NOTICE: This blog has moved. Here’s what you’ve missed.

You’re still here? My new blog is at https://af7kq.blog. Come find me there, if you haven’t already! If you haven’t been following the blog at its new home, here’s what you’ve missed in the last week or so: A rather longwinded post about my recent journey to becoming an altar server for the Traditional Latin … Continue reading NOTICE: This blog has moved. Here’s what you’ve missed.

ACTION REQUIRED! This blog is moving

Thirteen years ago, more or less, I created my first WordPress blog. Since then, I’ve changed the name of the blog several times, split the blog into two blogs, and then merged them back into one again. If you’ve been following for a while, you may remember all or some of the iterations: blog.gilm.net (short-lived, … Continue reading ACTION REQUIRED! This blog is moving

The maiden voyage of my parents’ new motor home, Eloy, Arizona

The maiden voyage of my parents’ new motor home last weekend was a smashing success, even though everything seemed to be working against us, at least at first. Friday was a miserable day weather-wise, at least by Arizona standards. Cold and wet are not two words one often uses to describe the weather in this … Continue reading The maiden voyage of my parents’ new motor home, Eloy, Arizona

And now for something completely different

For the past several months, Kathryn and I have had bad luck picking weekends to go camping. In October, we had to cut short a camping trip because of wet weather. Over New Year’s Eve, we had to cancel another trip altogether because of the cold, so we went to Kentucky instead. This weekend, our … Continue reading And now for something completely different

Holiday lights, fountain in the historic center of Montpellier, France

I took this photo of the fountain near the entrance of Esplanade Charles de Gaulle in Montpellier, France, on December 17, 2002. It has the distinction of being the oldest photo in my Google Photos collection — for now, at least. The camera I used back then, a Minolta point-and-shoot, had low resolution by today’s … Continue reading Holiday lights, fountain in the historic center of Montpellier, France

It’s been quite a while since I took a sunrise hike in Phoenix

After a long stretch without doing any hiking here in Phoenix, I finally convinced myself this weekend to do my usual sunrise exercise hikes at Shaw Butte. It was mostly overcast Saturday morning when I took this photo, but there were a few breaks in the clouds to the east, making for a mildly interesting … Continue reading It’s been quite a while since I took a sunrise hike in Phoenix

Trying something new, Mexican coffee at Tres Leches Café in Phoenix

Every once in a while, I find myself trying something at a place that’s been right under my nose for years. Earlier this week, I had a meeting at my church to go over some volunteer paperwork. The time between leaving work and my appointment was about an hour, which is about 40 minutes longer … Continue reading Trying something new, Mexican coffee at Tres Leches Café in Phoenix

A tasty first order with GrubHub at Caveman Burgers in Phoenix

Last weekend I tried GrubHub for the first time. I thought I’d share some initial impressions. You may wonder why a guy like me who literally never has food delivered to his home would go through the trouble of installing the GrubHub app on his phone, creating an account, and so on. Well, during a … Continue reading A tasty first order with GrubHub at Caveman Burgers in Phoenix

Flight delayed out of Louisville, prompting a dubious American Airlines “upgrade”

We’re still in Louisville. Our American Airlines flight to Chicago has been delayed, guaranteeing we’ll miss our connection to Phoenix. There is a later flight to Phoenix, and we were able to get seats on it, so I guess that’s a good thing. However, American Airlines is playing a game they already played with us … Continue reading Flight delayed out of Louisville, prompting a dubious American Airlines “upgrade”

I don’t always drink Starbucks. But when I do, I prefer beer.

I’m not a big fan of Starbucks. However, that was not always the case. About eight years ago, I walked into the Starbucks near my office for the umpteenth time that week and handed over almost $2 for yet another “tall” brewed coffee. I sat in the shop for a little while, trying to be … Continue reading I don’t always drink Starbucks. But when I do, I prefer beer.

Whoooa, we’re halfway there

I’m checking in from the Subway in Terminal B at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Our flight from Phoenix was totally full, and it seemed like everyone carried on a full-size suitcase. Seriously, most “carry-on” bags were bigger than the ones we checked. By the time our Group 7 boarded, there was no room in the … Continue reading Whoooa, we’re halfway there

Starting the trip off right, sort of, with donuts and coffee

In some sense, our four-day weekend to Kentucky has already begun. We’ve left the house, but we both still have to put in a half-day at work. Since I can literally see Sky Harbor Airport from my cubicle — if I’m standing up, that is — it doesn’t make much sense to return home before … Continue reading Starting the trip off right, sort of, with donuts and coffee

Think you’ve imagined the perfect New Year’s Eve?

If you could spend New Year’s Eve anywhere in the world, where would it be? Until yesterday, the plan for Kathryn and me was to ring in the new year around a propane fire at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona, enjoying a quiet evening to ourselves, drinking some beers with starlit skies … Continue reading Think you’ve imagined the perfect New Year’s Eve?

I’m going to accept this senior citizen discount without being offended

I was up relatively early this morning, wanted to get an early start at the office, and didn’t feel like cooking myself breakfast. I decided some fast food was in order. I had a coupon for Burger King, but they don’t open until 6 am. I guess their target demographic isn’t people who work for … Continue reading I’m going to accept this senior citizen discount without being offended

This morning I installed a major upgrade of WordPress

This morning, instead of going to the gym — which probably would have been much healthier for me — I decided to install a major upgrade of WordPress, the open-source software that makes this blog run. So far, the upgrade itself appears to have gone off without a hitch. I made backups just in case, … Continue reading This morning I installed a major upgrade of WordPress

For some reason, I created another Instagram account

With the exception of this blog, I’m generally not much into social media. I’ve had Facebook and Twitter accounts in the past, but I deleted them years ago. Honestly, I can’t say I miss them. On the contrary, every time a family member tells me about some drama unfolding on Facebook, I’m genuinely happy to … Continue reading For some reason, I created another Instagram account

The voyage back to Phoenix is underway

Kathryn and I are sitting at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire. With the winter weather yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to arrive extra early today. As a result, everything has gone super smoothly. The rental car drop-off took less than a minute, the airline check-in took less than three minutes, … Continue reading The voyage back to Phoenix is underway

Snow! Driving in the white stuff for the first time in years

We’ve been tracking an incoming winter storm for the past couple days. A half hour ago, we were visiting a high school classmate when her kids ran inside yelling, “Snow!” Having not driven in snow for many, many years, that was my cue to leave. As we were leaving, the same kids said they were … Continue reading Snow! Driving in the white stuff for the first time in years

New altar rail at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Nashua, New Hampshire

Since Kathryn and I spend a lot of our weekends away from Phoenix, it’s not uncommon for us to find ourselves visiting another parish for Mass on any given Sunday. It is far less common for us to visit the same parish two Sundays in a row, although that’s exactly what happened the past two … Continue reading New altar rail at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Nashua, New Hampshire

The last bit of fall foliage colors in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Before leaving for this trip to New England, some of my coworkers asked if I expected to see any fall foliage colors. I told them I thought I’d be too late in the season to see any of the colors. As luck would have it, I was wrong by just a few days. A week … Continue reading The last bit of fall foliage colors in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Sunday brunch at Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua, New Hampshire

For the second Sunday in a row, we traveled to Nashua, New Hampshire, for Mass at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. By the time Mass was over, we were quite hungry, so we decided to find someplace to eat near the church. There was an Irish pub a couple minutes away called Peddler’s Daughter, and we … Continue reading Sunday brunch at Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua, New Hampshire