Category: Present Tense

Present Tense – #11

And then the day arrived when a thoughtful friend presented me with this lovely t-shirt, a thing I cherish. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, especially when you are forced to attend a gathering where there are far too many gatherers. It lets the personal-space invaders know […]

Present Tense – #10

And so it goes, in the Land of Bonnywood, there will be times when, despite my yearning to exude an aura of professionalism and skill, that I will fall through the cracks of said professionalism and land with a resounding thud. It’s not a pretty scene, with me […]

Present Tense – #9

This is the moment when we were still happy. We were in Malaga, Spain, at the Alcazaba, which is essentially a fortified palace built in the eleventh century, and then modified for several successive centuries. (Because that’s what people did back then. Somebody would build a building, then […]

Present Tense – #8

There are monkeys on top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Did you know this? I certainly didn’t. Well, that’s not entirely fair to say. One of our travelling companions, a lovely lass that I’ll call “Twyla” for now, because I haven’t mentioned to her that I might ensnare […]

Present Tense – #7

And so it came to pass that the weary travelers were once again reunited with their long-lost luggage. It was a beautiful and touching moment, with various deities smiling from above and Celine Dion warbling a ditty about how the sightseeing and sangria-drinking could now go on and […]

Present Tense – #6

Hold up. I just left this to come back to Dallas? Clearly, I need to reevaluate my life choices. Oh, wait. There’s the little boy in me, in the lower right corner, refusing to rejoin the adult world, with all the irritating responsibility such an action entails, determinedly […]

Present Tense – #5

This is where it happened. Well, I didn’t have any definitive proof at the time to back up my assertion, and I would continue to not have any proof well after the violation had been “resolved”, because people hide things and are not forthcoming, but my gut tells […]

Present Tense – #4

It was an innocent afternoon, initially. I hadn’t really planned on anything extraordinary happening, as it was a rather mundane Wednesday and the highlight of said day (the lawn service showing up to pitifully attempt to make our heat-scorched Texas yard exude some sign of life) had already […]

Present Tense – #3

Personal confession: Although I am a true acolyte of the Church of Exfoliation, I’m not one to spend extraordinary amounts of money on the latest-trend mechanized implements that dubiously guarantee to whisk away unnecessary but truculent skin cells. (I’m retired, after all, which means my spending mantra has […]

Present Tense – #2

So, just a few minutes ago, whilst sitting here working on my latest blog post, I reached that point you hit where you can’t think of what to say next. I decided a break was in order, and I wandered into the kitchen for a distraction. I found […]