Author Archives: Pat Greene

Revisiting caucuses, and accessability.

In 2016, I wrote about caucuses, and how they are an undemocratic anomaly. I believe every word I wrote then, and it seems redundant to restate the case. One issue I did not address in that post — mainly because … Continue reading

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“He’s a Harvard undergraduate. It’s almost justifiable homocide.”

Today I came down with a migraine. I took the migraine meds, and then, because I am not working* (which provides distraction), I decided to watch my favorite Hitchcock film, Rope. Whenever I hear people talk about Hitchcock’s greatest, Rope … Continue reading

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Lady of the storms

I am currently reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series, which can best be described as…Fairy Porn. Maybe I’m exaggerating — maybe it’s just Fairy Erotica. At any rate, several of the tall, statuesque fairies with silken hair down to … Continue reading

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So, I’m back.

I have been back for a week now. My blood pressure has gone up several points since my return. It is easy to forget the trauma a country may be going through when you’re a tourist. Especially when you’re in … Continue reading

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Yesterday

I spent yesterday on a boat. I saw the frigate birds and Nazca boobies soar and wheel over Kicker Rock, and a blue-footed booby perch precariously on a nest halfway up its nearly sheer cliff-face. I saw the maelstrom churning … Continue reading

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If it was good enough for Darwin…

Notes from San Cristobal, Galapagos: San Cristobal was the first island Darwin landed on in the archipelago. That almost makes up for not being able to see more penguins, since the penguins live on other islands that are at least … Continue reading

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It’s rough out there, right now. Would a couple of penguin pictures help?

Although I have a bunch of pictures taken by the ship’s photographer (which I am having trouble loading), the Rocket Scientist took these. Or just maybe scenery? At any rate, hang in there. As the Doctor said in the second … Continue reading

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Wildness.

I can go home now. I saw penguins yesterday. Penguins swimming. Penguins waddling. Penguins doing what penguins do, all where penguins normally do things. And geese! and cormorants! and albatrosses! and petrels and terns! Even skuas, those mobsters of the … Continue reading

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Poem for today while I cruised through the Beagle Channel

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white … Continue reading

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Money money money money

I have mentioned the $30 steak dinner for two. And the eight dollar doctor visit. And I just dropped off what felt like 25 pounds of laundry for 400 pesos, or about $7.50. And last night’s dinner… A king crab … Continue reading

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Notes from our foreign correspondent*

This year: South America. One advantage that having a scientist spouse who goes to conferences in interesting places is that sometimes I get to tag along, which is why I am on Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia, the small town I … Continue reading

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I hereby resolve….

Many years, I have numerous resolutions. Lose weight, be more disciplined, write more. Always turn aside for the chinchilla races. This year, I have but three, all related to each other. I want to be more kind. I want to … Continue reading

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In the dark midwinter…

I love December. It’s the cold, gentle, dark. It’s the rain, and the soft wind that follows. It’s that the days are short, and the light falls obliquely to the earth, golden against the leafless trees. It’s the Christmas lights, … Continue reading

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That time of year, and the music thereof.

I love Christmas music. I guess I should say I love “holiday music,” but that’s not really accurate. Other people in my house don’t, however, so I suspect I will be spending the next month wearing headphones much of the … Continue reading

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Movie Reviews.

It’s December, which means we’re into post-blockbuster season. Over the past four weeks, I have seen five new movies, two in the theatre, two on streaming services. Herewith my (mostly spoiler-free) impressions: Parasite: Oof. Described to me as a “dark … Continue reading

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PSA.

I am now working for the 2020 US Census. Two things: They’re hiring. The pay is reasonably good, and there are some part time positions with flexible hours. Check it out at http://2020census.gov/jobs. Most importantly, the Census is a noble … Continue reading

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Hijacking the Jukebox.

In the time I have spent hanging out in The Bar (aka the place with better wifi and better drinks than Starbucks, not to mention all the friendly people, aka my favorite local place to hang out), I have heard … Continue reading

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Yes, we know.

A few days ago, a friend was quite reasonably griping about the poor service she had received on a recent order from an online shopping service. Someone popped up to mansplain to her that the service in question treats its … Continue reading

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What I learned from “Country Music”

Since the series is so sprawling, I an only going to present thoughts I have arising from the last three episodes of Country Music: Bluegrass banjo and mandolin players: how do they DO that? It makes my fingers hurt just … Continue reading

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What I did today.

I have a bead stash. (Beaders understand this. So do knitters, for that matter.) I know people with much bigger stashes, but mine is not really anything to sneeze at. Ignoring the silver (I can’t quite remember how much I … Continue reading

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