Mr. No Shoulders

No One Here but us Chickens

NBC12 News: “Chickens make great pets, they’re entertaining, they’re quiet,” said one urban chicken supporter. “They make eggs and are great for pest control.” “Having chickens is a God-given right,” said another. “And the Constitution backs that right up.” Yes, Virginia, you can now keep chickens in the backyard of your Capitol, for no other …

Somewhere a Squirrel is Flying

And a pig named Parker is enduring an uncomfortable ride around a baseball diamond. The Flying Squirrels season has started. Let’s all buy tickets, get some caramelized pecans, and drink buckets of beer!

Just Look at that Punim

What is it about this face that makes me want to hug a dog repeatedly and cart him home, tell him stories at bedtime, put a touring cap on his head, then take the beast for walks along the shore all the while dutifully cleaning up what has got to be man-size excrement? I’m not …

President’s Day in Washington DC

One morning in February, I woke up, had my tea and pistachios, took a shower, and proceeded to get dressed. As NPR kept me company in the background, I overheard a mention of President’s Day. “Wait a second, it’s President’s Day!” Shelve the constricting clothes.  Put some jeans on and load the nearest Argus C3 …

Hey Zu’s

“The movement you need is on your shoulder…” One of the more confusing and powerful lines from a song.  I heard it growing up just like so many other people did, but it wasn’t until later that I really heard and was perplexed by it.  From what I understand, Paul McCartney is singing to Julian Lennon, …

Looking Back

Benge’s Gap

Judging by this historical marker located near the observation point at Benge’s Gap, Chief Benge probably wasn’t someone you’d like to have over for dinner. But wow, what a view. This scene is located in the heart of Southwest Virginia on Route 23/US 58-Alt. If you ever find yourself on the trek from Abingdon to Big Stone Gap (something …

Capitol on Water and Clouds

Taken on October 4, 2011, this was one of those seemingly rare days in DC when you didn’t feel like the sun had decided to skooch on over a little closer or that your face was going to freeze off. Truly a beautiful day with clouds happily letting bits of blue sky and sun shine …

Carytown Old West

Imagine a plain whiskey bottle held loosely by a gun toting, grizzled, nameless man with eyes shaded by a weather worn hat. He tips the bottle up and takes a burning drink as he contemplates the sales in … Bygones. Maybe it’s the font of the Byrd sign coupled with the parapet walls along Cary …