’s your go to move?” It happens when I see stuff that is head slappingly dumb. But before we start our cavalcade of face palms I thought I’d share a hopeful moment. I was on the bus when a young mom and her son, dressed in his full Boy Scout regalia, got on. He was around 10 I would guess. They were headed to some special event. The kid seemed genuinely excited about it whatever it was.…

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