Category Archives: Moment of Zen

Moment of Zen: The Iron Bowl


🐘 vs.🐅

I do love a sexy football player.

Moment of Zen: Coffee or Tea?

In the mornings, I tend to prefer a hot cup of tea, but sometimes I drink a cup of coffee. I’m not sure why I prefer tea in the mornings, but I’ve always liked hot tea. For years, I’ve gone through periods of drinking tea in the mornings, and then I will go back to coffee for a while. Which do you prefer as a wake me up in the morning: coffee or tea?

Moment of Zen: Jeeps

There is something about a Jeep that is so incredibly sexy.

Moment of Zen: Sweatpants

Moment of Zen: Happy Halloween

I love Halloween; although it’s subdued this year due to the pandemic, I still love the holiday. I have a few Halloween movies I love to watch, such as Hocus Pocus and the gay thriller, Hellbent (which if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) oh, and let’s not forget, the campy Rocky Horror Picture Show. Horror movies have never been great cinema, but they can be fun to watch. Many years ago, I used to love when AMC (when it still played classic movies) and TCM would play all the classic monster movies, especially those from Universal Pictures. I loved films like Dracula with Béla Lugosi, Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, The Invisible Man with Claude Rains, The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr., The Raven, starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff, and even the silly horror-comedies with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. How can you not love these classic movies for a little Halloween fun? I never cared for many of the more recent horror movies. Many of them tend to the more grotesque than the scary, but the 1993 Disney classic, Hocus Pocus, has one of my favorite scenes when Bette Midler sings “I Put a Spell on You.” Enjoy:

Moment of Zen: Firemen and Kittens

Moment of Zen: Jockstraps

Moment of Zen: Five Years

Five years ago today, I arrived in Vermont. As I pulled into town, I was forced to make a detour around a train wreck, literally. There had been a train derailment in town a few days before that made the national news. As I got to town, they were transporting the train and had the main road blocked, so I had to take a detour. I made it into the parking lot of my new apartment just a minute or so before they hauled the train right past me. If I had been just a few minutes later, I’d have been stuck at a stop sign for over an hour as they slowly moved this train down the street.

By the way, if you are wondering why I chose a picture of a guy picking apples as my picture today, apples are one of the joys of Vermont, especially the cider made from them. Vermont makes some of the best hard cider in the world. If you like your cider a little dry, I suggest Citizen Cider made in Burlington, especially their Unified Press. If you like it a little sweeter, then I would suggest Woodchuck made in Middlebury. There are ciders made all over Vermont. Stowe Cider is another popular one, but it’s not one of my favorites. It has a very floral taste that I find off-putting in a cider. There are more than a dozen other cideries in Vermont, including Champlain Farms, which I don’t think I have ever had. By the way, Cider is one of the few alcoholic beverages that don’t trigger my migraines. I can no longer drink beer because of the debilitating headaches it causes, and I am not talking hangovers. I mean, before I can finish a bottle of beer, I have a tremendous headache. However, cider doesn’t do that to me, and I like cider better anyway.

The other great thing about Vermont is the cheddar cheese. Most white cheddars are called Vermont cheddar, but not all “Vermont” cheddar is made in Vermont. However, cheese from Cabot Creamery is made in Vermont, and I love their Seriously Sharp brand. I have said before that Vermonters will call anything that they put cheddar cheese and apples on “The Vermonter,” or some variation of the name. I am not thrilled with apples and cheddar cheese together, but independently, they are pretty good. Of course, Vermont is also known for its maple syrup. Vermont is the second-largest producer of maple syrup only behind Quebec.

So, I’ve been here for five years now. If I make it 25 more years, I might be able to retire and find a nice place to spend the rest of my life.

Moment of Zen: Margaritas

Moment of Zen: Autumn Leaves

Autumn is here, and in Vermont, we will reach peak leaf season over the next two weeks. The beauty of these few weeks of autumn makes it worthwhile to live in Vermont.

“Autumn Leaves” is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French, and later by Johnny Mercer in English. Paula Cole sings my favorite version (above) and Nat King Cole sings another beautiful version (below).