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I make everybody watch this 1982 film if they haven’t seen it already, and they are always left speechless.  It’s a gorgeous artwork without words or story, accompanied by Philip Glass.

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of seeing it (and its two sequels) on the big screen with the Philip Glass Ensemble performing live.  I actually saw Glass SMILE.  How often does that happen?

It has been brought to my attention that you can watch THE ENTIRE FILM at if you are too lazy to acquire the DVD.


Stuff in the pipeline

I know I haven’t posted much in a while, for a number of reasons.  BUT, I want to let you know what you’ll be seeing in the future:

Spam, wonderful Spam!

Cooking Old School with Cast Iron!

Vintage Pyrex Mania!

Coffee Showdown!   Percolators vs. Vacuum/Siphon Pots vs. Chemex vs. French Press vs. contemporary filtration brewing

More Weird Gadgets and Food Reviews!

Recent Kitchen Acquisitions and other stuff from the Turquoise Collection

I’m trying to arrange an interview with an economist friend to discuss economic issues related to food.  He’s a new dad, so this may take a while to happen.  🙂

Also, you’ll see an occasional off-topic post on mental illness, as I am working to eliminate the stigma associated with this condition.  We’re not “crazy,” just human.

An Unemployed Person’s Lament

My story: After nine years with the same company, I fell victim to the Peter Principle and lost my job. I worked at a series of retail and temp jobs while figuring out what to do next, and I finally decided to go back to school. I cashed in some IRA money, got my paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University (I got my bachelor’s years ago) and graduated a few months ago with one B (in Wills and Trusts) and A’s in everything else.

Since I graduated, I’ve been doing everything I’m supposed to be doing to look for work, and I have nothing to show for it, despite my supposed brilliance. I’ve gone to job fairs, joined the local professional associations, and networked with everyone I know. Of course, I’ve sent out plenty of résumés with politely worded cover letters, too. I may have to resort to more guerrilla tactics soon, such as hanging out with the panhandlers in the Montgomery BART station during rush hour with a stack of résumés and a big sign that says “HIRE ME.”

The legal profession (among many others) has long been one where everyone is expected to put in lots of overtime. Perhaps it’s time to rethink this culture and spread out all those work hours among more people. Whatever happened to the eight-hour work day?

All I want is an entry-level paralegal (or even a legal secretary) position so I can pay my (few) bills and put away a little savings. Since I’m single with no dependents, I’m cheaper than an employee with a family and I can guarantee that I’ll never take maternity leave. Is that too much to ask?

If you want to look at my résumé, it’s posted on the “About Me” section of this blog. Thank you.