Category Archives: Slices of my Life

How to boot a Steam Locomotive

or, How to Hostle without really tiring. NOTE: I originally wrote this in 1990, and posted it on USENET in rec.railroads shortly thereafter. Fast-forward 20 years and it appeared on the MAKE magazine blog, proving that the Internet is forever, … Continue reading

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Kitty Cat.

Cat Originally uploaded by pjern I can’t remember the name of this cat for the life of me, and it’s driving me nuts. It was my mother’s cat circa 1980, I think.

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book report, sort of.

There’s usually not a lot of excitement around here, but last week, Saundra got her advance review copies of her debut novel, Shadowed Summer , to be published next February by Random House’s Delacorte Press. I’m not going to spoil … Continue reading

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The inept photographer

Ectoplasm!?!?!? Originally uploaded by pjern who? Me, of course! Follow the link in to the Flickr page, and then go over to the Ask Metafilter page where my denouement took place. I still have this problem with over thinking things, … Continue reading

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Graduation ceremony

A portrait Originally uploaded by pjern Jennifer (formally) graduated today! (She actually got her diploma in December, but today is the actual ceremony.) Needless to say, I’m proud as punch, and all that, of her getting it done.

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Six months

Contented Originally uploaded by pjern Akane is going to be six months old this coming week. I visited with her the other afternoon, and she was a little nonplussed to have this bearded guy handling her :) She got over … Continue reading

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My Berlin, Part Two – Andrews Barracks

Or, even spies have to have somewhere to live. This is me outside the Barracks I lived in on Andrews Kaserne in April of 1977. Andrews Barracks, located on Finckensteinallee in the Zehlendorf district of Berlin, was originally a barracks … Continue reading

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My Berlin, Part One- Arrival

A recent post on Metafilter got me thinking a lot about my past and increasingly, how my time in Berlin (1977-1980) has defined my life since then. I’ve decided to write it down while I still can. This will be … Continue reading

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Welcome, little one

Tami had the baby Tuesday. 8 lbs 5.5 ounces of beautiful baby girl. Akane Rebekka, welcome to the world. Sorry about the mess, sweetie.

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Eastgate, I remember you well

I put up a gallery of photographs I took this afternoon over at Eastgate mall, now abandoned to the elements. Eastgate was a social center of my formative years; it was THE shopping mall on our side of town forever … Continue reading

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