Reflections of a shallow pond

Reflections of a shallow pond
Seattle, Washington,
August 28
I'm a middle-aged dad, clinging to my daughters' waning youth and my sanity.


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NOVEMBER 13, 2011 11:51PM

Where's the Party?

I think I must be missing something.

Maybe it's my advancing age. Maybe I'm one of  those outlying planets, like Uranus or Pluto, which orbits so far from the sun that it takes fifteen years to find out what happened last Thursday.

I suppose I'm a little sensitive because I work in… Read full post »

Most of my stories are attempts at pointing out the silliness, the absurdity, of the human condition; my usual goal is to amuse and hopefully make you chuckle a bit.

This is not one of those posts.

We've all witnessed events in which we are required to make moral decisions.&nb… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2011 11:40PM

Delusions of Fandeur.

The term "fan" is an abbreviation, one which derives from the polysyllabic word, "fanatic."

How accurate, indeed. Fans truly are fanatics. As such, I really don't consider those who share passing fancies for particular artists or teams fans. They're fanciers.

And to insert the crazy peg into a higher… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 4:34PM

Gambling Advice for the Inexperienced.

There's no debate; times are tough.

Unemployment is teetering on ten percent, income disparity has expanded to levels unseen since the nineteenth century's Gilded Age and the American economy is dipping her toes into a second, frigid recessional pool.

Oh, and one other thing: Vegas is suffering&md/
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NOVEMBER 1, 2011 2:34PM

It's a Cold Morning in America.

November 1—it's a cold morning for most of us.

And downright frosty for others.

It's a day of transition, a day burdened by the half-filled waterbed mattress of reality which some are compelled to bend over and hoist.

For a man named Herman Cain, an ill-advised, new campaign slogan… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2011 3:46PM

Confessions of a Half-Baked Voter.

Today, I'd like to ask your advice on something, because I'm feeling...a little inadequate.

I often utilize this forum to rail against America's political system and it's participants, usually as seen through my fogged up, lefty colored lenses.

Which is why I'm experiencing some pointy/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2011 3:12PM

Your 2011 Halloween Costume Guide.

You've probably already decided, now that the big event is single-digit days away, what you're going to be for Halloween. Oh, really? You haven't?

Well, certainly, if you've got kids, they probably nailed down back in August what or whom would possess their souls on the final day… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2011 10:11PM

The Horror Movie In My Mind.

"Hi, guys I'm home."

It was just after 1:00 AM. We always ask our teenager to duck her head into our bedroom door when she comes home, and it never ceases to put my mind at ease and facilitate a far more restful parental slumber.

"Can I go watch s/

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OCTOBER 20, 2011 5:08PM

Moammar is No-a-More.

He's dead.

Wow, finally. After forty-two years as supreme ruler of the nation of Libya, after scores of shady undertakings and downright murder, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi has succumbed to the same violence he nonchalantly doled out since clamping down on the dictatorial reins in 1969.

I reali/…

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My Dear Daughters,

You're each growing up so very fast. I'd like to discuss a subject with you before my opportunity to address it has evaporated.

What I'm talking about isn't new; in fact, this conversation has undoubtedly been waged over thousands of years among millions of/… Read full post »

Prepare yourself. Here comes Captain Analogy again, swooping down to spin yet another unsolicited parable.

When you played soccer as a kid, do you remember a conditioning drill where everyone jogged around the field in a straight line? The player in the back of the line sprinted to the front,Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2011 5:11PM

Dare You Take this Love Quiz?

I'm home sick today.

No, not homesick, like when your parents make you stay with Grandma and Grandpa while they go to Vegas for a week, and Grandma thinks, for whatever reason, that you love tomato juice and salted green pepper chunks with every meal, and you pray silently andRead full post »

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OCTOBER 10, 2011 4:21PM

Ninety-nine Percent Tea Party.

Interesting times, these are.
Every morning, I pass through Westlake Park in Seattle's downtown shopping district, and each day for the past two weeks, I've woven my way through soaked, discarded signs and soggy people. After having been… Read full post »
OCTOBER 5, 2011 5:03PM

I'd Like to Thank a Few People.

Arch West died last week. He was ninety-seven.

If we were to play twenty questions, there's a decent chance you'd go oh for twenty in exhuming the treasure for which Mr. West is responsible.

A little back story: West and his family, on a trip to Mexico during the Sixties,/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 2, 2011 8:58PM

My Teenager: A Post-Dance Interview

This is the third one of these we've had, and I think I've written about the other two. Let's see, first there was this one in the fall of 2009, then this one last autumn, so, yeah, this one's definitely number three.

The ritual hasn't varied, other than the fact that eac/
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 2:03PM

Facing Our Problems Head-On...Or Not.

Of all the spineless, gutless, backboneless (Oh, hang on...please see "spineless").

Shortly after firing manager Ozzie Guillen with only two games remaining in the 2011 season, the Chicago White Sox appointed bench coach Joey Cora to act as manager for the team's… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 7:47PM

Angry Bird Sunday.

What do you think?

Are those not two of the most pissed off cartoon birds you've ever seen? Chicken and stars, they look mad.

As irritated as he looks, a salty cardinal doesn't exactly get my knees a knockin' the way a bear or lion might. And what'sRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 1:17PM

Faux Sure.

It's happening all around us.

An entrenched attribute of our popular culture, it's enveloping our world with greater frequency every day.

The New York football Giants are the most recent purveyors of this behavior. Last Monday night, in an attempt to sidetrack the St. Louis Rams' no-huddle/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 3:43PM

Having a Fair Time.

 "Mom, can we go on the rides now?"

" a little while. We're going to the craft pavilion first. Your dad wants to see the model airplanes and bottle cap collections and I want to look at the quilts."

"Then can we go on the rides?"

"Well, then we're going toRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 11:11AM

Hey, It's Not Crap. It's Stuff.

Twenty-five years—that's how long I've worked in downtown Seattle. And although it's not the largest city in the world, it nevertheless provides a well-rounded smorgasbord of urban spectacle. 

I've learned that, when spotting a crowd congregating on the shallow horizon, people have gathered/… Read full post »

Before I begin today's tale of personal awakening, a few caveats:

If you currently feel sated with my personal medical data, and I wouldn't blame you, go ahead and click back to the Walmart shoppers site.

You might consider putting down your pepperoni and Velveeta Hot Pocket, or anything… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 10:32PM

September 11, 2011: How Do You Feel Now?

Can you believe it's been ten years?

The sun has risen and set on three thousand six hundred and fifty days, yet my memory is as clear as the sparkling azure sky on that morning I dropped off my six-year-old for her fifth day of first grade. She slammed theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 4:05PM

Really, It's Not What You Think.

Sometimes, there's nothing you can do, nothing you can 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 »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 12:25PM

Vocal Reflections on the Radio.


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.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 3:09PM

Giving In to Breaking Out.

A lot of stuff happens as we age.

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 »