I set my clocks early 'cause I know I'm always late.

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:

November 8th, 2013 @ 6:22 am
Friday Five: Favorite (Non-Chip) Snacks

HersheyI love me some Cool Ranch Doritos™, so I had to make this list more specific.

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Milk Chocolate Non Pareils
  • krackel
  • Nestlé Crunch
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
November 6th, 2013 @ 5:58 pm
The Five Stages of Feeding a Toddler

See also: Kübler-Ross Denial “What? You can’t be serious. You just said you wanted peanut butter and jelly.” Anger “You eat this bite right now. Sit down! Eat it!” Bargaining “Please? Please have another bite? If you have another bite you can have more chocolate milk.” Depression “I can’t believe you’re not going to eat […]

November 1st, 2013 @ 3:56 am
Friday Five: Favorite Drinks

GuinnessMy five favorite alcoholic beverages:

  • Gin & Tonic
    I’m partial to Hendrick’s, but am happy to try other gins.
  • Budwesier
    I really like Sam Adams Light and Sam Adams Boston Lager, but Budweiser is classic.
  • Jack & Coke
    I’m not much of a whiskey man, but nothing beats a Jack & Coke at a midnight concert in LA.
  • Joan Collins
    It’s a Tom Collins with vodka instead of gin. Technically it’s a Comrade Collines or simply a Vodka Collins, but my friend calls it a Joan because he thinks I sound very feminine when I order one.
  • Guinness
    This is by far my favorite beer.