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?
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?
As the Airbus 320, flying as Jet Blue Flight 611, made its way over the Utah mountains, banking towards lower Nevada, the lights down below finally came into view. With every drop in descent, they grew brighter and brighter until right before landing when the city below became clear as day, even in the darkness … Continue reading Leaving Las Vegas … Looking back on four days in the desert
Every tragedy seems to carry with it that one image that becomes iconic because it gets splashed across television screens worldwide, and in newspapers from Calcutta to California. For Monday night’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, at an Ariana Grande concert, of all places, the image is that of a teen-age girl being helped … Continue reading Monday in Manchester: The World Just Changed Again
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
Like every other New England Patriots fan -- well, let’s make that NFL fan, why don’t we – I woke up to the news this morning that Aaron Hernandez was dead. Hanged in his prison cell. Just like that a former star is gone. He was just 27. I knew what was coming next. As … Continue reading An American Tragedy: A Fallen Star is Dead
Before I ever loved basketball – before I even truly knew what love was, in fact – I loved baseball. It was 1975. I was 9. And it was beautiful, even after it broke my heart. The Boston Red Sox went to the World Series that summer and captured my heart my heart while doing … Continue reading The Unwritten Bucket List Loses Another Item