• My daughter’s very interested in the global radar view in Dark Sky, so this evening I gave her the globe I had growing up. It’s missed a few service pack updates; she’s too young to understand that right now. Do I eventually tell her, or should I let the questions come naturally?

  • If you were a cool kid in the late Sixties, this is apparently what you collected.

  • I’m finally reading a biography I purchased as a Kindle book six years ago. (Ok, I’m revisiting it, having bailed once before.) I paid $11.99 in 2012. The Kindle book is still $11.99 today. The 920-page paperback edition is $8.69 with Prime delivery.

  • My daughter composed her first plate presentation last night. She looked at the different elements of her meal, the. took a piece of chicken from the pile, dressed her cilantro with ketchup, arranged it on the chicken, & placed a pickled carrot across the top.

  • Decades of undivided focus on cooking one animal to consistent perfection & daring to limit a menu to one protein, prepared one way is why Skylight Inn’s barbecue was honored with a James Beard Award. The only comparable pork I’ve had is at Payne’s in Memphis.

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that Donald Trump’s xenophobia & nativism are an un-American aberration. America has been ugly for a long time. My family’s experience is but one example. There are millions of others, many of them far more disturbing, going back centuries.

  • I’m struggling with alternating waves of exasperation, frustration, indignation, & anger today. I think the bottom line, hard realization for me is that it’s time to start doing less for something I love & want to succeed. I’m not going to pretend I like feeling this way.

  • USS North Carolina (BB-55)

    My third battleship visit, after the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in 2014 & USS Missouri (BB-63) in 2016.

  • Hi @cheesemaker & @manton: Is there a limit to the number of photos that can be uploaded in one Sunlit post? It looks like the app will let me add as many as I want to a story, but I ran into this error when I tried to upload the story.

  • My visit to the USS North Carolina (BB-55) brought me up to 1/3 of the remaining battleships afloat. I was able to see much more of her than I did of either the Wisconsin (in 2014) or Missouri (2016). (B&W gallery here.) Can I get to the next ship in 2020?

  • I lost my dad & stepdad of 27 years within eight months in 2011. Three years ago yesterday I found out I was going to be someone’s dad; I don’t think there’s been a day that’s passed that I haven’t thought about the two men who helped raise me. I wish my daughter knew them.

  • Bodie Island Lighthouse, built in 1872, was recently opened to climbers. The view from the top, 214 steps up a winding iron staircase, is great. The lighthouse was struck by lightning a few days before our visit, knocking out the light, but it was already operational again.

  • I’ll be able to finish reading a few books here.

  • Sometimes fortune smiles on you. Wilber’s Barbecue was a gift: East Carolina barbecue (wood-pit, whole hog since 1962); delectable, peppery-breaded fried chicken gizzards; toothsome hush puppies; & a brief conversation with Wilber himself, still working the post-church rush.

  • It’s going to take me a while to adjust to the redesign of Oak. I’ll try to keep an open mind, but my initial reaction after using it for a few sessions this morning is disappointment. Further gamification of the experience wasn’t necessary; it gets in the way of using the app.

  • He likes a story he can sink his teeth into.

  • Several years ago my route had the world’s greatest bus driver. I was disappointed when he said it was time to rotate to a new route; I told him he was the best driver I’d had in a decade of bus commuting. Years later, he still recognizes me & stops his bus to say hello.

  • I grew up eating plenty of catfish on the river & fish fry is a revered tradition where I live now. Mama J’s in Richmond served me the best fried catfish I’ve ever had — perfectly seasoned & crisp crust enclosed tender, moist filets. My side of candied yams was excellent.

  • It’s been 3+ months since I last posted a photo to Instagram. While I miss sharing glimpses of my life with friends & family (I kept a private account), every time I peek in I’m reminded of what drove me away: the avalanche of ads, algorithmic timeline, & “stories.”

  • Primanti Bros.: Neither the pastrami & cheese or kielbasa & cheese (topped with several pirogi instead of fries) were the best sandwich ever, but are unique & filling. Both meats verged on bland; the most memorable component was the slaw. The pirogi was a neat touch.

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