Every day should be Saturday.

Happy birthday to Sir W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan. There are no words to convey the joy we had cleaning the house on the weekends while dancing and singing The Pirates of Penzance with mom. She had a beautiful singing voice and knew the entire script for Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt. (I played Frederic, the Pirate King, and the Major General, of course.)

Sweet Sixteen

And just like that: It’s been sixteen years since I started blogging on this site. It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a post celebrating my fifteenth year, and the spaces between the years get smaller every day.

The 10 Most Valuable Star Wars Action Figures

My little sister and I had numbers 9, 8, 6, 4, 3, and 1 on this list. I actually still have these exact same Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, although mine are in nowhere-near mint condition. They are sitting in an original 1978 Millennium Falcon hanging from fishing line suspended from the ceiling of my […]

Fifteen Years of Blogging!

And just like that: It’s been fifteen years since I started blogging on this site. It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a post celebrating my fourteenth year, and the spaces between the years get smaller every day.

Throwback Thursday
Declining Deficit Should Not Mean Rising Borrowing

The latest deficit news is all positive. Fiscal year 2014 will be the fifth straight in which the federal deficit has declined as a share of GDP. The deficit was 10.8 percent of GDP in Barack Obama’s first year, a scary statistic. This year it will be 2.9 percent, below the four-decade average of 3.1 […]

I Met Her on a Tuesday

Today would have been mom’s 66th birthday. She died 770 days ago. An important part of her brain almost certainly died about a year before that, but we didn’t know it at the time and haven’t been able to prove it since. Some incompetent doctors told me she had had a stroke. But they also […]

Friday Five: Chocolate

chocolateMy five favorite chocolates:

  1. Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
  2. Krackel
  3. Hershey’s with Almonds
  4. Hershey’s Special Dark
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures
Fourteen Years

And just like that: It’s been fourteen years since I started blogging on this site. It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a post celebrating my thirteenth year, and the spaces between the years gets smaller every day.

The Forgotten Giant Arrows That Guide You Across America

States Aim To Cure Hyper-Partisanship With Primary Changes

I will be chasing your starlight.

I read Happy Yoga the week before my birthday, and then in July I read Bad Monkey, World War Z, and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex1. Two non-fiction and two fiction is a pretty good balance, I think. A twenty-something David would never believe it if you told […]

Sub-9 for 10

I love when I hit my 4000 Fuel Point goal early in the day; then I don’t have to sweat it. This morning I hit my goal before eight o’clock and was able to relax all day. I had to take the car into the shop to get new brakes this morning so I knew […]


I am uncharacteristically excited about the fact that oranges and grapefruit are suddenly inexpensive and plentiful at the grocery store. I have always liked oranges, of course, but lately I have been having two and three oranges every day for a week now. I can’t get enough of them. They’re delicious, especially after going on […]

I Will Never Believe in Anything Again

I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning, much less running. I don’t know if I caught some sort of flu or just a cold or what, but I had a nasty scratch in the back of my throat every time I swallowed, and my head felt thick and cloudy. But rather […]

Remember, Whatever It Seems Like Forever Ago

It’s always nice to run down Olympic Boulevard at dusk. The sun kisses the Century Plaza Towers and they look pretty cool. And even after seeing it almost every day for more than five years, I still can’t pass the Nakatomi building without thinking of Die Hard. I’ve taken to cutting up El Camino Drive […]

There Are No Bad Words

Another run in the books. That makes three runs this week, and just shy of sixty-three miles logged for March. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t tackle the L.A. Marathon this year. I’ll try to remember to actually train for 2014. I am really happy with the pair of Nike Free 4.0 running shoes […]

Thirteen. Years.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been actively blogging for thirteen years now. And yet here we are. I wonder how many people remember that this site was originally called “bling”? That was short for “rambling”, which is what I felt like I always did here. Thirteen years is a long time to be rambling […]

I Do Not Like This – Facebook Mystery Likes

I have been telling a friend of mine for a few weeks now that I do not “like” Zoosk, the internet dating site. He’s not the only one who questioned why that news appeared in his Facebook feed. It’s even more annoying because I’m quite happily married, which is — of course — why people […]

Facebook v. Twitter, 2013

Oh, man. Every now and then your heroes validate themselves and it is magical. Two of my long-time internet heroes posted essays today about the difference between Twitter and Facebook, and both essays are absolutely brilliant. Matt Haughey, the founder of metafilter, a site I’ve frequented since the end of 1999, published an article on […]