Conrad Heyer was born in 1749, fought as part of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was photographed in 1852 at 103 years of age.

Waved and said hello to @FINALLEVEL (aka Ice T to everyone not on Twitter) as he was getting into a cab at the Adolphus in Dallas in 1998. He did say hello back. 🙂…

Had a chat with Michael O’Hare in a London hotel lobby, August 1995, while he waited for his limo. He was so gracious. #RIP…

“The idea that any of you would rather spend eight hours making shallot jam for a shallot pasta that is, by any measure, fine, as opposed to spending half an hour making queso fundido and just going ham on it with some chips, proves to me that you are lying to no one but yourselves.”

This entire article made me smile and laugh.

My review of @jackcarrusa’s latest, Savage Son, is now live.

It takes about a year to get one’s driver’s license in Rwanda. You may be tempted to think it’s because of a slow bureaucracy in a third-world nation, but no. It’s because driving school is very, very meticulous. Here’s a reason why. #MemoryMonday

iPhone home screen, 11 May 2020

There have been some changes.

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Gee, Chris, why don’t you ever want to go on a cruise?

Gosh, I just don’t know.

I am a day late noting it, but Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) has an excellent historical piece on Cinco de Mayo. Oh, the what-ifs from this period of history alone could churn out a score of Harry Turtledove alternate-history tomes.

Yeah, folks, it’s not really a podcast if it’s on YouTube and not available as a download into a podcast player app via a RSS feed. That’s just your video on YouTube.

When the care package from your best friend in Baton Rouge arrives! #LSU #GeauxTigers

Happy birthday to @robkroese! Let’s all celebrate by buying of one his Blade Runner-esque The Big Sheep books, or one his hilarious Rex Nihilo novels, or one of his deeply-researched and brilliant Iron Dragon (Vikings build a spaceship!) books.

The hunt is finished.

One of us is way more impressed with @JackCarrUSA’s latest than the other. (Hint: it’s me.)

Yay for today’s mail and this goodie from @patrickrhone. I love this book size, Patrick!

In the field of marching bands, Frank Wickes is a legend. With a 30-year tenure at #LSU, he was, for many alumni, the only LSU band director they’ve ever known. I’m honored to have shared the pregame field of Tiger Stadium in the fall of 1989 with him leading the Golden Band from Tigerland. Rest in peace, Mr. Wickes.

For what it’s worth, I roll with “Modern Noir” as my @tweetbot icon, because @tapbot_paul once referred to that look as the “murder bird” and I find that amusing.

With its five first-round #NFLDraft2020 picks, @LSUfootball had more players taken than the entire Pac-12 did (3).

And the entire ACC (3).

And as many as the entire Big 12.

And as many as the entire B1G.

A different type of tiger stripes in @Joe_Burrow10’s future. Way to geaux, Joe! Congrats! #NFLDraft2020

Grief, as it turns out, is one of the dominant features of our having been engulfed by the events of our time, weaving its way in and around our anxiety and anger, inflaming our hearts and weighing down our lives along the way.”

Tonight at Chez Turner, we tried out a new sous chef.

Please. Allow me to play you the song of my people.

This weekend I’ve been revisiting the greatness of @Evanescence’s Fallen. I continue to marvel at @AmyLeeEV’s vocals.

The Empowered Parent Podcast Shelters in Place

A sobering thought today: Tom Cruise’s first Mission Impossible film and John Frankenheimer’s Ronin are now the sort of espionage thrillers my teenage son looks at the way I looked at the Cold War spy movies of the 1960s when I was his age.