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 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?
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?
I was about an hour away from having a doctor stick a knife into me and splice open my skin when the nerves started getting the better of me. This was just about three years ago and, in the larger scheme of things, going under the knife for an umbilical hernia was rather minor surgery … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day To One Brave Lady
I was called a bully the other day. Anybody that knows me -- truly knows me -- would laugh at that as much as I did considering over the course of my life I've loved and accepted everybody that has come and gone. My only "fight" was in fourth grade with a kid named Joe … Continue reading Don’t run and hide: Join me on our bully pulpits
• • • Four years ago -- well, four years and one day ago, to be exact -- The October Weekend was reborn. I was sitting around, feeling old, and wanting to write, so I moved off my couch, sat down at my computer chair, and still feeling old, I started to write. Over the past 1,424 … Continue reading Happy Anniversary To Us
We were 16 and in love. As such, young couples don’t tend to weigh risk vs. reward, opting instead to jump feet first into a new adventure and just enjoy the ride. That’s how we – me and my girlfriend in the spring of 1983 -- ended up climbing a fence at the Bangor International … Continue reading The Woman Who Traveled The World
You are all so welcome. Today, the day of Cupid, you are not with me … so that is my Valentine’s Day gift to you. On the day when love allegedly conquers all, I offer you up eternal happiness, away from me and the few things I bring to the table. Humor. Friendship. Understanding. Yeah, … Continue reading To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
I woke up at four in the morning and my bladder, on automatic pilot, told me what it was time to do. On the journey back to my bed, though, it dawned on me. It wasn't a dream. Last night really happened. Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., son of Gaylynn and Tom Sr., husband of … Continue reading It’s Simple New England Math: 51+12=5