Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:08 am

fireproof...

Fire Proof Your Prom

Today, I received an email that caused me to do a double-take. The email was for a newsletter and contained a list of topics the newsletter covered... including how to “Fire Proof Your Prom,” which gave me a chuckle. Maybe it shouldn’t have.

I guess I didn’t realize that was a thing... outside of the mind of Stephen King and the minds of anyone who’s read the book or seen the movies.

Now I’m curious... is this a statistic? And should I feel ashamed that an unsolicited piece of email inspired me to write about it? And to click through?

I haven’t clicked through yet, but I’m afraid I must...

What i'm listening to:
Mirage Gypsy
Fleetwood Mac
Mirage

Friday, February 20, 2015, 6:58 pm

Rediscovering the Boss...

The Boss

Over the last few weeks, I’ve rediscovered the music of Bruce Springsteen. Not sure what took so long.

I remember my first exposure to “The Boss” was the music video for “Dancing in the Dark,” complete with future friend, Courteney Cox.

Born in the USA was one of the first albums I purchased when I was young, and I still enjoy listening to it on occasion... yet I never ventured beyond that album.

Now, I’ve got all of his early work riding with me in the car. The songwriting is incredible, and I’m surprised how much it speaks to me. Darkness on the Edge of Town and Tunnel of Love seem to be played more frequently than the rest.

The Boss is restoring my love for great songwriting and solid rock music.

What i'm listening to:
The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, the Innocent, & the...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 4:18 pm

free toothbrushes...

I have finally been assaulted by my poor dental habits.

Last week, I broke a tooth. Interestingly, it’s not a painful experience at all. I have broken teeth in the past, yet I haven’t had one tip me to the point of getting it “taken care of.”

Until now.

Why now?

This one, upon the next break, threatens my vanity... my ego. Who knew?

Because of the state of neglect with my dental hygiene, I’ve considered having work done. I am convinced that having the work done will do wonders for how I feel. Maybe even how I feel about life in general.

So, this is the next step of my journey. We’ll see what can be done, and hopefully not spend a colossal amount of money getting it done.

It’s got to be a better alternative than “hockey mouth.” Especially since I don’t skate well enough to pass myself off as a hockey player... which is too bad. That could have been a fun story!

What i'm listening to:
Tunnel of Love Brilliant Disguise
Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel of Love

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 2:43 pm

return of the darkness...

It occurred to me today, that no one wins at the game of life.

No one can escape their eventual fate.

So, why play?

What i'm listening to:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:24 am

men's shampoo...

Maybe I don’t get it...

Is this a profitable venture?

Now, I’ll admit, I’m using men’s shampoo. However, I found it on the shelf at Big Lots, so I figured maybe it was being phased out because product wasn't moving.

Follow my thoughts for a second. Many guys I know have short hair, like me. So, if I buy a 64 oz. bottle of shampoo... and use a dollop about the size of a dime (or a nickel) every day... it’s still going to be months before I get through the bottle and need to get another.

Women generally have a lot more hair, and conceivably use a lot more shampoo... so the big bottles last maybe six weeks... tops?

And men generally aren’t picky about the shampoo they use. When I’m in a woman’s shower, I’ll even occasionally pick one that smells nice.

So, I’m just curious how successful men’s shampoo truly is...

What i'm listening to:
The Season I Love the Winter Weather...
Jane Monheit
The Season

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:46 am

Unsettled...

I’m in a rut. This morning, on the drive to work, I was thinking about what I do. About starting over. Wondering how to start over. Is it possible?

Steve Jobs is credited with saying this:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

I’m there. I know I need to change something.

During and after university, I chose a path that was easy. I do what I’m good at, but not necessarily something I enjoy. Now I feel like I’m trapped against a glass ceiling and that I’m sitting on the sidelines watching my dreams die.

I don’t want my dreams to die. I don’t want to accept that “the world needs ditch diggers too.”

But where do I find the confidence to take the leap of faith?

Where?

What i'm listening to:
Christmas Eve and Other Stories Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:00 am

tragic comedian...

Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain.

Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.”

Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor... I am Pagliacci.”

Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.

Shamelessly stolen from The Watchmen and Alan Moore.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:54 pm

Tomorrow...

My shipment of Soylent is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I’m thrilled, since this single guy hates dealing with cooking, eating, and cleaning... why shouldn’t I just have a shake that has all of the nutrients I need?

I’m beyond excited! Let’s do this!

Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:35 pm

Finding Clarity...

It’s amazing what an unplanned 17-hour drive can do for your psyche. I feel like I can see the matrix!

Seriously, solitude can do wonders for wrestling demons, sorting conflicts and analyzing sticking points. Being away from the presence of people in real life who are constantly trying to manipulate and deceive you helps greatly too.

For that brief and shining moment, I know exactly what I have to do. Now, I just have to do it before the clarity is muddled by these interactions with everyone and everything so familiar. I’m clearly out of alignment with what I do and who I’m around.

Now to map out the game plan... before my mind clouds over and I’m re-assimilated into society’s hive-mind. Let’s do this!

It’s time to live!

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 10:27 am

escape...

I’m being afflicted by the bug again. I want to get in the car and drive. I don’t really care where... I just want to get away.

It’s a beautiful day for a drive! Just roll down the windows, crank up the radio, and go. Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t even matter for how long. Just go.

Since I was a boy, I’ve always loved traveling. It’s funny, because I don’t even need a destination in mind. I suppose I’ve always been a “the journey is part of the adventure” kind of person.

Most of my family are very destination-centric. I prefer to avoid the freeways, and stick to the secondary roads. To see a bit of the Americana that’s rapidly vanishing from our countryside. To stop whenever I want and for how long just feels right.

It is time... a road trip is inevitable, and soon!

What i'm listening to:
Frontiers Faithfully
Journey
Frontiers
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