July 24, 2015

You REALLY don't want to park here.

Katie T. spotted this sign in Oakland:
Vet Parking
Violators will be
A) Checked for worms
B) Neutered
We're nice people, so you get to choose

More Portland Little Free Libraries!

Another green roof (in Sellwood), from G.M. Volk.

A tree house library, from B. Bard!

July 22, 2015

"And the judges' dive scores are in . . . it's a 10!"

Want to see a Little Free Library with a green roof?

Little Free Libraries are places where you can take a book or leave a book...for free! There are lots of them in Portland, but I'm pretty sure our neighborhood has the only one with a green roof!

Oh, and I wrote a silly piece about them the other year.

July 21, 2015

There's nothing like a handwritten letter.

Hey parents, keep up the good work!

New research has pinpointed the top 10 ways that you parents are embarrassing your kids:
  1. Dancing
Public displays of affection (to your children or with each other)

  3. Using outdated slang and/or trying to join in with "youthful lingo"
Wearing age-inappropriate clothes
Telling cringeworthy family anecdotes and baby stories
Public tidying up after your kids

  7. Joining social media and friending your children

  8. Being useless at tech in general

  9. Talking about the facts of life

  10. Being "in your cups"
Being in public and talking—or especially joking—with anyone you don't know. (Okay, that one's from me. My parents are convinced that strangers think they're hilarious!)

Have you ever seen THE SOUND OF MUSIC?

One thing always bothered me about that movie. No, not the lederhosen. It was when the boy in the family said this:
Dude, this is easy enough to test! But take it from me, it's not that great. (Sort of like bad kale.)
I wonder what grass tastes like

July 15, 2015

William Faulkner sure was a fun guy.

Ha! I have a similar problem with my own writing—after three readings, I'm all like, "WHAT?"

July 13, 2015

So there was this rugby match . . .

Look, I don’t really understand the rules, but you have to listen to the announcers as Nathan Friend passes the ball while doing a back flip. Pick it up at 0:24.

This is a nice slice of life!

Murchison Drive, 7:22 p.m. July 2 A person waiting for a pizza to be delivered called police, said that when the delivery driver arrived a neighbor took it. An officer responded, determined the person's complaint was unfounded, that the neighbor also ordered pizza.
Murchison Drive, 8:03 p.m. July 2 A person wrongly accused of pizza theft reported being upset.

July 11, 2015

July 10, 2015

I forgot to say something.

Guess what it is! Go on, guess!
Give up? Fine, I'll just tell you. This week, I turned in the final, edited version of my first novel, The Drake Equation. It'll be published by Disney Hyperion in Spring 2016.