What was I thinking?

Have you ever charged into a challenge without really thinking it through?  Some of the craziest things I did were during my college years, when impulsiveness and immortality often won the battle with my common sense.  My dad always used to say “use your better judgment,” but sometimes I didn’t use any judgment at all.…

Junk, bonds

I was standing there with three grown men arguing over who had the most useless junk in his garage.  “I can’t even walk through mine.”  “I can’t even open the door without junk falling out!” “I have to hire someone to move out some of the junk so I can see what junk I have!”  I proudly proclaimed…

Fight or flight?

We all learn to deal with stress in different ways.  I learned by watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Remember when Marlin Perkins sent Jim Fowler into the jaws of danger while he provided color commentary from the safety of an armored jeep?   “It looks like Jim has successfully gained the crocodile’s attention, and he…

What was your name again?

One of my friends asked for the secret to remembering people’s names at a party.  I won’t reveal her age, but she’s old enough to be a little short-term memory-challenged (like me.)  I actually learned a great technique for remembering names early in my career. 1)  Prepare to hear the name (I mean really get…

You’ll shoot your eye out kid

A father’s need to turn his son into a man and a mother’s need to protect her young are NOT naturally compatible instincts.  Surely you’ve seen the movie “A Christmas Story,” where little Ralphie tells everyone that he wants an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle… but what did the…

Suburban cowboy

 Do you have one of those childhood photos that you wish would never see the light of day again?  Yes… that is me on the left with my older brother Jeff on the right.  I wrote a bit of cowboy poetry below, dedicated to my childhood and the spirit of the Old West.       When I was…