The car of the future today

Building of the future, today It's time for a new car. I've driven the old Pinto for nearly 44 years and at long last I'm rid of it. Gladiola and I made the decision a few days ago and last night, in the gloom and heat, I drove it to the Cliffs of Destruction. As … Continue reading The car of the future today

Love in the Time Before Zombies

Outside the bedroom window, storm clouds turn the sky a steely blue. Norm and Jill are afraid that the world is unraveling and that soon, civilization will collapse. Some people are waiting for the time of the zombies to come, both fearing it and desperately craving it. They want apocalypse, burning cities, every man for … Continue reading Love in the Time Before Zombies

Sprung upon

The day after the Shining Star closed I went for breakfast one morning to find that the Shining Star, a greasy spoon on Amsterdam and 78th had closed. It was Saturday morning and the people I shared my life with were still in their pajamas. Signs taped in the window said goodbye and thanked everyone … Continue reading Sprung upon

Note to the piano movers

Thanks so much for coming ahead of the storm. It’s only a category three; I don’t know why they even bother to call it a hurricane. When you first enter the house, be certain to ignore our darling dog, Schatzi, who has a multiple personality disorder. He’s suitably medicated, but, if disturbed will most certainly … Continue reading Note to the piano movers

The first shots fired in a long war

Today, we're on a break from the detective story. That doesn't mean that the writing team has no idea where the story is going. Just that something urgent popped into the inbox this morning. See below for details: A few years ago I purchased a DropCam mostly so the family could observe our then new dog when she was home alone, … Continue reading The first shots fired in a long war

Inspected by #4

It was the mid-90s and you could still run full tilt through an airport without fuss and arrive at a gate just before the door closed. I’d already missed my connection for any one of the usual reasons, and this was the last flight leaving Pittsburgh for Philadelphia. And somehow there was one ticket left, … Continue reading Inspected by #4

Ovellyn (Day 1033)

An eleven year old Ovelynn stoops down and speaks into a camera. Her freckled face takes up almost the entire field of view. She is so excited that it takes her a moment to catch her breath. “Hello…” and she takes a few quick breaths. “Hello world!” she says. “Oh my god, I’m hyperventilating!” She … Continue reading Ovellyn (Day 1033)