A sort of life

Researchers examine ‘purging’ disorder

RICHMOND, Va — Today I learn that this Web site is on the Richmond Virginia Blogs ?chopping block.? RVA Blogs is the de facto word on the self-published in southern Virginia. Ranked 35th of 202 blogs (and remember this is not a blog), I’ve fallen just 17 spots since early June. And that, I might add, is without writing a word in two months. Pretty neat when you consider that 32 new Web sites have been added in that same period. But it is, I suppose, the silence that assigned me this danger.

And the weather turns. The windows have been open and the fresh air weaves through the flat. It’s crisp. It cleans the scum from soul. Spring, autumn, they have got to be the best of seasons. Summer’s not too bad and we can’t do without the hard reset of winter. But these last two have a habit of keeping one indoors. And summer is worse. How can you avoid the toxic breath of the air conditioned atmosphere.

And another sign the world as we know it is upside down and turned around? The Canadian dollar, known as the Loonie (go figure), is just one penny off the U.S. dollar. Near parity. The last time I was in Canada — 1988 I believe — the Canadian dollar could buy 80 U.S. cents. And since that time, the Loonie crashed to an all time low of 60 U.S. cents. But now we’re even. Something that hasn’t happened since the mid 1970s.

Just another parallel between now and our mistakes of the 1970s.

“Researchers examine ‘purging’ disorder” is from Volume One: Frank’s Wild Years (1983–2009). Written between 2003 and 2009, Volume One was this author’s attempt to find meaning from life as a young twenty-something. While this endeavor would ultimately fail, what remains is a comical tale of loneliness and debauchery.

Teaching me to lick a little bit kinder

Teaching me to lick a little bit kinder

A pillar candle illuminates a darkened room during a home brew beer tasting session at the home of Lindsay Naylor-Jasper in McLean, Va. on June 6, 2005.