I actually love Mondays...who's with me? No one? It's just me, then...?
On learning a new language and revealing a little something about where you came from...
Nothing exemplifies my ever-shifting opinion on everything better than my thoughts on the weather. For background, I grew up in southern California, but probably not the southern California you're picturing in your mind right now. Where I grew up (first in the San Fernando Valley, then in the San Joaquin valley), winters were always mild … Continue reading Over/Under The Weather
Today a good friend told me a story that really made me think. She was driving home a few days ago, and was in the far left lane on the highway. She glanced in her rearview mirror and saw flashing lights approaching. She looked down at her speedometer - uncharacteristically, she was doing the speed … Continue reading Life on Earth
I almost made a huge, life-altering mistake yesterday. I'm not going to get into the details - suffice it to say that I had pulled the trigger on this action, and was going to go through with it. I consulted with people that had experienced the same thing, and I thought my decision was the … Continue reading Regret
Two clarifications: first, it was more like two years. Second, it wasn't as glamorous as all that. I learned to play guitar in high school. I've always been able to carry a tune; my mediocre voice and average guitar skills kept me playing in my living room for many years, never believing that I was … Continue reading My Year of Living the Rock Star Life
While too much of something is always a bad idea, the converse - not enough of something - can be equally as bad. Case-in-point - staying informed with what passes for news these days. I was thinking about this as my spouse watched her Sunday morning pair of news programs - This Week with George Stephanopoulos and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. She … Continue reading Impasse
I used to be a runner. I ran almost every day - three miles, just like clockwork. I ran in numerous 5K races, did a couple of 10K's, and even did a half-marathon in December of 2015. That half-marathon was the end of my running habit. I had not prepared as well as I thought … Continue reading The Once and Future Runner
I suspect that people who close Venetian blinds up instead of down are the same demented individuals who install new rolls of toilet paper under rather than over. I came to this realization rather recently. I don't believe it's a left-handed vs. right-handed thing, or a left-brain vs. right-brain situation. My assumption is that people … Continue reading The Blinds Leading The Blinds
Words matter. One of my favorite examples: on the semantic surface, one might think that butt dial and booty call certainly must mean something similar, if not the same thing entirely; their meanings, as I'm sure you are aware, are not even remotely the same. While it may be true that certain butt dials may result in a … Continue reading Words and Meaning
We decided a few months ago to replace the wallpaper in our dining room. It was very outdated, and with the holidays approaching, we thought it would be a nice touch, sort of liven up the room when everyone was over for Christmas dinner. We're very much the DIY type, so we spent a few … Continue reading Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Every morning, I carve out thirty to forty-five minutes to wake up. I used to do this by drinking coffee and watching the news. Lately, I've been using this time to finish up what I was unable to complete the day before. This morning, when I should have been finishing the podcast I was listening … Continue reading Swearing Up A Storm