Look, we're not born knowing how to do everything. Some things needs to be learned. How to dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have, for example. Or when to laugh at a Shakespeare comedy on a school trip (answer: when your teacher does). And, for me, it was beards. Oh, … Continue reading On Beards
This kind of advice is why we have mountain rescue teams.
In my role as parent, role-model, and all-around knower-of-everything, I’ve talked to the child about my concept of free money. “Free money” is of course an immediate misnomer as money is never free…not for the likes of you and me. In this case, the free part means it doesn’t belong to anything. It is as a … Continue reading Free Time and Money
It is my firm belief that if someone has written a sign saying not to do something, then more often than not, this is a direct result of that exact thing being done. Which makes these signs especially disturbing...
When I am God-King of the Universe, these are things that will be illegal. With punishments swift and severe: Serving a patron Pepsi when they specifically asked for Coke. Isn’t this supposed to be the home of freedom? Isn’t this the country that invented customer service? So what is this bullshit? Coke is not Pepsi. … Continue reading On Things I Would Make Illegal
Lucky kid. Singular. Do you see?
If you don’t know what a tintype picture is, think of those olde-time-y pictures of outlaws like Billy the Kid. Unless you’re thinking of a modern movie still, you’re thinking of something that looks like a tintype. I think I first fell in love with the modern way of making "old" pictures when I saw … Continue reading On Tintypes
I'm sure I don't have to tell you that today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. But I'd be happy to add, further, that German Chocolate Cake is not in fact German. It was named after (or "named for", for my American audience) a man named "Sam German". Mind blown? I hope so. Are you … Continue reading National German Chocolate Cake Day
It's my birthday and, now I have passed the threshold of 45 years, I've decided - in the manner of the excellent and worldly Quindon Tarver's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen" - to share what I have learned up to now. This is for my kids, but you can read it too. A good ice-cream scoop … Continue reading 46 Life Lessons for My Children
Moving furniture for other people is some kind of rite of passage for a certain kind of college student around these parts. Often, when I was younger and helping someone move a couch, say, I’d think it was a viable career option for me. It was not. And now, as I head with increasing speed … Continue reading On Moving