The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

One Ounce

For much of my life, I have smoked on average, about 4 ounces of pipe tobacco a week.  Sometimes, it would go as high as 6 ounces (one example of the especially high consumption occurred in the month or two leading up to my doctoral dissertation defense).  For the last three weeks, I have been smoking only one ounce of pipe tobacco a week.  For many that may seem like not much of a change, but in reality for me it is a considerable decline. 

I know it is not where I want to be yet, but I am heading in the right direction.


Monday, August 03, 2015

Jack Elam

One of the best character actors I have ever had the pleasure to watch in a bunch of movies is Jack Elam.  If you want to see an 1987 interview of him (by Letterman), watch it here.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

At Mass

“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.
Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;
thus will I test them,
to see whether they follow my instructions or not."

I keep trying to not worry in my life.  I know that worry does me no damn good.   But I am a worrier by nature.  Yet, I should not. 


Saturday, August 01, 2015


One food I do not have anywhere near as often as I should is the gyro.  I really enjoy them, and if I let myself, I am sure I could polish off easily 4-5 of them in one sitting.  I do, sincerely, try to stop at one or at the very most two when I do get to have them. 

The cucumber sauce, the onions, and the dill added to the thinly sliced and spicy lamb in that soft pita is amazing.


Friday, July 31, 2015


Last night in one of the detective novels I am currently reading, I stumbled upon a word that I had not heard or seen before that intrigued me....."kaylied".  It was fun to find out that it is a euphemism that is apparently a moderately common one in England to signify being a bit inebriated. 

I like to learn new words or phrases.  As it is Friday, I may find myself a bit kaylied myself.  I shall talk to my elderly father-in-law to see if he is up for company.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York Ruben Potato Chips

For the last several years, Frito-Lays has been making a variety of "speciality" chips of one sort or another.  These have ended up becoming a sort of ritual for everyone in our family now. 

My wife and I and our kids have generally had quite a bit of fun over the years trying out these weird concoctions.  Back when the company first started, they were calling the chip a "mystery chip" and asked people to try to figure out what the flavor was.  They unfortunately no longer make "mystery" chips, but now have a variety of surprising, special flavors. 

Yesterday my wife and I and two of our kids tried out the new style called "New York Ruben".  It was actually pretty damn good!  I especially enjoyed the caraway flavor in the chips that gave a real "rye bread" sort of flavor.  The essesnce of both saurkraut and swiss cheese was also apparent. 

Overall, a VERY surprising, and actually very good chip!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Been feeling a bit squirrely  the last few days.  Focus has been less than that displayed by a gnat. And, the strange things is that I don't seem to give a damn that I am this way at the moment.