Bounce, rock, skate, roll

Click to hear a soundtrack for this post. Flashback… The rink goes dark.  You hear the intro to Red Ryder’s Lunatic Fringe blend into Earth Wind and Fire on the massive subwoofers.  The multi-colored lights reflect across the polished skate floor.  Homemade flash pots with a little too much gunpowder shoot a mini-mushroom cloud of…

Going to eleven

In this famous scene from the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the character Nigel Tufnel is showing off his Marshall guitar amplifiers, and points out that the control knobs all go to setting Eleven. When challenged by the director on why he just doesn’t follow the usual convention of One to Ten, and make Ten…

In other words

The crisp Autumn air is rolling in and the season has begun… that’s right, election campaign season!  Should I publicly pick a side and alienate exactly half my friends?  No. I’d rather have some fun pointing out how politicians spin the English language. A clever euphemism can be a powerful ally in a campaign, and…

The smoking monkey

Summertime in the 70’s offered a kid several advantages over kids growing up today. You could ride your bike anywhere you wanted to, stay out all day, and blow stuff up with fireworks.  Oh yeah, they were legal.  Someone’s older brother always had access to cherry bombs, roman candles and bottle rockets, and we would…

Shut the door! Geez!!

I sat next to a group of cacophonous card players on the train this morning.  I have nothing against people socializing on a long commute, but they were shouting and laughing at FULL volume, as if there were no one else on that car working or sleeping.  I asked myself (as I plugged in my noise-cancelling…

Tell your face

Some of us hide our emotions better than others.  Sometimes we can’t help showing the world how we’re feeling. I remember rushing through the airport on the way to a tradeshow.  I was responsible for setup; worried about the booth and brochures arriving on time; finishing the script for the sales team; and whether everyone…