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I've worked for a big multi-national, lived abroad for several years, travelled a lot, now in politics. Married once but separated; no kids. Generally utilitarian except for minority rights.


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OCTOBER 25, 2011 8:13PM

In Over My Head, Part 2 - Tamara – The Line

            In Part 1, the Hook, I wrote of how I came to be involved with Tamara, the smart, successful beauty of Eastern Europe heritage and New York upbringing.


          Tolstoy wrote &ldqRead full post »

          “I don’t have any clothes on”.

          That got my attention.  I’d been curious to meet her.  I had just been transferred to our European division after five yearsRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 8:51AM

The Most Incredible Night in Baseball - Ever

          OK.  A lot of folks aren’t baseball fans, or even sports fans.  But you do appreciate that many of your fellow citizenry are.  And whether the home team or the favorite team wins or lose means a lot.

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AUGUST 31, 2011 8:44AM

Obama and the Duke of Plaza-Toro

          Now that Qadaffi has been overthrown, there've been some articles about Obama’s approach, described by an unnamed staffer as “leading from behind”.  See for example, Anne Applebaum’s Slate article here.  Well, ObRead full post »

NOTE: This was getting too long so I’d broken into two parts.  Then I got stuck on the "after" part.  And since this had been hanging around for several days...


          I needed a break after second year.  University was pasRead full post »

AUGUST 3, 2011 8:18AM

Vacation, Finally

          I do like my job but there’s been too much of it.  No let-up since last fall.  Best I’ve been able to do is a handful of long weekends (including Christmas) offset by half-days most Saturdays and a few Sundays too.  SoRead full post »

          It’s easy enough to confuse them.  All great guitarists of the same era (birth years 1943, 1944 and 1945) whose critical and peer acclaim exceeded their mass popularity.  Having seen the Woodstock movie several times, I was well aRead full post »

          One of the many qualities I’ve enjoyed at OS is encountering so many kindred spirits.  While that applies to esthetic and life/morality topics, it seems especially true of political leanings.  Off the top of my head I’d reckRead full post »

jane’s Open Call can be found here.


          I’d made a pitch for La Boca.  It was an older, traditional, down-at-the-heels neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.  Famous for its cantinas but the early 80s were a period of descendeRead full post »

          Another in the occasional blogs of under-recognized performers.  So far I’ve gone to the U.K. twice, for Tom Robinson and Roxy Music; and to Argentina once, for Mercedes Sosa.  For Lhasa de Sela, I'm not sure what counts as home.Read full post »

          I like to think I’m about as straight with women as we men get.  I’ve nothing against the occasional dalliance, two consenting adults, etc etc.  But one at a time please.  No objections to playing but I’m not a plRead full post »

        Inspired by Oryoki’s “Actresses I would be, or I would date, if I dated women”.  I felt this deserved a man’s response, not that I’m in any way really inclined to be or to date, and if I were, not that there’d be anytRead full post »


A Forward.  Evidently, my reading comprehension skills aren’t completely up to snuff.  I’ve been quite busy at work and have been spending less time here.  So the other night I took a quick glance at the OS front page.  Something about Guilty Pleasures caught myRead full post »

          OK, it has its cheesy side, it has little to do with the historical Saint Patrick, it’s heavily promoted by Guinness, and it drives many Irish to despair.  It’s an occasion where every lame faux-Irish comic tries out their OirishRead full post »

          I’ve been away a couple of days and only just noticed this Open call.  When I was younger I would have felt compelled to have a definite, ranked list.  Not anymore, but this one would certainly be on my short list.


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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 8:35AM

A Year on OS – and Happy VD Too

          It was with some chagrin when I noted that my blogiversary coincided with Valentine’s Day.  Guess I had nothing better to do then, as now.  A post on this occasion is almost de rigeur and as is its nature, this one will be more seRead full post »

          It’s impossible not to share in the exhilaration of the Egyptian people following Mubarak’s resignation.  I’ve had the Al-Jazeera web feed on throughout the past couple of days (one of benefits of no longer working in the pRead full post »

          My own have either been pretty nice or of the “just another day” variety, the latter of which are becoming habitual.  When I first heard the following, purportedly a first-hand account, I believed it.  Looking back, it is reRead full post »

          I guess this one is a non-blog.  No fatal, or even innocuous ones here.  Unless you consider as a flaw an overweening vanity of the sort that admits to no failings.  Those earlier incidents?  Most have since been expunged.&nbsRead full post »

          Joan H’s post gave me the idea for this one.  She wrote about attending an opposition rally against the Westboro Baptist Church.  They’re the appalling folks who picket funerals.  Of gays.  Of people friendly to gaRead full post »

          I’ve had an intermittent, recurring problem that I intend to rectify in 2011.  That would be my long-standing knack of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.  I prefer to fashion myself as thoughtful, empathetic and polite.&nbsRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2010 8:49AM

Happy New Year OSers


          I’ll be away this evening so wanted to take this opportunity to wish the wonderful OS community the happiest and most bloggingly prolific 2011.  And a special Happy Birthday toRead full post »

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DECEMBER 28, 2010 9:36AM

Road Trip - An Odd Encounter and Odd Aftermath

          This is a stripped down version of a post I was ready to upload a couple of months ago.  I’ll explain the redaction farther down.


            As I’ve mentioned, I waRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2010 11:47AM

Two More Christmas (off the beaten) Tracks

          I had the good luck to happen upon both of the following songs in a modern Christmas compilation while in the UK in the late 80s.  The first is by the boy soprano Aled Jones.  In researching this I discovered a minor controversy. Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 12:57PM

The "Other" Other Christmas Carols

          Stellaa had an enjoyable post about the “Other” Christmas carols.  It reminded me that there were still others.  Now as an atheist, I’ve got nothing against Christmas.  I stopped believing in God before I stoppedRead full post »