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Are these hotel perks for families? Are they new?

Roger Yu’s article in yesterday’s USA Today grabbed my attention for its headline claim that “Hotels court business travelers’ spouses, kids.”

Yu’s examples of new perks offered to court the spouses and children of business travelers:

•In 2011, Homewood Suites will revamp and expand its hotels’ fitness facilities. They’ll also install machines that have plug-in […]

Common Good Cafe an uncommonly good stop on Mt. Desert Island

If you find yourself on Mount Desert Island, perhaps to see the most extravagant beauties of Acadia National Park, take a stop to the often-neglected southwestern corner of the island for two highlights: the Wonderland trail leads to a low-tide tidepooling paradise with starfish and limpets and mussels and crabs and an astonishing variety […]

London’s New Motto

On every street in the center of town there are multiple cameras aimed in multiple directions, making it impossible to have a moment of privacy. […]

Entero, cocci! Behind the Maine Healthy Beaches Initiative

This morning, some visiting extended family members and I took a trip to the little-known pocket beach called Goodies Beach in Rockport, Maine. It was a sunny day, the water was warm enough to swim in with a bit of pluck, and we were all having a blast noodling about with buckets, shovels, splashes, hermit […]

I See London, I See France, I See Greenland’s …

I saw Greenland’s mountains. I saw the actual mountains. The rocks. […]

Which Florida Will You Visit?

Visions of Florida tourism, from VisitFlorida and from the Escambia County Health Department. […]

Perhaps You Should Not Try Your Hand at this Machine

It’s a subtle indicator like this that a real pro looks for in a casino.

Come to think of it, perhaps this sign should be placed throughout the gambling establishment.

Middle Aged Dork In Atlanta

The most recent signal to me that I am a middle-aged dork: On the way to my hotel in Atlanta, tonight, I passed by an “adult novelty” store called Inserection. The thought came to my mind, “That’s a misspelling. Don’t they realize that’s a turn off?”

Honorable Menschen: Portland, Maine

A few months ago, I was visiting the city of Portland, Maine and parked along a street for an hour or so. The parking meters on that street were set a few feet away from the curb. Not seeing my alloted parking meter, I didn’t feed it a coin.

When I returned to my […]

Visit Louisiana!

Come visit Louisiana – where you can pick up free oil on the seashore! […]

The Crocus Blooms Before the Harbor

Although halfway up the coast of Maine is farther north than Toronto, Canada, in the winter the weather here is often more like that in Pennsylvania, the ocean warms the air so much. Spring’s here, or at least that’s what the crocus tells me:

But the harbors here haven’t bloomed yet. They’re still in […]