I always thought I’d die of a broken heart. I know her name, but never got her number. But she’s the one who told me in that special, emotionless way only doctors can. “Incomplete right bundle branch block and left axis-anterior fascicular block … ABNORMAL … Have a nice day.” Let me catch you up. … Continue reading Literally broken-hearted, I wait for what’s next
It took approximately two and half hours to fully realize that the peace-and-love salutations of the New Year were long gone. From the time “Auld Lang Syne” ended to when the last party favor was sounded, peace and love took a back seat to an inebriated asshole pounding on his hotel room door. And yelling. … Continue reading Happy 2017-Plus One (at least for now)
So I'm on vacation. Well, not really. When you're working two jobs whose hours total 57.5 hours a week -- and one of those jobs is journalism-based -- you're never really on vacation. At least I'm not. I'm old school and I'm a firm believer in the fact that because I chose this profession, I'm … Continue reading The Uninspired Version of Me
He was sitting in a hot tub, buck naked with two women, dressed like-wise, or so he said, and even though Danny Paul Carroll was all about having fun, something was missing. So sometime after midnight – the drinks having flowed freely all evening, no doubt – he picked up the telephone and made a … Continue reading Oh Danny Boy: Hoping an old friend finally finds peace
I didn’t know Walter Crabtree well, but it’s safe to say he taught me one of life’s most important athletic lessons. Play your role 100 percent and you’ll be successful. After a life full of teaching those around him, Walter passed away two days after Thanksgiving Day at the age of 60. Personally, I’m thankful … Continue reading Remembering Walter: A long-lost weekend’s lesson remains true
Many of my friends and former classmates are mourning the loss of a former teacher today. The news of Jeffrey Johnson’s passing takes many of us back to our high school days, to our interactions with him and how he changed our lives. I never had Mr. Johnson as a teacher, however. Instead, he changed … Continue reading Remembering my 13-mile long classroom
So three roofers are standing on a roof. What sounds like the beginning of a lame bar joke is actually one of the problems with what's wrong with America, at least in my humble opinion. Let's get one thing straight, though: Three roofers taking time out from doing their job and standing for the National … Continue reading Taking a Stand: When are we going to get to the real issues?
I never wanted to go to Las Vegas. It was never on my bucket list of places to visit or things to do. I had no interest in the bright lights, The Strip, the casinos, that silly sign that sits obnoxiously on the edge of the city as a photobomb for tourists who stand in … Continue reading Again in America
She asked me if I would buy some oil from her for $2. That’s how we met, me and the girl who had once been so pretty. I could see it in her eyes as I looked at her. She had been beautiful once, probably not that long ago, albeit before the demons called on … Continue reading Five dollars for your thoughts
Dear $758 Million Lottery Winner, I woke up this morning and discovered the bad news. I was not the big money winner of last night’s Powerball drawing. Instead, you were. Congratulations. Then, I discovered more bad news. After walking up to my local deli, and plugging my own two lottery tickets under the scanner (I … Continue reading Dear Lottery Winner, What if?