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ow.gifPrepositionwear has been intruding on my mind lately. It started when I decided to buy a new jacket last week. My first reaction was to look online at some of the major retailers to see what might still be available now that we are all supposed to be buying bathing suits and cargo shorts (after all, it’s February already - just ignore the 14” snowstorm occurring out my window as I write this…).

I logging onto L.L. Bean, I realized that I needed to choose “outerwear” - a logical category since the jacket would be the outermost piece of clothing. But then it dawned on me that the innermost piece of clothing is called “underwear” - why not “innerwear”. For that matter, why not call jackets “overwear”?

The wheels started spinning. Should I go to the department store and ask where the "overwear" is displayed? Would the salesperson run off if I enquired about "bottomcoats" as Spring alternative to a topcoat?

I had the good sense to mention all this to Nancy on our way into Macys on Saturday. She gave me a verbal head slap and I managed to behave myself. But it wasn’t easy.

On Webstats and Fan Mail


I've got one of those nifty web statistics utilities going that gives me all sorts of useful/less information about who and how many are visiting my blog. Statistics is a rather absurd term for single and occassional double-digit numbers, but the geek gene runs strong in these veins and so I check the stats every few days anyway.

Recently there has been a major shift in the traffic to the site. In the past, most of my discerning readers came to me via Google searches for Bride of Chucky or ring-o-fire graphics and a disturbing number of these were from France. What French Bride of Chucky fans might look like (close your eyes and imagine a cross between Beavis and Charles DeGaulle with a Black Sabbath t-shirt and pierced eyebrow...) is something that causes me great trouble falling to sleep at night, but I was grateful for their readership in spite of the fact that the stats showed they spent an average of 12 whole seconds poking around.

Recently however, there has been a decided shift to referrals from Callalillie.com, where I have been known to post comments from time to time. Though sometimes these are positive, helpful little tidbits of knowing advice, more often they are snide/snarky attempts at humor. This is, of course, completely allowable in that I contributed exactly half the genes that Callalillie currently calls her own. That she should now be helping to inflate this blog into double-digit stats is the least that she might do until the time comes when she has to shovel babyfood into my slack jaw.

An unintended consequence of this situation is that I have actually developed a FAN, no TWO fans! - and they are women! The first wrote a piece about me on her blog where she called me a "cool dad", a species that is apparently endangered these days. Now a second has emerged, writing an email to callalillie asking her to urge bobtrancho to post more frequent entries because he is "SO witty" and makes her "laugh out loud" (not a good idea while working at that law office, Maura, they'll think your laughing at them - you know how sensitive lawyers are about lawyer jokes...)

I am, of course, flattered by this tidal wave of celebrity. I've started wearing sunglasses on my trips down to the Price Chopper and am trying to decide which agency should represent me.

But I may not be ready for this leap into notoriety. What do I do when screaming women tear at my clothes while I'm at the post office. How do I explain the panties tossed at me in the library? What if that site visitor from Holland sends me pictures wearing nothing but a tulip or two?

I'll just have to try to take it as it comes...

Only Slightly Painful

I'm back up on the new host server - only 12 hours after starting the switch. All the automated/"easy" options for migrating over didn't work so it ended up a manual process.

Now to get the photoblog up and running.


After the fourth server problem in five months, I've bitten the bullet and am moving to a new web host.

That means some down time over the new few days as the Internet digests my new web server address and starts to point to it correctly.

Once that occurs I'll need to reload the blog at it's new home. Hopefully, all will be humming again in 2-3 days.

During that time I'll be in full geek ranting mode, transferring the data from this blog and the photoblog, fumbling over typos, mySQL databases, and FTP transfers. Do I know how to have fun or what?

The Complete Kitchen


for those who eat out every night...


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