I’m going to miss this

Hopefully, if I've put anything across in my semi-regular ramblings on random topics in this column, among all the ones about my dogs — one last shout out to Bert and Roger — space or mowing the lawn, it's that I love my wife more than anything.

Dogs at work would not be productive

Friday is "Take You Dog To Work" Day, which celebrates man's best friend and is supposed to promote adoption, though I can't imagine anyone would want to adopt a dog if I brought either one of my pets to the office.

Now not time to lose AC

When I left the house Thursday morning, I was dismayed to discover that the air conditioning in my car wasn't working. Luckily the previous night's rain and cloudy skies kept the temperature tolerable, so it took awhile for the sweating to start as I tried to figure out where I was going to get the money to fix it.

Getting older is difficult

There comes a time in life when we are all shocked by how old we actually are. I've long been the person who delights in making older co-workers and family members have those realizations, but lately I've been on the other end of that experience much too often.

How I very nearly beat a clothesline

Over the weekend, my wife mentioned wanting to put up a clothesline in our backyard to dry clothes while our dryer was on the fritz — so I decided to rig one up on my own, since I didn't want to spend the extra money it would require.

I’m worried about the Internet breaking

The Internet is a worldwide system of interconnected computer networks that provides access to — what feels like — the majority of the world's information. It has become such a component of everyday life and society that I sometimes wonder what would happen if it were to fail, though I've never believed that is a real possibility.

Weight plateaus are hard to beat

At the beginning of the year, I resolved to lose weight and get into better shape. Come Jan. 1 every year, that's usually my goal — except for that one year I resolved to drink more — but this year I really committed to it and joined an online weight loss program for men.

Getting a chair is a waiting game

As many office workers know, the newest hire usually gets stuck with the chair that nobody else wants. That's what happened to me when I started at the Herald Democrat 15 months ago, but I made the best of the situation and recently claimed a nice, nearly-new leather chair for my desk.

Caffeine is not scary anymore

Because of medication to treat a specific ailment last summer, I had to give up caffeine while being treated. At first I didn't think it would be possible to halt my decades-long caffeine habit and I just continued drinking sodas and teas. However, they didn't quite taste right, and the medicine wasn't fixing my problems, so I took the plunge and gave up my favorite stimulant.

Sometimes a cold needs more calories

I woke up a few weeks ago and could immediately tell I was getting sick. It was a really inconvenient time to get a cold as my wife and I were leaving on a trip out of town the next day. I offered to stay home, but my wife wanted me to come along, so I agreed to make the trek despite not feeling 100 percent.

All doughnuts are great

I've long heard people extol the virtues of piping hot doughnuts — including the cast of the popular cable television series "Duck Dynasty" during a recent episode — but I've always preferred my fried dough at room temperature.