• Life In Burlington

    Seen about town today…

    Global Warning

    My taking note of this little flypost coincided with the the publication of this warning by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries. Serendipity, perhaps.


    I try hard to see all sides, but I can’t help but feel that many actions of the current administration are truly mean-spirited, and not of the “help those who help themselves” or “cruel to be kind” variety. No doubt there are other explanations. #MAKA


    In an alley, a quote by David Dellinger. If you haven’t heard of him, here’s an article on Wikipedia. When I read it, I learned he was a long-time Vermonter (though born in Massachusetts)—I hadn’t known this before.

    Welcome to Burlington, VT!

  • Welcome Back, Kotter

    Seen about town today…

    • A dude on bicycle with boombox playing John Sebastian’s “Welcome Back” (the theme from “Welcome Back, Kotter”) at high volume.

    • A woman standing next to a parked car, screaming through the window at a baby in the back seat.

    • A fellow in a big SUV evincing considerable road rage when the car in front of him stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

    • Woman in a ragtop with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. She wears a jaunty captain’s hat, with piping and embroidery. The car has a bumper sticker “Got Poi?”

  • Mewling, Spitting, Dogs, Doors, Lights, and Body Armor. Oh, and Socialism Sucks.

    Seen about town today…

    • A half-dozen or so young women, hugging and making mewling noises

    • A really cute puppy named “Suzie”

    • Folks in lift trucks putting up holiday lights on Church Street

    • A dog sitting on a cushion in the window of Burton’s downtown store, yawning

    • A red door, being painted black

    • Someone who’d cut little holes in their window screens—about 3 cm in diameter. They were sitting by the window, watching the world go by, and spitting onto the pavement below through one such hole.

    • A woman dressed in medieval motocross body armor, wearing a large baton on her belt like a sword. She looked as if she was prepared for battle with riot police.

    • A fellow wearing a button, styled after the blue “Bernie 2016” buttons, reading “Socialism SUCKS”

  • You Are Amazing!

    Seen about town today…

    • Near the Royall Tyler Theatre


    • Near College and Center, someone was trying to parallel park and failing miserably. They hit the curb with their car angled at about 45-degrees. I guess the dismay was visible on my face. Another passer-by noticed, saw the car, looked me in the eye and said “Yup. That’s ugly.”

    • A few blocks down on College there was a group of five women – one was giving a tour. “Vermont is a pretty dog-friendly place” she said as I was passing through their midst. “Woof” I said, and they all broke up laughing.

    • A fellow wearing a red ball clown nose.

    • A man and a woman heading across City Hall Park on the diagonal, using a swivel office chair to transport a pizza and several bags of groceries.

    • A man in a Led Zeppelin tee shirt, waiting for the bus, holding a metal detector.

    • …and this outside Votey Hall

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