Happy 2017!

Happy 2017! It really has become the annual placeholder post. 🙂 There’s not much time for old-fashioned blogging these days, but please do catch up with my links in various places (the sidebar here, the sidebar at blogHOUSTON, my facebook links page) or look me up on twitter. Best wishes to all for a happy […]

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Happy 2016

Well well, one blog post for 2015 (the annual placeholder)? I guess that’s just more confirmation that (indie) blogging is largely dead. Real life and work life continue to be busy (and good, for the most part), and blogging just isn’t the creative outlet that it once was for me. I can’t imagine taking the […]

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Happy 2015

Since the blog is (nominally) still open, it’s time for that annual post in which I wish those who still occasionally drop by a Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2014 was mostly a good year. There were new challenges and evolving (but welcome) responsibilities at work, and that created some stress at times, but it […]

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United: The gang that can’t shoot straight

To say that Jeff Smisek’s tenure as CEO of the combined United/Continental airlines has been dismal is probably something of an understatement at this point. In so many ways, he’s taken two airlines that were better separately and made the combined entity worse. Much worse. So the reporting of ongoing failures is hardly surprising. But […]

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Some nights, one just is not meant to get to Tulsa

Several weeks ago, I had a flight to Tulsa cancel on me about an hour before departure, due to an odd combination of weather and runway construction at the Tulsa airport. I tried to get on a later flight (full, unfortunately), and ultimately wound up not going (flights with available seats the next day would […]

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Scott Chaffin, RIP

News came today that my friend Scott Chaffin had passed, another victim of that damn lung cancer. Like a bunch of people, I first ran across Scott via his awesome blog, The Fat Guy. We became real-life friends in not much time at all. Scott was one of those guys who managed to cheer up […]

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Confusion about who is paying the bills

Various media in Houston report that the Houston Housing Authority has implemented a new smoke-free policy in the public housing it oversees. At least one resident of the public housing is upset (and a little confused): “That’s not good, that’s not good at all,” said Georgiane Daniels. “You have lost your freedom. You pay the […]

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A strange “gotcha” from Mitchell Schnurman

This is a strange twitter “gotcha” from Mitchell Schnurman, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News: Texas politicos brag about small gov't, limited regs. Now they plan to tie up Obamacare navigators with red tape. http://t.co/uAQRM0LE9u — Mitchell Schnurman (@mitchschnurman) January 7, 2014 Of course, Obamacare represents interference with markets, large government (not small), and […]

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