A Sunday Evening Ramble

Biff Hiking #3

Time To Pay

I can’t ramble far tonight, because its early evening and it’s already dark outside.  Thank you, Daylight Savings Time!    I love it when it is dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.  And as much as I enjoy that “extra hour’s sleep” in the fall, I know I will pay dearly for it next spring when you come back around like the Grim Reaper to get it back … with interest.  You, DST, are like the IRS of time.

You’re like, “Hey, remember that hour I loaned you last fall?”

And when I say, a little warily, “Yessss?”, you say,

“Yeah.  Um.  I’ll be needing that back.”

“Oh.  Okay.  Sure.  No problem.”

“Well, there’s a little problem,” you say with a sympathetic smile, much like the loan shark who’s about to break your knees with a cudgel.

“What little problem?” I ask naively.

“Well, there’s the interest.”

“Interest?  I didn’t know there was interest.  I’ll be glad to give you back the hour you loaned me.”

You chuckle.   “Well, yes, I’ll be taking that hour back.  Along with every hour of your life for the next three weeks.”

“Nooooooo!” I yell, lifting my hands up at camera that’s rapidly panning backwards through the rain and the despair.

The Pilgrims Landing at Galveston Rock

The weather here in Dallas is decidedly un-autumn like.  The temperatures are in the 70s and 80s (~ 23-27 C).  The sun is bright as hell, requiring the use of sunglasses.  The grackles (our local bird of choice) are sleek and healthy looking.  The leaves are slowly changing colors and falling, but only out of boredom.  The breezes are light and southerly.  Flowers are in full bloom.

It makes me think that if the Pilgrims had landed here in Texas rather than Massachusetts, those first winters of theirs may have been much more pleasant.  They might have also started saying “y’all” and “fixin’ to” and “dern tootin’“.  Although I can’t imagine William Bradford landing at Galveston and saying, “Howdy, Pilgrim.  I’m fixin’ to mosey on over there to that big ‘ol rock over there.  Y’all tie up them ships and sidle on over there directly and we’ll have us some barbecue and whomp us up some vittles.  Dern tootin’!

The history of America might have turned out a whole lot different if it had actually happened that way.  At the very least, we might all be eating wild hog for Thanksgiving, rather than turkey.  Or some kind of jerky.  Or maybe chili.

R.I.P. CDs

I went into Barnes & Noble today to buy a CD for someone as a gift.  I was disappointed.  CDs have apparently gone the way of the dodo, the woolly mammoth, and the solvent 401K.  In the large room in the back that has been chock full of CDs for as long as I can remember, the CD section consisted of some sad little shelves in the back, and offered only “Best of …” CDs and Christmas music.  The rest of the thousand or so square feet was dedicated to DVDs and, ironically, vinyl albums.

Those of you who have been reading my humble little blog for a while know that I have written before about how bemused I am that such an archaic and inferior music-delivery system has made a comeback in a big way.  But I did not think that CDs would disappear so quickly.  I looked for a CD the other day at Target.  They don’t even sell CDs any more!  What is the world coming to?  (Waves my buggy whip in the air angrily.)

So it is official.  The age of the CD is over.  Time of death:  2017.

Toe tag ’em, boys, and get ’em down to the cooler.




  1. I hate Daylight Savings Time lol. I hate how I get off work at 6 or 7 and it’s dark outside – makes me want to go home and sleep and not do anything at all!

    And I’m jealous of your weather down there! It’s in the 30’s-50’s up here and I’ve broken out my winter clothes 😭

    It’s sad to me that CD’s have gone extinct almost. Everything has moved digitally though, and even I have to admit I haven’t bought a CD in years because of it. Vinyl I think is just more durable and fun than CDs – I guess – so it’s made a comeback because people like that vintage feeling. It is weird though.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Laken! I feel the same about DST. I think it wastes more time than it saves, because I too just want to go to bed as soon as I get home. Why not? It’s too dark to do anything else.

      And you can have all this weather you want. It was 75 degrees today (23 C) and sunny and it is VERY hard to get into the holiday spirit when it is that warm.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      • I agree with that! I don’t motivate very well when it gets dark lol.

        And ohh man I’m jealous! I haven’t worn shorts outside in two months. It may be harder to get in the holiday spirit, but the weather has been goofy up here, too. Usually by now we get some snow that’s at least laid, but we had snow flurries a couple of days and that was it. Makes me nervous for after the holidays. I’d rather have the 70° weather 😂


  2. Don’t know about other people but I’ve usually been able to get a good hour and two minutes back from the end of Daylight Saving Time. I think you have to work it through a credit union, instead of a bank, is the trick.

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  3. Check out the prices for a brand new CD player and you’ll be shocked. The Best Buy here no longer sells CDs either. It’s all online. Vinyl records are cool except the flipping part.

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    • And the scratches. And the warping. And the having to keep them meticulously clean to avoid ticks and pops. And the wow. And the flutter. And having to handle them with cotton gloves to keep from getting oil on them. And having to keep the tone arm perfectly balanced.

      I could go on and on. Lol!

      But I do really miss the cool album cover art and the great inserts that a lot of artists put in their album sleeves.

      Thanks for commenting! It’s always greatly appreciated.


      • Ha! Ya, all valid points. It’s all that work and attention that makes the music more satisfying. Sorta?

        What I like about vinyl is the big cover as well and also being able to see it spin.

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        • Oh yes, definitely! I didn’t mean to imply I don’t like vinyl. I have so many fond memories of listening to vinyl albums with my brother as we read the liner notes and talked about the music we were listening to. Even the ritual of preparing the album for listening (remember DiscWasher?) had a certain charm about it. But I do love the near-indestructibility of CDs. 🙂


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