Posts by Jerome Parent

Downsizing for Life

My pants fell down the other day. Fortunately, I was in my closet at the time. But then it happened again in the garage while I was carrying in groceries. No one saw me thank goodness. I’m either going to have to get a smaller belt or get my pants hemmed. Don’t even suggest that I buy new clothes. That is not in the budget. Some people would be happy

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The Mathematics of a Massacre

I, like many Americans, followed the events in Las Vegas with a mixture of horror and helplessness. I’m tired of thoughts and prayers and flower memorials and most of all tired of the routine nature of mass shootings in America. Each new massacre unfolds like an old-fashioned melodrama in which everyone plays their role, the audience knows what will happen next, and then the actors disappear from the stage until

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Boys and Their Toys

The shovel ripped into the pile of gravel with a grinding sound as I sweated through the task of turning multiple piles of gravel into a smooth driveway. Our one acre property had a lot of driveway. Until now it had been nothing but mud and clay. Two dump truck loads of ¾ inch gravel were going to change that. As I strained to spray one shovelful of rock after

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Chit Happens

I lost my chit recently. No, that’s not a typo. Although to be fair, I have seen people lose their shit over losing their chit. And the truth is I didn’t really lose it. It’s just no longer good chit. Who really wants chit that’s no good? For the uninitiated, chits are, in this case, pieces of metal with an employee’s name stamped on them. Chits are then exchanged for

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Lights Out

I don’t have a bucket list. Instead, I try to take advantage of every opportunity for unique adventures that life sends my way. Exhibit A was my trip to the top of the Washington Monument. My work with the Space Foundation had taken me to Washington D.C. smack dab in the middle of Operation Desert Shield. Since it was off-season and people were afraid to fly due to terrorist threats,

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Afghanagain

Some Trumpsters, particularly those in the administration, gushed at how “presidential” the Donald was in delivering his Afghanistan speech. I don’t see it. What I saw was a flip-flop on an issue he doesn’t care about based on the advice of his generals. Furthermore, I don’t understand his secret strategy for winning. Or even what winning in Afghanistan would look like. What I do understand is history. I also understand

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