car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page


A Somewhat Brief Weekend Update

Beer Lists

Greg,a friend of mine out in Chicagoland,introduced me to a really cool website earlier last week. is something I’ve been looking for,on and off,for quite a while now –a place to keep track of and evaluate the beers I’ve sampled.

Part of it,I guess,Read on…

American V:The Pain of Johnny Cash


When I was spending the summer of 2004 in the heat-beaten desolation of extreme Western Iraq,I had plenty of opportunity to get to know the men in my platoon. One of them,a guy named Larry,was a 155mm howitzer section chief by trade,forced into a role as a squad leader after Read on…

Where I’ve Been,Where I Want To Go

Lately I’ve been disappointed with the quality of my writing here. When I started consistently updating Carriage Return I was writing much more prolifically,and with higher-quality content.

In the recent months it seems that my focus has shifted away from presenting well-reasoned,interesting,and engaging articles to a constant stream of musings and Op-Ed Read on…

All Hail the Mighty T-Shirt

I confess it here and now. I’m an unabashed fan of the T-shirt.

The majority of my time is spent in uniform,one that wasn’t designed to be particularly comfortable. The fabric doesn’t breathe at all because it has to be extremely tear-resistant,and the pattern was cut by someone who has Read on…

Plastic Can’t Beat the Real Thing

I don’t drink much pop (or soda,if that’s what you call it) anymore.

Back when I was in high school,I had a nearly unquenchable thirst for the stuff,especially for Coke. I never got the jitters,and I could successfully drink pop on the night before a cross country meet and still be Read on…