This has been and will continue to be a fairly challenging November for me.The entire quarter from October through December is always a bit of a bear for me. My company’s success is centered around retail prosperity and Christmas is (in this country at least) the retail holiday to end all others. Throw in new […]

A close friend has started up her own book group. Because I think it would help my writing by getting back in the habit of reading more, I figured it would do me some good to sign up. Plus I figured it would get me exposure to writers and literature outside of my usual repasts. […]

It is true that I read Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess, more than probably just about any straight man in America that isn’t married/related to her.Well, at least I hope her husband Victor is straight. But if he isn’t, I mean hey whatever floats their boat collectively, you know?Wait, I had a point around here somewhere…Anyway, […]

These days I have an uneasy relationship with big name sports on several levels.Like a lot of people, I’ve been watching pro sports for as long as I can remember. I was a bit of an aberration in my own family, gravitating to baseball as I did when most of the adults in my family […]

…you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.This particular post and its attendant counter arguments has been bouncing all around the internet for a couple of days now. It started with this particular post, from a man who makes me think the worst of all venture capitalists […]

A ways back, I was having a conversation with my friend Ivy. She and her wife had made a trip out to I believe it was the Grand Canyon to spend time with Amber’s parents. If memory serves (and Ivy/Amber chime in if I’ve got the basics off just to keep the record straight) they […]

For its natural beauty, Portland and the surrounding Oregon area is hands down the most beautiful place I’ve visited in the contiguous US.  Hawaii is the only place I’ve been that can rival Oregon for a landscape that can just absolutely take your breath away.Related to the above statement: this is the best vacation I’ve […]

This is full of some of my personal psycho-babble. If you’re not interested in any of that shit, you can feel free to bypass this post entirely.So I might have mentioned this in this space before, but it bears repeating because I’m just now realizing the significance of the fact.  When I was a kid […]

Decided that coming off of a five day weekend was as good a day as any to get serious about training for the half-marathon in January I signed up for.  Some random brain spillage prompted by actually answering the alarm at 5:30am:This may have been the first time I’ve ever run (well jogged) through my […]

This is kind of a personal purge here.  If you can’t deal with it, that problem is more your issue than mine.As a few of you know, I’d signed up for a SCUBA certification class after seeing a special for the class on Living Social.  The deal was for ANDI certification through Deep Blue SCUBA. […]

Prompt text: Your protagonist is inexplicably terrified of something. What are they afraid of and how are they confronting it?“How do you like your iPad?”The question startled me, and I raised my finger from the screen far earlier than I intended.  On the display the yellow bird flipped impotently to the ground in front of the […]

Prompt text: Describe a memorable event, positive or negative, and how it felt to you, but do not name the feeling. Instead, tell how it felt in your body (damp hands, metallic taste, tight throat, wobbly knees, etc.).Author’s note: Another easy one.T – 7 hours: Get out of bed at Fred’s.  I’m staying at a friend of […]

Prompt text: This is one of Fool’s suggested prompts from last year, and it is simply “the worst childhood memory.” Interpret as you will.Author note: I don’t know if this constitutes the worst, but it is easily one of the first that came to mind.“What should I get next Dad?”“I don’t know, son.  How about […]

So the September Writing Challenge has begun again.  A variety of prompts over the course of the next 30 days, which I need to write at least a short paragraph or two about to try and stay sharp.  Today’s I think is redone from a couple of years ago, but a good one nonetheless.“You are […]

And all the posters are merely…well, what exactly.On one level, I’m glad I haven’t entirely abandoned the exercise that is this blog.  I am still posting occasionally and some of the stuff I’ve posted I’ve been pretty damn happy with.  And then there’s been the odd filler crap like the post immediately below, but hey […]

Apologies for the Gotye reference but I really didn’t know where else to go with this observation.Way back when, when I first came to school here in 1990…Wait…Jesus, it’s almost a quarter century since I moved to Austin?Shit. Where was I?Oh, yeah…So when I first moved here, I lived in the Taos Coop on 26th […]

This post may wind up a bit all over the place.  At the time this began, I was three beers deep at Flying Saucer, and now that I’m wrapping it up I’m so far past most of the events that some of them are a bit fuzzy.  The only excuse I’ll offer.Since my personal moment […]

As my poker play goes, this year has been a pretty mighty struggle.  When I went to play in the WSOP Circuit event at Caesar’s in January, I felt like I played pretty well but came up just short of my goal to make it to day 2 of competition and threaten to make the […]

Everyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for redheads.  I don’t know why or how it all started, though I’m inclined to blame Molly Ringwald and John Hughes.So when I first saw the trailer for Brave, I knew I’d have to give it a shot.  Indepndent redhead (albeit a digital one), Scottish highlands and it’s […]

Back when I was a more hardcore comic book geek, I’d always hoped they might someday adapt Neil Gaiman’s Sandman into a film at some point. I loved the images and stories, thought it was something that would translate well into film if done right. Well after the book’s run ended, I remember seeing an […]