Sunday, March 8, 2015

The End

It was a good run.

First I blogged for Everyday Sociology, which was a great experience. Then I started this blog in July 2011. I've had so much fun.

I think my favorite story I wrote for this blog is called "The Lake," probably because it contains a Van Halen reference.

Here are the three posts that have gotten the most pageviews on this blog, in no particular order:
1.) Doing Gender
2.) To Parents of Sociology Majors
3.) Ideas for Breaching Experiments

I like a few posts I wrote about Facebook...
1.) Nobody Has Sex (Thinking About Facebook Norms)
2.) Facebook is Television

I wrote a lot about being a parent and family man on this blog, and had fun doing so.
1.) Just Another Day
2.) A Good Day in the Life
3.) Housework, Childcare, and Life
4.) My Report Card as a Father and Man
5.) Skating in Buffalo (and other Good Times)

I'm proud of a list of resources I compiled for teaching and learning about race and ethnicity (click here to see).

In 2015, I posted homemade comic strips for a series called Stick Figure Society (click here for an example).

I promised I would perfect the art of the cold take this year. If I do, it will take place elsewhere. I'm not sure what writing adventure I'm going to pursue. But I know it's time to try something new.

If you like my writing style, please consider checking out my intro-level book Sociology in Stories, now in its second edition. Click here for a description of the approach I took in writing the book. It's a short, accessible book. I've actually taught a nine day summer course, enough time for students to get through the book. If you're a sociology instructor looking for a different book to use in your introduction course, I hope you'll keep it in mind or consider adding it to whatever book(s) you already assign.

It isn't easy for me to leave this blog. I've already left Twitter, which I explain here. Twitter and this blog were important ways for me to write in the past several years. But frankly, I grew concerned my writing on Twitter and this blog became stale, so I'd like to retool.

I might go old school for a while--keep a journal, write in a composition notebook--or, who knows, maybe I'll stay in the 21st century and record a TODD Talk. I still have a few dreams up my sleeve so I think I'll just see if I can figure out exactly what they are.

I'm done blogging, at least for now, but I'll still be writing. I'm in constant pursuit of the perfect sentence. Until I write one, I'll keep writing.

Where my writing will take me, I don't know. Until then, you can find me by e-mail ( or at a grocery store in the suburbs of Buffalo.

And so he rode off into the sunset, listening to Billy Idol. And people thought that was strange.

The end.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Just a Friendly Reminder: America is a Circus

Previously on this blog, I made the case that America is a circus.

In case we need more proof, we can examine the details of Judge Judy's new contract. Under her old contract, she reportedly earns approximately $45 million per year.

America is a circus, case closed.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Today is March 1. It's Still Snowing.

The view from my car as I drove to the grocery store this morning:

That's a person on a bicycle.

Spring can't arrive fast enough.

That's all I have for today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Thursday in February

On Thursdays, I usually take my 4-year-old to my parents and then I head to my office for the day to grade, prepare for class, etc. But my parents are in Florida, so I'm with Mack today. It was too cold to play outside, so all I could think to do was go to the grocery store and then Subway for lunch (his choice).

Mack likes to look at the lobsters so we spent a moment doing so.

Suddenly, "Your Love is Driving Me Crazy" came piping through the store. This song will stay in my head for days. Thanks, grocery store soundtrack maker.

The song put a little pep in my step, I won't kid you.

Then I came across Kardashian news.

Fast forward to lunch. Mack wanted to go to Subway. I took our picture. Look how this winter has aged me.

I like Subway better than most other fast food places. I don't have much to say except maybe it's the best of a bad lot. When I finish off a veggie delite, I certainly feel better than when I drop a cheeseburger in my stomach from McDonalds or other burgercentric places. However, with due respect to Subway, I doubt they have the Best. Breakfast. Ever.

Recently, my friend and fellow sociologist of everyday life Matt Loveland wrote a good piece about Subway. Check it out here.

Well, I'm writing this while Mack watches Calliou. Don't judge. Soon he'll take a nap and I can do some grading and e-mailing.

And how was your day?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Song of the Day: "Empty Nesters" by Toro Y Moi

Do 42-year-olds listen to Toro Y Moi? What's the rule book say about that?

Whatever the case, I like this song. It has positive energy, and I can use some.

I haven't studied the lyrics or analyzed the video. I'm taking my sociology hat off for three and half minutes and enjoying the music.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cold in July (The Movie)

My wife and I watched Cold in July last night. A reviewer for Variety described it as Texas pulp fiction. Don Johnson is in the movie. I have to say, he steals some scenes. We liked the movie. Good, not great. There were odd and surprising moments. I won't spoil any plot details here. All I'll say is the payoff came at the end, in the form of the song that played when the credits rolled. It was "Wait" by White Lion, a song from my adolescence. Enjoy this, my friends. Enjoy.