- Seattle, Washington,
- August 28
- I'm a middle-aged dad, clinging to my daughters' waning youth and my sanity.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Nelson Mandela: Some Thoughts
from a White American Guy.
December 06, 2013 03:55PM
- You'll Feel Better About
Yourself After You Read This.
December 02, 2013 02:23PM
- Front Row Seats to The Jerk.
November 25, 2013 03:06PM
- A Child Born of Camelot.
November 20, 2013 01:07PM
- Hollywood Makes Noah's Ark:
The Original Love Boat.
November 15, 2013 09:51PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks so much for the
comments in support of Don. I,
have gotten some
December 06, 2013 08:46PM
- “RW, don't put words in
my mouth. A good friend of
up in Johannesburg
December 06, 2013 06:43PM
- “Don, you're obviously a
lot more informed on South
history than I am.
December 06, 2013 06:15PM
- “Sounds like you're
having a tough go of it. One
of my single
December 03, 2013 12:19PM
- “Performance art. Such a
kid thing to say!”
December 03, 2013 12:12PM
Reflections of a shallow pond's Links
- MY LINKS
How cool are the Olympic Games? I'll go ahead and answer that,
but in terms my kids would use.
They're wicked hella filthy sick.
Which means really cool.
For ninety-nine percent of the participants, it's the one opportunity every one-thousand-four-hundred-and-sixty days to step from the shadows of o… Read full post »
Remember back, whether in junior high or high school, when you really had a crush on someone? Sure you do.
Maybe it was that guy in Earth Science who grinned seductively at you every morning before asking for a number two pencil and a piece of paper.
Or/… Read full post »
You've got to hand it to Mitt Romney.
Acting under no duress or even the influence of a strong frappuccino, Governor Bushwood stood before the NAACP on Tuesday and chose to lambaste our first African American president.
Hey, Mitt, Charles Bronson called and wants his Death Wish back.
In my jaundiced… Read full post »
Another one in the books.
Hopefully, I'm not boring you to distraction with tales of family vacations. I've expounded on so many—Vegas, Disneyworld, San Diego—yet each trip drips with the newness of a thawing icicle teetering over an exposed cornea.
Yep, these trips continue to evolve.
Eac… Read full post »
"I'm sorry, sir. I do apologize. Unfortunately, there's nothing
I can do."
Have you ever heard those words or a similar combination of them? Let me rephrase that—how many times have you heard those words?
A hundred? Maybe a couple of hundred? Since my brittle carcass is rapidly… Read full post »
There's supposed to be a reason these people are called
There's an underlying concept which precludes them from being labeled lackeys or yes-men, groupies or roadies or toadies.
And the concept is justice.
The six men and three women who comprise the United States Supreme Court are taske/
Finally, some good news...ish.
The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale Monday.
Excellent...I suppose. Octopus and whelk, a kind of marine snail, were chosen for the initial shipments because testing for radioactive cesium consistently… Read full post »
Last weekend at a Republican party convention at the Missoula, Montana Hilton, an outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library" was plunked down in the middle of the hotel parking lot.
Ha! Good one.
The exterior of the portable comfort station was riddled with fake bullet holes. Inside, a… Read full post »
"Dad, just say the word...any time, any place."
Ever since she learned to dribble a Scooby Doo playground ball, she's enjoyed taking me on. "You were trying your hardest, right?"
"Absolutely," I replied, but by the time she was around fourteen, yes, I really was… Read full post »
It'll be my eighteenth paternal celebration, but make no mistake—I'm not an expert.
All along this climb, every time I've felt a solid foothold beneath my crampon, the rock has crumbled and I've dangled by my fingertips over the abyss of parental disequilibrium./… Read full post »
My Dad turned seventy-nine yesterday.
Hopefully, he won't mind my sharing that number, because hey, that slide rule is already out of its slip-cover! (that's an homage to old school computing technology, which he can appreciate).
He's had quite a stint on this planet. It seems like he's… Read full post »
Contrary to the lay of our polarized political landscape, cold
blooded murder can't be painted with a red- or blue-dipped
When a man like Ian Stawicki, someone with a history of assault, mental illness and permission to carry a concealed handgun, saunters into a… Read full post »
We can get so put out, so upset, about bad cell reception or waiting too long for a mondo burrito or having to stand the entire duration of a twenty-minute bus ride.
At least we Americans have returned to thanking our men/… Read full post »
Most folks who opt to sacrifice a few moments of life's rich
pageant to read my blatherings have already roamed the highways and
byways of this big blue marble for a few years.
And I'd be willing to bet that most of you have encountered a situation or two similar… Read full post »
It's prom night. Anyone remember it?
My daughter is attending, yet in an administrative capacity. She's gone ahead and donned her "I'm-going-to-make-you-sorry-that-you-didn't-ask-me-to-this dance, you-immature senior bastard" outfit, as she and a friend have assumed tonight's duties of checki… Read full post »
It's been a big news week already.
But you may be pleased to learn that I won't be delving into Mitt Romney's high school internship at the Cranbrook Preparatory Hairmasters Beauty School, where he coined the phrase, "Listen, Sheila, lie down because it's… Read full post »
Oh, and speaking of news flashes, according to komonews.com, Seattle only gets fifty-eight sunny days per year.
By the way, why do TV stations want us to leave our couches to access their websites? Usually I feel so ashamed for even/… Read full post »
Welcome to the club, Tar Heel State.
Congratulations to the newest member of the Dinosaur Coalition, North Carolina, which joined twenty-nine other states in approving a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
While they were at it, they may as well have voted on bringing back the… Read full post »
Today I'd like to begin with a couple of battle-worn bromides
which capitulate my platform:
Fish or cut bait.
Speak now or forever hold your peace.
Poo or get off the porcelain (but wash your hands first, and you know who I'm talking to, dude at work).
Aren't you just a little tired of this… Read full post »
Please try to follow me, here, because I think my logic is pretty gull durned sound. Okay, what's more important to America's future than healthy children? Nothing, right?
And how do we know our little angels are/… Read full post »
Are you a pet owner? I'll bet you are.
You've probably got a fuzzy mammal or two running around your house, chewing and scratching and scarfing and panting and drooling and occasionally puking and licking split-pea-soup-covered Tupperware lids.
But oh, so lovable.
My family is no different; we've… Read full post »
When you were younger, did your mom or dad ever bark out, just
before you left the house for the evening, "Just remember, nothing
good ever happens after midnight!"?
Depending on how you define the word, "good," I've grown to believe it's a fairly… Read full post »