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What is a dooflachee?

What is a dooflachee?

At breakfast Shawn expressed a desire or perhaps it was a need or a want. I am not sure which. Her exact words were, “Can you fix the dooflachee on the thingy?” No context. No surrounding conversation. No supporting documentation. Her mind is not equipped with a display and keypad where I might scroll up […]

Valentine’s Day Constipation

Valentine’s Day Constipation

I’ve heard that the first step to correcting a problem is to admit that I have one. OK, here’s my problem: Valentine’s Day. I’ve seen the images of the tuxedo-clad Romeos who’ve been to the Jared store and have a reservation at a budget-breaking restaurant. Their table sits in a quiet spot with at least […]

The Blessing of the Messy Kitchen

The Blessing of the Messy Kitchen

One of the key personal philosophies that guided me as an engineer can be worded as follows: “The first one to the river builds the bridge.” Whether it was creating a reusable block of code or establishing testbeds and running miles of cable in the lab, I found myself standing on the bank of many […]

IKEA Trip Report

IKEA Trip Report

Although the activity had no appearance on my bucket list I made a pilgrimage to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the IKEA store. Many of the ladies in my circle of acquaintance go gaga over IKEA, and somehow shopping from a web page when a brick and mortar (or cinder block in this case) building […]

Making Meatloaf

Making Meatloaf

I write from home full time now, and Shawn, after a lifetime of homemaking, loves her three-day-a-week job across town. She has imparted some basic cooking skills to me such as the miracle of crock potting. Add crocked chicken to a couple of baked potatoes and a can of green beans (doctored with herbs and […]

The Quest for Love

The Quest for Love

According to the tumult of advertising flooding the media, Valentine’s Day is a man’s moment to be a hero or a zero when it comes to his relationship with his significant other. If he plans wisely, shops at the correct store and invests significant capital in a gift, if he exhausts his creativity in putting […]