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June 6th, 2014 @ 6:11 am
Friday Five: 1975 Photos

Here are five photos of yours truly from 1975. Four are from March — about three months shy of my second birthday — and one is from June, presumably around my birthday. They are some of the only photos I have of myself as a child, and they were (apparently) very special to my mom, who kept them safe and very close to her for almost forty years. She died on August 12, 2012 and I miss her more than she’ll ever know.

June 5th, 2014 @ 8:42 am
Throwback Thursday
May 29th, 2014 @ 8:51 am
Throwback Thursday
May 22nd, 2014 @ 8:05 am
Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Edition
May 15th, 2014 @ 8:43 am
Throwback Thursday
May 11th, 2014 @ 5:16 am
Mother’s Day

This is the last photo taken of me and my mother together. My little sister took it on May 11, 2012, when I visited mom at Coastal Rehab in Port Orange, Florida for Mother’s Day weekend. Mom died three months later, and I miss her more than words can say.

May 1st, 2014 @ 8:06 am
Throwback Thursday
April 24th, 2014 @ 7:56 am
Throwback Thursday
April 4th, 2014 @ 4:04 am
Friday Five: Gin Drinks

Gin and TonicMy five favorite gin drinks:

  1. G&T
  2. Tom Collins
  3. Gimlet
  4. Classic Martini
  5. Salty Dog

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I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does who goes to Heaven. I’ll look around and say, ‘It’s not bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’
Herb Caen

March 11th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
On My Career …

My 3 ½ year old son was asked at school to say what his dad did at work all day. His answer? “He works around and sings.”

January 24th, 2014 @ 7:49 am
Friday Five: Teenage Wasteland

I did a bunch of odd jobs before I turned fifteen and was legally allowed to work in Florida. I had gigs mowing lawns, selling airbrushed license plates at the Daytona Beach Flea Market, selling ice cream during the races at Daytona International Speedway, going door-to-door selling Christmas wreaths for charity, &c. Once I turned fifteen, though, I was able to get a “real” job. Here are the five best “real” jobs I had before I turned twenty:

  1. dishwasher / prep cook · Carmichael’s Sports Pub
  2. Sandwich Engineer · Subway
  3. line cook · Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips
  4. counter man · TCBY
  5. pool cleaner / lotion sales · Hawaiian Tropic

So Money: An Oral History of Swingers

January 17th, 2014 @ 4:28 am
Friday Five: Places in Maui

Black RockMy five favorite places on Maui:

  1. Black Rock · Ka’anapali
  2. Longhi’s · Lahaina
  3. The Kahana Sunset · Kahana
  4. Kimo’s · Lahaina
  5. The Hula Grill · Ka’anapali
December 25th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My wife is pretty awesome. Baby It's Cold Outside – watch more funny videos

December 24th, 2013 @ 8:12 am
Christmas Eve, 2013

This is our second Christmas without mom. Last year I wrote a little bit about our Christmas Eve traditions, but I don’t have it in me this year. Christmas will be exactly 500 days since she died, which is simultaneously meaningless and important. I miss her so much.

December 20th, 2013 @ 7:20 am
Friday Five: Awesome Things About My Dad

DadToday is my dad’s birthday, so this Friday Five is dedicated to him. Here are five completely random awesome things about my dad:

  1. He can effortlessly play the guitar, mandolin, violin, and piano, and has the uncanny ability to learn new instruments with ease.
  2. He is a fantastic photographer.
  3. He taught me to love making frozen orange juice in a blender.
  4. He walks faster than anyone I know.
  5. He completely surprised me by falling in love with a silly little white dog.

Happy birthday, dad!

November 29th, 2013 @ 6:16 am
Friday Five: Awesome Toys

LEGO SpaceshipFive of my favorite childhood toys:

November 24th, 2013 @ 6:27 pm
A Last Meal

I am increasingly convinced that a tremendous amount of yin and yang is important to a successful marriage. My wife and I have dramatically different opinions about dining, for example: She lives to eat. I eat to live. If you were to give each of us an hour to decide what we wanted for a […]

November 22nd, 2013 @ 4:16 am
Friday Five: Favorite Cold Remedies

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold MedicineHow do I spell relief? Here are five of my favorite ways to handle being sick: