I do seriously wonder about people sometimes

Originally posted July 17, 2014.

My wife and I went to the local McDonald’s drive-through last night after I picked her up from the train.

We normally get pizza Tuesday nights (the staff is not just familiar with my regular order of a large pizza with half cheese and half sausage, they know it’s us regardless of who calls) and go out Thursday nights, but there was nothing to make for dinner in our house, so to the Golden Arches it was.

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Easy as pie … at least for you

I used to have long conversations, especially by office standards, with a woman who worked in my office.

We always had an easy chemistry, and I enjoyed talking to her not just because she was smart, friendly and funny, but because she had a way of making me think about things in a way I hadn’t considered.

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A day in Burlington, Part 3: A little career advice

For Part 1 of this series, click here. For Part 2, click here.

In the bowels of Patrick Gymnasium, home of the University of Vermont basketball teams, a student sits by herself in an office.

She probably figures she’ll have a humdrum afternoon, but that’s before something happens that, if nothing else, may make a funny story for her friends.

At least I hope she finds it funny.

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A day in Burlington, Part 2: A husband’s landing place

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Mirabelles Cafe & Bakery has the kind of pastry selection that makes you want to grab two of everything.

However, I’m actually not hungry, even though I ate breakfast at 4 a.m., and by this point, a little before 11, I figure I might as well wait until lunch.

Plus, the main reason I’m here is to warm up a bit, so I order a hot chocolate.

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A day in Burlington, Part 1: Photos in the chill

One hand on the phone, the other trying to fix her hair in the wind, she sits on the rocks next to Lake Champlain, trying to line up a selfie.

I ask if I can help.

She hands me her phone, explaining that she’s in town on business, and that she always takes pictures on her travels to send to her mother.

I snap a couple shots. She seems happy with them.

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One or the other

Originally posted March 3, 2017. I don’t know if this establishment is still there, but the Knicks … well yeah, the Knicks are still terrible.

I was walking down the street in Manhattan today, when I saw an establishment that bills itself as a sports bar and gentlemen’s club.

I’m sorry, but I have to throw the flag here.

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Two months to go

When we go to Williamstown for Christmas Eve, we drive through the Berkshires.

Since Williamstown is in a valley, there’s a final descent down a mountain to get there, including a switchback that’s always a little nerve-wracking, even though you know it’s coming.

The arrival of November feels like the start of going down that mountain.

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