It’s a Video Wednesday

I decided to bore everyone with videos of me instead of writing today. The first one is me dancing in KISS costume for the Dad’s Dance at my daughter’s dance recital. The second one is me walking a cheetah in Zambia. The third one is my in an ax throwing tournament in Philadelphia. Enjoy.



A History of Dumb Posts on Election Day

I figured out how to search my Facebook timeline and copied and pasted every dumb thing I could find that I’ve posted on election day. The list is smaller than I thought it would be. Maybe my search was faulty.  Now I can just share this every year. Anyway, enjoy.

Every election year I consider moving to Canada not because of the candidates but because of the Americans discussing the candidates.

I’m too old to rock the vote, but I’m gonna smooth jazz the heck out of it.

Alan Simpson was voting in the U.S. Election.

Nov 08, 2016 4:30pm

I actually voted last week. Maybe I will do it again.
Still too old to rock the vote but I’m about to smooth jazz the heck out of it
I worry as we move in to fall that the voting public in the United States will develop a weird love of Pumpkin Spice Hitler and vote for him.
Exercise your right to vote. It’s likely the only exercise you will get this week.
Vote. The line is shorter than your usual line at Starbucks.
Vote Tater – Pot in every car and a chicken in every garage(I’m Tater and I approve this message)


I opted not to go the straight-ticket route this election. I only voted for gay candidates

Welcome to Tater After Dark

Welcome to Tater After Dark where I write now because I have time to do it without having to leave for work. Of course, I started so late now I’m rushing to finish before my wife gets home.  This post is not nearly as exciting as the title makes it sound. It’s basically some rambling thoughts about a few things.

  1. I posted on Facebook this weekend that my early New Year’s resolution was to stop joking about finding a new career and actually look for a new career. I started a little of this process today interviewing for a job at another system. As I move forward in to the new year, I will consider looking outside the library profession and possibly move on from the library world if I find the right situation. It would have to be the perfect situation as I would be giving up being less than 7 year to retirement. I just know that things need to change and I can’t just sit around and hope the changes will come. I have to try to make the change myself.
  2. I watched the last Rick Grimes episode of The Walking Dead last night. There are spoilers after this sentence, so stop reading if you haven’t watched. While I agree that the announcement of Rick Grimes movies cheapens the whole “last Rick Grimes episode” thing, I did like what they did and what it will be going forward. I l know people think it’s cool to not watch the show anymore, but I do still enjoy it. I think they found a good way to write Rick out of the show without killing him. I like the time jump and I like the idea of seeing Judith as a kid who has only ever known the zombie world. I think the show without Rick can be better and I look forward to seeing what they do with it.
  3. I was looking on Twitter today to see if there was any news about the Ravens firing John Harbaugh. They didn’t and I found a lot of people saying they didn’t think they should. I disagree. I know Harbaugh won a Super Bowl, but 4 sub par years in a row is too much, The team needs a change. Status quo isn’t getting it done. You don’t pay millions for mediocrity.
  4. Time change was yesterday. It’s now cold and dark. It’s also rainy. If it’s going to be cold and dark it might as well snow. Cold, dark and rainy sucks. I need to put up the Christmas tree to add some festivity to this cold, dark and rainy world. I’m sure it will go up the day after Thanksgiving like normal. I also want to go look at Christmas lights and really enjoy the season this year. It might be time for me to head back up to 34th street in Baltimore. I would also like to go to NYC for a day to enjoy the decorations there. I need festive.

I hope you have enjoyed Tater After Dark. Stay tuned tomorrow for some other random post and a random time of day.

What’s Good in Tater Town 11/4/18

This week finding the good is a little harder. I’m still not smart enough to write things down as they happen. Let’s see if I can find the good in the last seven days.

  1. As I mentioned in last week’s, both of my kids were home on Sunday. We all watched a movie and ate lunch together.
  2. We also used my daughter being home as an opportunity to early vote. It was a nice day and we got to the polls at a time when the line was relatively short.
  3. I had to work Halloween night, but I got to wear comfortable scrubs for my “doctor” costume and we were able to enjoy the slow night.
  4. I had a training at another branch on Thursday. It’s always nice to get out of the building, especially when the weather is nice.
  5. I had my first Friday off with no one else at home this week. I got bored after 8 hours, but it was nice to have a day to myself.
  6. I had another free breakfast item from on of my fast food apps so I started m day alone with breakfast out with my book.
  7. It was a nice enough day that I was able to take the dog for a walk and spend an hour on the deck finishing my book.
  8. There was Kentucky basketball on TV again Friday night.
  9. I was able to leave work early enough yesterday to watch the Kentucky/Georgia football game. Kentucky lost, but it’s been a great season with 10-2 and a New Year’s Day bowl game still in reach.
  10. It’s going to be a nice day to be at the stadium watching a football game today.

Hopefully, this week will be one with so many good things this post will be easy.

A Scary Day in the Life of College Tater

Occasionally, when there is nothing fun to write about in current times, I try to think back to any interesting stories from my life. I generally never find one because I’ve been generally boring my entire life. This morning I did remember a scary day from my college years.

My junior year in college I was a resident janitor at the Baptist Student Union. I traded mediocre to bad janitorial skills for free rent in the basement apartment in the building. My memory of what happened before that day is fuzzy because that day takes over my entire memory of the events, but I’m pretty sure earlier in the week a car had been stolen from our parking lot during our weekly service. I know we were doing penny wars during that time and the jars of money were sitting out that night. It’s possible the people involved in the stolen car saw the money and decided to come back another time. Now, we move to the other time, the event I remember vividly.

My roommate had gone home for the weekend. I was alone in the building and in my apartment in the basement. I heard what sounded like glass breaking and went out in the hall to investigate. I saw a brick in the floor in the classroom across the hall and multiple shadows outside the window and one shadow coming through the shades. I got back to my apartment as fast as I could without alerting them to my presence, called the police and sat by my door with a baseball bat. I’m not sure how long all of this took place. It seemed like it was hours, it was probably less than one hour. I sat by the door and listened to footsteps outside my door and above me on the main floor. I was sure at any minute someone was going to bust through my door. There was no sign of a police response.

I finally went back to the phone and decided to try to remember the number of the people I knew across the street. I’m not sure if I ever remembered their number. I was scared and it was hard to think straight. For some reason, I did remember the number for the fraternity next door I had been to some parties there my first two years in school and knew some people who lived there. I called over, told them what was happening and asked if they could see if the police were around anywhere. They did more than that. When they heard what was happening, they grabbed things that could be used as weapons and headed over to help. The people in the building fled at that point. Eventually, there was a knock at my door. I didn’t answer until the person identified themselves as my friend from across the street. I left the building to find the police were finally there as were my friends and several frat guys from next door. The police had apparently driven through the parking lot, thought things looked OK and left. Who knows what might have happened had I not known the number of the frat house next door. I do know that I don’t recall being that scared again.

If I remember correctly, the people involved were arrested after they crashed the car and fled while leaving papers(report card, maybe?) with their name on it in the car.

Some of the stories from before and after the event might be wrong. I’m old and forgetful.

My Week in Books, TV and Movies 11/2/18

The book portion of my week is down again. It’s just easier these days to passively watch TV than read. Here we go

Books – I finally gave up on Space Opera. I just couldn’t do it. It was fed to the dustbunnies. I read Lu by Jason Reynolds. It is the last in the track series It was as good as you would expect from a Reynolds book. I would recommend reading the entire series. I started reading The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. It is very good. I just need to force myself to read more.

TV – I watched the first two hours of the TV reboot of Heathers. I loved the movie. It is one of my favorites. I was hoping the TV show would be good. There were some very good performances in the show, specifically Brendan Scannell as Heather Duke and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara, but the show as a whole just doesn’t work. I think there is a good idea in there somewhere, but they just didn’t find it. It also doesn’t help that the actors playing Veronica and JD are bland and boring. We watched the first part of CB Strike(based on the Cormoran Strike book series) and liked it. I was sure my wife would be bored, but we ended up staying up later than this old guy wanted to finish the first part.

Movies – We watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and Solo. We liked them both. I know people had issues with Solo. I guess it helps being someone who likes the Star Wars movies, but has not read the books and would have no idea if the story is off. I enjoyed the movie and that’s all that matters to me. Ant-Man was as fun and goofy as you would expect from Paul Rudd and Ant-Man. I do enjoy a lot of humor with my superheroes.

On Deck – If I manage to finish my book I’m reading, I need to read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell for book club at work and a book with Walden in the title(I’m too lazy to look up the actual title) for my personal book club. We have Ocean’s 8 to watch this weekend and TV will be UK basketball tonight and UK football playing for the SEC East title tomorrow.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Yesterday was Halloween. Not exactly breaking news there, I know. The Today Show was talking this morning about how we are now going right in to the holiday season. Starbucks will release their holiday ups tomorrow. Right after the segment a Starbucks commercial aired advertising the release of the peppermint mocha. The commercial was full of snow and Christmas wreaths. Soon we will have the option to listen to Christmas music all the time on the radio. I know there are people who think it’s too soon. They will cry “What about Thanksgiving?” While I do enjoy the day when we give thanks by shoving bread up a dead turkey’s butt, it’s just not the same as Christmas.

Thanksgiving means I get one day off. I stay home. The kids will be home, but one probably just for the day. We will have a nice meal and then we go back to the real world the next day. A nice day, but no major break in my routine.

While Christmas brings  the annoying War on Christmas debate(spoiler alert – there is no war on Christmas) and with it the complaints about people saying Happy Holidays and Starbucks cups being generic holiday, it is the best time of the year. Even before we get to the actual holiday, you get a month or more of festivities. Decorations go up and the world looks more festive. There are various holiday parties. People bake cookies for others. Everyone, for the most part, seems a little nicer. People take a break from their regular lives and spend time thinking of others. The world becomes a better place.

For me personally, it comes with a nice break from the real world. We head off to visit family, this year for the first time since last Christmas. We have a three day Christmas starting on Christmas Eve where we spend time with celebrating with family and then we have some extra days to just enjoy being away. I might have time to see a couple of movies at an actual theater. We will go out to eat a few times. We will do fun things with my siblings. It will make me not want to come back home.

I don’t think it’s too early to start celebrating. I welcome the possibility of a kinder, gentler world for a couple of months. I welcome the anticipation of the holiday to take the edge off my day to day that is not the greatest of times at the moment. Join me in taking a step back from life and enjoying the festive season.