John Scholvin

John Scholvin

still can’t fit a half-stack in the trunk

03 Apr 2022

a question

Tunnel of Love (Туне́ль Коха́ння) in Klevan, Ukraine I have a question. And I really do pose this as a question to which I seek an answer, not as some gotcha rhetorical trick: Can Russia just do whatever they want to whomever they want in their ...
09 Mar 2022

artifacts

I was at my dad’s condo a couple of weeks ago, going through his files for some important papers, when I came across this gem: a promissory note for a PLUS loan my mother and I cosigned in February of 1989. That would have been the start of ...
29 Jan 2022

state of the blog(ger)

I don’t really make new year’s resolutions. Not anymore. Most years, they ended up slipping completely out of mind, only to creep back during those quiet overnight staring-at-the-ceiling sessions. “Oh, yeah, there’s a whole...
31 Dec 2021

pictures of 2021

The past year resists any attempt to weave a narrative or theme around it. There were some major ups and downs, which sets it apart from 2020, a year that had no ups. But I can’t say if it was better or worse. Different and less linear, for sur...
21 Dec 2021

dark solstice

I mean, they’re all dark, kind of by definition. For most of my adult life, especially since I understood the profound effects of seasonal affective disorder on me, the winter solstice has always been one of the biggest milestones of the yea...
25 Nov 2021

eleven plus

Eleven and a half years ago, when we moved into this house, we put together an ordered list of the various projects we’d be undertaking to make the place our own. It was a lengthy list, and right near the top was the living room. This magnif...
07 Jun 2021

blue

For some of these kids, it's the last competitive game they're ever going to play. I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming certified (“patched,” in the vernacular) to umpire IHSA baseball games on and off for a few years. When...
25 Apr 2021

canal bank road

I did a moderately-to-severely dumb thing today. It started when I got into a wikihole and ended up on the page of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. It’s a fascinating piece of civil engineering, the thing that enabled the reversal of the...
13 Apr 2021

thirteens

If you had told me on March 13, 2020, that I was done traveling for at least the next thirteen months, and that I’d be working from home every day during that time, I’d have probably been shocked at first. I thought we were just going ...
29 Mar 2021

waning

via today’s NYT I’ve been watching that 70% dot move tantalizingly closer. As interesting and important as this graph is in its own right, perhaps more interesting has been how it has been changing over time. Two weeks ago, the Times...