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September 27, 2009

New Short Story: Donkeys

Filed under: Fiction — Roman @ 11:02 am

This morning I finished major revisions of a short story I’ve been working on for awhile. It’s called Donkeys and it’s about a young cook working at a restaurant in Boston. I would love for you to read it and tell me what you think, as I’m planning on sending it out before the end of the fall reading period. Because it’s 11,000 words, I’d be happy to send it to you as a Word doc, if that makes things easier. Enjoy! (more…)

September 24, 2009

Shop Test

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 7:27 pm

Today we were tested on the skills required to cut, bend and crimp copper tubing, flare and swage the ends, and silver-solder joints together. At the end, our pipe projects were submitted to 200psi of nitrogen and submersed in water to check for bubbles (leaks). Yours truly got a 100.

Here’s some pictures: (more…)

September 23, 2009

Circuits and Doughnuts

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 2:35 pm

Today I took two pass/fail lab practicals in my Basic Electricity class. I created a “dead-short” in the series circuit with a switch but had no trouble making a parallel circuit with two bulbs on a switch and a third wired directly to the power source. Even if you know nothing about electricity, you’ll probably guess that the first is easier to do. So why did I screw it up? My brain is definitely out of shape when it comes to this sort of thing.

On a totally unrelated note, Laura and I were in Louisville, KY for a wedding over the weekend. Neither of us had ever been to that state. The grass really is a shade of blue…so crazy! The reception was held at a place called Yew Dell Gardens, in the horse country. The scenery was so lush and the grounds were impeccable. Though La and I never seriously considered a Big Wedding for ourselves, we had a great time being guests at Tony and Christine’s. Just at the end of the party, before the bride and groom jetted off in a vintage Thunderbird, all the guests were treated to Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Totally delicious. Totally sinful. Later that night I figured I’d also have to try some KFC, because when in Rome… Let me just say, Double Sin = Double Delish.

Oh and did I mention it was the end of Bourbon Week?

So now five pounds heavier, it’s time to start jogging again. Sigh.

September 14, 2009

Near Death Experience and More Thoughts on Publishing.

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 9:22 pm

Greetings from the land of the living. Today I came THIS close to electrocuting myself in the pursuit of my HVAC certificate. (more…)

September 7, 2009

War? What War?

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 1:55 pm

The other day while I was working in the post office, a woman came in to deliver a thick stack of postcards. I was introduced to her by a co-worker as a regular customer who often sends packages and letters to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Far as I can tell, this woman does not have children of her own, though she calls all of her adopted soldiers, who she finds through, her “children.” (more…)

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