If there's one thing that a brush with death should tell me...

Kids, one thing that a brush with death should tell me is that life is eminently worth living. The good, the bad - like a marriage, it's a package deal, and you're better off if you make it work right.

My high school football coach was great (I wasn't), but he said one thing that stuck out more than anything else: "The most important thing in your life is to be happy."

So simple, so true. Do what you can to get through life being happy, for you and yours.

The Gathering – Without Me

I was in Hong Kong last week, doing the day job thing. Bad timing, because while I was there, the Annual Scotch Tasting Party gathered. This is the same event chronicled a while back in my blog entry, “A 21st Of Scotch,” which is alarming to me when I realize how long I’ve had this […]

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

As I write this, it is Friday the 13th. Unluckiest day of the week (really? why not Monday?) and unluckiest number.  Just rife with dreadful possibilities. Now, I try to be rational in my life. I’ve never been impressed with that particular superstition or much of any others, except the ones that I create, like […]

Gimme Buffet

I love a dinner buffet. I mean, who wouldn’t? With unerring efficiency, you pick up the amount of food you will eat, as well as the varieties you want. No suspense in waiting to see your size portion or getting a weird mini-corn cob or something else on your plate that looks suspicious, unless you […]

The Natural (and a couple unnatural) Wonders of Yellowstone

The Natural (and a couple unnatural) Wonders of Yellowstone

I live in the good ol’ USofA, and I like it here. I’ve been to other places around the world, and I like those other places too, mostly. But it’s here that I call home, so it’s here that my frame of reference stays. Grandma and I went to Yellowstone once. There are a few […]

Travel Notes

I like to travel and take pictures and see new places, and sometimes I get a wild impulse to not just see the sights, as it were, but to enjoy an area as a local would, going to somewhere to hang out and not as a major attraction. With that in mind, I stepped out […]

Dump Too

I take a somewhat perverse pleasure in going to the landfill. I don’t go often, but when I do, I look forward to it. One reason, I suppose, is it represents a bit of a purge to house clutter. You look at my desk, and I’m one of the more cluttery people on the planet. […]

Deluge – The Aftermath

We live in Colorado, which at this time, late September 2013, has seen more than its share of rain. In fact, unprecedented amounts. A few people have been killed, hundreds still unaccounted for, thousands with lost or damaged homes. Given vicious and widespread wildfires of the past several years, and now this torrent, the term […]

Hey, tell us a disgusting story

Food. I pride myself (although in this case, “pride” really shouldn’t be the correct verb; more like, “fixate childishly”) on being able to eat just about anything, at least once. I’m just not squeamish about most things. We’re just all made different, and enjoying a broad range of stuff to eat that might make a […]

A 21st of Scotch

A couple decades and change ago, my great friend Johann (the same Johann mentioned in Wild Pigs), suggested that we get together for a night of single-malt scotch tasting. The pool of victims that he picked were some of the members of the recreational soccer team that we both played on. Now, when I say […]

The Banana Bread Battle

It was holiday season, time to make the banana bread, and the bananas were on sale, so I stocked up. I was walking through the store with about 45 bananas in the cart, walked past a lady giving out samples of some pastry, said no thanks. She looks and says, “I have to ask. Do […]