Jase Graves

Hot for hot chocolate
I’ve never been a huge fan of hot chocolate...
Escape from New York and Southwest Airlines
In the 1980s, I repeatedly watched a recorded copy of the film “Escape from New York” on my family’s Panasonic VCR – complete with tuning knobs the size of hubcaps...
‘Let’s take a trip for the holidays,’ they said
For years, I’ve watched friends and acquaintances take family trips during the holiday season to exciting locations like Disney World, Hawaii, Colorado and Cracker Barrel. But not this year...
Christmas lights: A judgmental guide
One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970’s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a snack – again...
Invasion of the college students
Imagine, if you will, a tranquil late-autumn evening...
Get out of bed and breakfast
The whole concept of a bed and breakfast is pretty ingenious and fits almost perfectly with my lifestyle...
Nearly nailed it! (Asian food edition)
When I was growing up in 1970’s East Texas, my experiences with international cuisine were pretty much limited to pizza, spaghetti and an occasional tamale...
What’s in my name?
I’ve experienced a lifelong identity crisis, of sorts, because of my name (or names), and I’ve actually kind of enjoyed it  – most of the time...
The pen is sillier than the sword
For those of you who don’t know, my more respectable gig for the past quarter century, or so, has been teaching college English...
Dogs vs. daughters
My adult life has been full of transitions–from single to married, from childlessness to fatherhood, and from virile coolness to cringey blobfish...
New school clothes for dad
Now that my eldest and middle daughters are off at college dashing my prospects for retirement, and my youngest daughter has started navigating the pubescent challenges of high school, I can turn to more important matters – namely, pants...
And then there was one teenage daughter left at home
In recent days, the hormonal distribution in my household has become slightly more balanced as two of my three teenage daughters and several lines of credit are now off attending college...

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