What’s In A Name?

A love-struck 13 year old girl in a Shakespearean play thought it was nothing.  I disagree.  A rose by any other name would certainly smell as sweet, but I’d never bring home a flower called a “poopoo” for my wife. We tend to give more credence to names than we realize.  Common names are more “hirable” than uncommon names.  You can flip through a highlight of some published studies in this BusinessInsider article.  Some of this is just cultural bias, but there is also a concept called nominative determinism.  Nominative determinism is why all Randys have worked as mechanics and why there is an unusual number of Meryls working in …

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Symbolism in Life

I’m busy taking an online class where I read Science Fiction and Fantasy with people from all over the world.  I’ve now read no less than three forum posts saying “Why can’t a story just be a story?”  After all, real life doesn’t have symbolism in it.  Things are just things. For instance, the guy that came into my office and yelled at me because I informed him that he couldn’t park in our reserved spots doesn’t represent the waning of respect in a culture fixated on entitlement.  He’s just a douche. However, some life events do have a symbolic meaning — at least as far as the person experiencing it …

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To the Fans: My Husband is not an Embittered Soul

Yesterday, after some gentle pleading on my part and some not-so-subtle hints, I convinced Dawson to drive with me to Brown County. We walked around a lake and took some pictures of the fall foliage. It was a trip that benefited the soul, as I am from upstate New York and miss the mirage of colors autumn provides. Halfway through our walk, Dawson made a joke. The punch line was something along the lines of, “I’m a bad person, but you made an eternal vow to love me despite me saying dick-headed things.” My husband likes to remind me of this on a day to day basis. “You married me …

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Buying a House | Viewings | The Corpse

In a cute little neighborhood deep in the extremely middle class Fishers, Indiana, sits an orange house.  Yes, orange.  It’s down a road of 60s and 70s homes, mostly bi- and tri-levels with big trim pieces on their corners and around their windows.  It’s a bit like traveling back in time to the Brady Bunch house but more modest. This orange house had the right location and a big yard, but it was… orange.  A number of seriously questionable design decisions had been made in that bi-level over the years.  There was the exterior door, now blocked off from both sides, the flimsy thin walls that turned the basement into …

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Buying a House | Viewings | The Broken House

You all are going to have to put up with just a couple more posts before I tell you about the corpse.  This one will be blessedly short for your benefit. This actually occurred before we had decided to purchase a home, while we were still looking at rentals.  One company has this automated system where you can let yourself into homes.  You fill out a form online and drive to the house.  They give you a code that opens a lockbox.  When you request that code, someone is assigned to help you choose a place.  This person, in my case, was named Emily. My wife and I looked at …

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Buying a House | Viewings | The Squatter House

I know I promised to tell you about that time my wife, real-estate agent, and I found a corpse, but I need to build up to that.  First, let me tell you about the squatter house.  This place is enormous.  3,200 square feet split over two stories.  It has a sun-room, double garage with workshop space, and a loft.  The kitchen accounts for about a third of the downstairs, making it the largest entertaining area we had seen.  This place was also a short walk from Geist Reservoir, Indianapolis’s equivalent of a posh neighborhood.  Seriously, Geist has a sailing club and a yacht club.  People here are under the delusion that …

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Buying a House | Viewings | Poverty House

As mentioned before we probably viewed somewhere around 30 or more houses.  I made a rule early on to leave any house once we start checking out the personal items rather than the home.  It was a rule based on how I’d feel if complete strangers were walking through the home I was living in making careful notes on everything.  Lots of times, I or Marissa would make a comment on a picture or an item of clothing, and I’d say, “Alright, it’s time to go.”  It doesn’t take much time in a house to know if you’re interested or not.  Still, for the sake of completeness, we continued through each house. …

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Buying a House | Part 2

So that offer I mentioned months ago didn’t pan out.  They came back asking for a higher price than our initial offering, and given time to think about it, we backed down.  It didn’t seem worth it.  If it had been a place I loved I could have done it. It was a fine house, but I started wondering if I could live with the bathrooms laid out like that for even a second, then I started thinking about the cost and mess of renting a concrete saw.  Well, I guess we’ll just keep the jack-and-jill bathrooms then.  And I suppose it’s ok that the front door opens right into the …

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The Bobbit Worm

Want to learn about something totally awesome today?  Of course you do!  You’d be a fool not to.  Honestly, I can’t imagine a day where I don’t wonder what Dawson thinks is cool.  You’re so lucky today, because I’m going to tell you about one of my top fifteen favorite sea creatures — the Bobbit worm! What’s so great about some silly worm, you ask?  It isn’t some silly worm!  It’s an awesome worm from the class Polychaete — a class known for their chitinous protrusions and segmented bodies. Of these worms, the Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois), is definitely the coolest.  They can grow up to 10 ft long and hunt …

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1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

A gift for my wife. Here is our whole first year together laid out with ample pictures.

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