- 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
Sometimes, there's nothing you can do, nothing you can say...in
fact, it's better if you don't even try.
Every once in a while, you're flat out, red-faced, hand-in-the-cookie-jar busted.
Such was the case Monday, when television meteorologist, Brett Cummins awoke in an empty hot tub, gingerly spooni… Read full post »
I had the fortunate opportunity to purge some back-to-school demons this morning in the form of a radio commentary. I hope you can relate.
I realize that's no breaking news flash, and most of it I can grudgingly accept, if I cling to a philosophical approach using geographical analogies.
Hair which once sprouted from the top of my head has apparently retired and relocated to warmer, more southerly/… Read full post »
When McDonald's discontinued the "McDLT" back in 1991, I was floored, yet understood America's demand for a vegetable-free burger. Hey, if we want/… Read full post »
It's equal parts flattering and encouraging to know that some smart folks read my ramblings from time to time.
And those are the peeps I'd like to address with this post, because I've been experiencing a dull discomfort, right up around my throbbing frontal lobe, in trying to make… Read full post »
That's twenty-three years older than LeBron James. All I can say is, just wait until your prostate is bigger than your ego, LeBron. Okay, that's not gonna happen.
That's twenty-four years older than Lady Gaga. And to think that I had such a huge/… Read full post »
(Cell phone rings) Me: "Hello?"
Daughter: "Dad, do you know where my Selena Gomez refrigerator magnet is?"
Me: "Umm, no. Should I?"
Daughter: "No, Dad. Well, yes. I mean, no. Thanks. Bye."
And that's it. The phone ca/… Read full post »
I'm really going to subject myself to this godforsaken exercise...again?
Here's how I see this process: Every five years or so, I vacation on an island—a really large, nice, tropical island. The package I purchased includes one full orbit around the isle, with stops at decadent… Read full post »
"Some people have a way with words, and some
"I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks."
"Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town."
"The operation was a… Read full post »
A couple of evenings ago, my nuclear family settled in over a table of Greek salads and bread, complimented by some powder blue Safeway napkins with pleasantly quilted patterns.
As has been a more frequent topic of late, the upcoming school year reared its head again. My… Read full post »
I posted this entry to Open Salon during the Fall of 2009. My nine-year-old daughter had just called me at work, complaining about an outfit my wife was about to wear to an appointment.
I decided to jot it down in blog form, and the next thing I knew I'd given… Read full post »
To what, you may ask, could I be referring?
The ozone layer over Bill O'Reilly's house since he began mouth-breathing on a full-time basis? Nope, that's twenty-six percent.
That problem I had that ended up lasting way more than four hours and forced me to live/… Read full post »
Are you a crier?
Not a crybaby or a whiner, but someone who can’t slap those sandbags down fast enough to stave off a flash flood of salty, frothy rapids?
As kids, most of us cried frequently. Tears were our brains’ natural reaction to pain, both emotional and physical. As six-year-olds, wh… Read full post »
What's the good word?
Today marks the second installment of an exploration into the power of words, for better or worse.
And as of today, unfortunately, there will be a few less good words to go around. Rick Kaminski, also known to generations of Seattle Mariner fans as "Rick, the Peanut Man,"… Read full post »
Are my waking thoughts monopolized by a particular movie star, majestic farm animal or yoga temperature?
Negative to all three. I'm obsessed with words.
I love words. I love twisting and crunching and abbreviating them; I love making new words up. I love work/… Read full post »
Hmm...I guess next time I donate blood, I should give myself one last once-over in the mirror.
Got to make sure there's no gay on me before I leave the house.
It was a good time, a really good time.
I knew it would be, mostly because we've had three of them now, but
the excitement still couldn't mask those groundless pangs of
anxiety and apprehension.
My thirty-year reunion.
I tried to hedge as many uncertainties as possible:
The hair was cut three we/… Read full post »
Like most human beings, my life is overwhelmingly segmented into a matrix of predictable behaviors and routines. Does spinning this silken web of familiarity around ourselves make unforeseen events easier to withstand?
I won't further muddy the already murky shallows of my… Read full post »
And although I'm not quite knocking on the door to the Half-Century Club, I'm definitely perched on the step where the yellow pages are dropped off, and the way things have been going, I hope the door is automatic.
You see, I've been getting injured.
But this isn't stuff like su/… Read full post »
Such apt words were spoken by Flight Commander Christopher Ferguson, when commenting on the one-hundred-thirty-fifth and final space shuttle launch on Friday. Atlantis will hoist its four-person crew of veteran astronauts one last time, drop off a massive shipment o/… Read full post »
And while we're at it, let's throw in Buddha and Vishnu and Tom Cruise and anyone else who can provide a little home field advantage, because I'm afraid we need all the help we can get.
You see, a lot of us just aren't very bright.
You're still here? Cool,… Read full post »
Happy birthday, America.
Now get me a switch from that old maple behind the tool shed and drape yourself over Papa's knee for two-hundred-and-thirty-five birthday spankins. And a pinch to grow an inch.
Wow, we're one old country, aren't we? I'm pretty sure we've finally been around longer th… Read full post »
Good old Eddie Haskell. Lord bless his smarmy, disingenuous heart.
What words come to mind when you think of Eddie or others of similar ilk?
Kiss-ass? Suck-up? Bootlicker? Ego-stroking, backstabbing, brown-nosing weasel?
Or maybe just a guy who knows how to play the game.
Ed McMahon's… Read full post »
My eleven-year-old daughter and I gazed over at the portly, young man. He struggled mightily, spilling his body onto one of the rink's spectator benches, his mother/… Read full post »