Half way there

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” “Settle down kids, we’re half way there,” my dad reassured us on the long drive to Grandma’s house.  We settled back in the big black vinyl seat with our comic books and toys.  There was something comforting about “half way there.” It showed we were really making…

Doing your part

I remember back when my wife and I bought a new sectional couch for our first home, a condo in Tustin, CA.  We were so excited when it arrived, but soon realized we hadn’t really planned for what to do with the old couch.  We could put an ad in the paper or try to…

Clearing the bleachers

Clearing the bleachers could be a glorious description of a home run ball landing in the San Francisco bay outside AT&T park.  In one of my childhood little league games, it meant something completely different.  It was an important playoff game in the 12 and under division.  Our Farm Bureau Co-op team was up against…

The $5000 chicken nugget

My teenage son was NOT hungry.  That should have been our first warning sign.  He complained about an upset stomach and the usual remedies did not help.  Within an hour he was doubled over in pain and we could not figure out why.  My wife Carol asked him again, “Are you SURE you didn’t eat something strange…

I walk the spine

I get to know the most interesting people on my commuter train.  All I have to ask is “Where ya headed?” and then listen.  This morning I sat next to an older, rugged-looking dude named Brad. He was kind of thin, and had a long, greyish beard and receding hairline.  He wore a forest green hooded sweatshirt…

Charles Atlas Day 28

Chapter 4 is underway and my stomach hurts.  The Charles Atlas nine-exercise ab workout is surely just as tough as any Hip Hop Abs or P90X infommercial would boast.  I also just experienced the first exercise that I cannot do – the equivalent of a gymnast doing an “L Sit” on an armchair.  Not only am I…