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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


I broke down and bought two ounces of an aromatic pipe tobacco today.  It has been a few months since I did so, having kept only to simple tobacco.  Not really showing movement towards quitting  with this purchase.  But it was only two ounces and should add a bit of pleasant aroma to my pipe for the next three months or so if my current consumption stays at its new lower level as it has been the last several weeks.  I put a very small pinch atop of my regular pipe tobacco to improve the quality.  

I am determined to stay at my lower consumption level or go even lower, however.  


Monday, July 18, 2016

Tripping Along

Just doing my same old thing I guess.  Nothing much new to report here at the moment.  No new insights or revelations.  


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Just Stuff

The dentist went well, fortunately, and the technician even commented on how my teeth had little staining.  She asked me if I had drank less coffee.  The reality is I drank just as much coffee (a lot) and tea ( a lot) and smoked a lot of pipes.   But I think I may have been better at overall brushing.  I probably brush 6 times a day now up from four times a day before.  I do not know if the hygienist knew I smoked a pipe because out of politeness I never smoke my pipe on the morning of my visits.  She would have given me hell, probably if she knew. 

I am just spending more time than I would like with b*llsh*t paperwork crap I have to do.  It is tiring and I am sick if it,  but hope to have a clear desk tomorrow for at least a few days.  

Planning on camping tomorrow night.  It has been a helluva long time since I went camping.  I am hoping it will be a lot of fun!  


Monday, July 11, 2016

Damn Dentist Appointment

Feeling a bit disgruntled in that I have a dentist appointment in the morning I had forgotten about.   I hope it goes smoothly.   It always agitated me.  I work hard to keep my teeth in good shape so hopefully it will be easy.  But it always worries me.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Fermented Fruits of Labor

I sit here on the back porch, gently boozy feeling and pleasant after a few drinks with my elderly father-in-law.  As anticipated, we both had pipes with our libations and both had a very nice time.  My FiL choose brandy as his elixir this afternoon while I chose whiskey.  I was almost going to have Guiness as he had recently gotten some, but selected whisky instead.  All feels calm, we sat and talked as heavy thunderstorms crashed around us, but now as the sun sets it is again clear. 

The dog sits here by me watching squirrels in the yard and barks at them as I have another pipe.  


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Burst of Energy

I am not sure, it may be the Summe light levels or it may be that I am not teaching (still doing a lot of administrative b*llsh*t however) but I seem to be in a high energy mode.  I have been doing a lot of work, I have been joyfully running at least three of the five miles each day, I have been having a LOT of "activity" with my wife, I have been swimming a lot, I have organized my garage, and still been doing all the normal stuff too.  It has been wonderful!  This burst of energy started about two weeks ago.  Keep it coming, please!


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Jamaican BBQ Sauce & Goat Cheese

We went on an early morning excursion to the local Farmer's Market.  In addition to buying a lot of nice vegetables, three highlights includ us buying a locally made Jamacian BBQ sauce, locally made goat cheese, and dinners from an Egyptian Start-Up Reaturaunt.  We put the Egyptian food in the fridge to take with us to eat tonight as we sit watching the fireworks our city will have.