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I wrote with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I wrote too much. Sometimes, others did. I liked to write. I still like to write. But I did not write to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone. There is a bright line between writing, which I gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting someone, which is a violent crime.

We wrote too much. We liked to write. You know, we... whatever the chart says, a word/page count chart.

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February 07, 2021

cows in 1% better

When I was in India, the subcontinent, the land where every glance tells a story, where every interaction is a long poem narrating the deeds and sad adventures of a half completed experimental ru...


February 05, 2021

sunshine and fresh fruit in 1% better

I was once almost mugged by three guys in an alleyway. I don’t know why they targeted me. I clearly didn’t have any money. Maybe I looked like a hippie lay-about, an easy target. Probably I was j...


I recently learned that there is no ‘c’ in the Icelandic language, which means I could never say my favourite swear word. The sound of laughter drifted up from the street below, making me feel ve...


February 03, 2021

due to expire in 1% better

Day 26. Feb 3. Yep, we are getting there. A quick scan of the front page of PB reveals that the topics of today are family and relationships, money and work, health, daily drama, school, food, co...


I often, during these times of lockdown and winter shut-in, think back to the times when I worked in offices. I did so twice in nice offices of big and important companies and several other times...


February 01, 2021

Can't buy me love in 1% better

I used to always carry change in my pockets. In a little box in my home office, with my keys, there are some cheap eyeglasses (readers), a credit card wallet, a little flashlight and a small plas...


Like diner food, a hot turkey sandwich, shoestring fries on the side, a cup of coffee in a thick porcelain mug, a corner booth with a view out the window to the cars, trucks and rvs in the parkin...


Taiwan is a magical place and a backwater. I love far flung and forgotten places like Taiwan. It actually hasn’t really gotten much better known in the 30+ years since I first set foot on the isl...


It’s funny how life goes. First a little baby born in a time of Scandinavian furniture, sparse rooms with big ashtrays, bookshelves full of books. I was a Norman Rockwell boy. I had a slingshot ...


January 28, 2021

Ten days in Manila in Morning Stream

It is so easy to change life. With so little effort and planning, I could pick up and move half way round the world. I could change my name again and then my wardrobe. I’d make new friends, estab...


It seems sometimes that the news is getting better. But is it really? Maybe it is just getting less bad. Or maybe we are just used to this level of badness. I shouldn’t lay in bed listening to ne...


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January 25, 2021

time to waste in 1% better

Monday morning. Day 35 on my countdown. The sky is the colour of my old white t-shirts, the ones that I never separate before washing. My missus asked me yesterday how long I could do this, loung...


January 24, 2021

mapping knowledge in 1% better

I’m a guy that doesn’t really have a hometown, a story not unique in this day and age, but important none the less. My kids have a hometown. We gave them that stability, 20 years here now. That ...


January 23, 2021

Call any vegetable in Morning Stream

Eggplant like, the Holy Roman Empire, which wasn’t really holy, wasn’t totally Roman or much of an empire as we have come to define them, isn’t an egg or really much of a plant. It is a weird nig...


January 22, 2021

Felonious flight in Morning Stream

My mom keeps sending me worthless family treasures, most recently a couple of books that look to be 100 years old, more maybe — The Count of Monte Cristo in two little volumes. I open the first o...


January 21, 2021

Billy-goatgate in Morning Stream

I’ve been down so many roads, been in so many rooms, I’ve met so many people that nothing surprises me anymore. I don’t feel tension when put into uncommon circumstances. I certainly never freak ...


January 20, 2021

Tales from the goat rodeo in 1% better

When I wake up too early to get up, like this morning, I lay in bed and put on a podcast. Nine times out of ten I will fall back asleep again and then end up sleeping past my normal time to wake ...


January 19, 2021

Burly ravioli in Morning Stream

Some people live lives full of chaos and haphazard adventure. They drop their phone in the snow while wrestling with the squirming cat, a handbag and a set of car keys. The cat gets loose and can...


January 18, 2021

beaches and mountains in 1% better

We often find ourselves at crossroads where we have to decide. Do we turn left and enjoy everlasting happiness and unbridled joy? Do we go straight and continue on the path that we are already on...


January 17, 2021

Sitting in my tin can in 1% better

I know that it is not politically correct, or socially sanctioned to say this, and you know I’m not optimistic as a general rule, and it seems wrong to say, but I am enjoying the lockdown. Weird...


I like cooking omelettes for breakfast, if only because it gives me a reason to cut the cheese. I cut into some Limburger yesterday at lunchtime, it was like being in Belgium, in 1917, trench war...


January 15, 2021

Chirp like a dolphin in Morning Stream

Turns out that all the Youtubers in China and not only those in China but those who were in China and got kicked out, those positive to China and those anti-China, the whole kit and caboodle got ...


January 14, 2021

五毛 in Morning Stream

After years of lurking, I suppose it was mostly out of boredom that I start commenting on YouTube posts. I wanted to see what would happen. Naturally my comments were thoughtful and mainly positi...


January 13, 2021

Beet-flavoured thoughts in 1% better

When I read that Tim Hortons, our most beloved coffee franchise recently launched bacon flavoured coffee, my fist thought was, “Why did it take this long?” We already have cereal flavoured coffee...


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