It occurred to me the other day that we have collectively done a truly outstanding job of identifying every conceivable minority group and establishing specialized sets of laws and language, statutes and standards, rules and rights, privileges and policies that can be specifically applied to each and every one of them. Obviously, the intent behind […]


I pulled into the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts in Dorchester, Massachusetts the other day…sort of a drizzly morning. As I got out of the car, I stumbled across this tragic scene. This gigantic russet…all beaten and battered and very far away from his farm in Idaho…had clearly had a very rough night…probably lost […]

Why do guys who play the banjo always look so fucking happy?

Why do guys who play the banjo always look so fucking happy? Have you noticed that? I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody playing the banjo that didn’t look absolutely giddy and gleeful while they were doing it? It’s kind of odd, I think. John Fogerty and Paul McCartney notwithstanding, serious guitarists pretty much never […]

So, I’m starting a new business…

So, I’m starting a new business… For the longest time, I’ve been dreaming up and writing down interesting ideas for names of ought-to-be-existent musical groups…and stage names for wannabe actors and actresses. Over the years, this has become kind of a hobby…in reality, perhaps a bit more like an obsession…but now I’m actually thinking of […]

Whatever happened to Italo Pizza?

Whatever happened to Italo Pizza? At various seemingly-random points in my life, that same peculiar question has popped into my head completely unannounced and unexpected…”Whatever happened to Italo Pizza?”…just as it did a moment ago. One and three-quarters of a city block from the apartment building where I grew up, just off the corner of […]