Trip to Antrim, Part 1

We drove the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland two weeks ago. We had gorgeous weather, and the coast itself was a marvel. ..

Message to the US: Stop taking Irish jobs!

A complaint of US workers: “Supposedly American companies lay off American workers and hire cheap labor in Mexico (or China or India).”
A complaint of Irish workers: “Supposedly Irish companies leave Irish workers to redundancies and hire cheap labour in the US.”
The Irish government, business groups, and labour unions spent the summer negotiating a new National Pay Agreement — a kind of super-contract for Irish workers. ..

Bugle Bit: What all parents should do

In case you missed Tina Fey’s acceptance at the Emmy Awards, for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, 30 Rock (video link):
I want to thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. ..

The Doorbell After Dark

The doorbell rang after 10:30 last night. Anita woke me up to ask if I’d heard it. The radio was playing in our bedroom, and I insisted that it was just a sound effect from some commercial.

City Cycle on the South Side, Sunday

After our outstanding experience last year, we were not about to let the 2008 Dublin City Cycle pass us by. ..

Constitution Day already?

It seems like just a few months ago that we celebrated Constitution Day 2007. ..

Message to the USA: Register to Vote!

Our absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 election in the US arrived today. Happy Day!