Royal pain

I’m trying to figure out why the upcoming royal wedding between William and Kate is bothering me.  I respect cultural traditions and don’t mind them being kept alive. And I love that the British royal family does a lot of work for charity.  It’s just the concept of being “royal” in the first place that…

Up in the air

I was at Big Bear ski resort when I learned the proper way to get on a chair lift for three. Line up at the first red line; wait for the chair to swing around in front; and then do the quick shuffle walk up to the second red line. The next chair will gently…

Born this way

Sorry Gaga fans, this post is NOT about Lady Gaga’s current song, but it IS about music.  Last night I saw my friend Greg Hill rock the house with his band Dammaj at the Avalon in Santa Clara.  It was an old school heavy metal reunion show, with driving drums, thrashing guitars from the Gilbert…

Butler’s great expectations

Disappointment is relative.  In my experience, it usually comes from not meeting expectations… but what or who actually determines those expectations?  Opinions from so-called experts and the general public can be arbitrary and out of your control.  Expectations you set for yourself are more controllable.  Or are they? In 2010 the Butler basketball team wowed…

The elastic limit

Our high school science teacher passed out rubber bands to the class and asked us to slowly stretch them between our fingers.  A little more.  A little more.  Each of us stopped when we knew it was about to snap.  He was illustrating the concept of the elastic limit, that point where an elastic substance…

Good news top 9

It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I am literally looking for good news today. If you clicked to read this based on the title, you’re probably looking for good news too.  My current mental state is a result of recent human loss, hostility and uncertainty on a worldwide scale. Even the weather is depressing right…

Second seat on the left

I visited a friend in the hospital last night.  Tom Rosten was in a serious car accident and is in serious condition as I write this.  He was hooked up to all the tubes and wires and monitors that ICU has to offer. He was unable to speak but the nurse assured me he could…

My brother’s keeper

When you catch a fish big enough to take home, that’s called a keeper.  When you hear a bit of advice that’s big enough to take to heart, that’s a keeper too. In the midst of my brother Jeff’s battle with Multiple Myeloma, he uttered a keeper today. We were talking about what keeps him…

The time of your life

Much has been written and sung about the passage of time, and whether we make the most of every minute. We cruise along the road of life like a cross-country family vacation, stopping at pre-determined attractions to have the “time of our lives.” If we look out the window in between, we can also see…

Turning points

The employee holiday party at the skating rink was raging, and there was no rule against alcohol.  Thursday afternoon was the only time available for our party and we were having a great time.  Some were skating, some were playing free Asteroids and some were having a few too many Molson Goldens. The problem with…