- Seattle, Washington,
- August 28
- I'm a middle-aged dad, clinging to my daughters' waning youth and my sanity.
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Reflections of a shallow pond's Links
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Seriously, this couldn't have come at a better time.
After basking in eighty-one straight shimmering days of Pacific Northwest sunshine, I awakened at five-thirty this morning nearly as grumpy and sore as Jerry Sandusky after an evening horsing around with the prison tickle monster. Things were dam… Read full post »
The living room was the stadium, our avocado carpet serving as the faux turf field and the fireplace mantel the glorious pay dirt of the end zone.
Clutching the football/… Read full post »
Why did you allow things to get to this point without calling me? Come on, you guys, you know I'm here for you.
It's obviously too late to reverse this current wave, now that you've announced the impending layoffs of seven hundred and… Read full post »
I'm obviously in the minority, here.
Apparently, I can be counted among those groups whose memberships are painfully small:
Those who feel O.J. didn't do it.
People who decided that it was finally safe to open the sliding glass door and let the raccoons meet the kittens.
Parents who choose a… Read full post »
I didn't quite reach those aptitudal levels yesterday, but I came close to becom/… Read full post »
For the past three weeks, these poor guys have been bloodied. They've been battered and bludgeoned. They've been abused more than a dog whose tag is etched, "Property of the Romney Family. If found, please hose off and return."
The National Football League Referees Association has been on strike/
The tires of our U-Haul brushed against the curb as my roommate, Dave, and I pulled up to our new home, a duplex in Seattle's Central District. We walked up the porch steps, opened the door and gazed at the narrow stairway which led to our top-floor… Read full post »
"Yeah, of course I did," I lied.
I lied again. "You know...over there...behind the portables."
"Um, like...last Wednesday...maybe before that." Lie number three.
"Decent. Good deal, bud."
It was the autumn of 1976, I was fourtee/…
What are your core beliefs?
I know that's a pretty loaded question. Most of us have sort of a "belief pyramid," where our really intense convictions are firmly ingrained up top where the stonework can't get tagged with graffiti or some teenage boy's spent Copenhagen wad.
And then… Read full post »
At 7:31 this morning, she bounded out of her room and grabbed
"Bye. Have a good day."
"Thanks. You, too."
She strode out of the door, her footsteps heavy and confident.
My daughter is a high school senior—and today is her last first day of school.
After she left, I sat… Read full post »
I finally got him last night.
Or should I say, he got me.
Mitt Romney's hit some potholes along the way, no doubt about it, but he keeps coming back like a a grinning rash with graying temples.
Remember pretty early on, when he had to explain the whole… Read full post »
I've got a few friends who don't like to acknowledge their
birthdays, especially those that end with zeroes.
Maybe it represents another year of dreams unrealized or jeans unwearable. Perhaps it's just the notion that some of us have scampered substantially past life's fifty yard line, the end zone… Read full post »
During the pre-internet age, they served as definitive series on thousands of topics. If you had to write a report about Neanderthals for fourth grade science, you could drop into the school library, slide out a volume on early primates and copy a few meaty paragraphs word-fo/… Read full post »
It's like choosing between Rocky and the Soviet killing machine (played by a nice Swedish man who studied chemistry at Washington State University).
It's similar to picking between the 1980 USA hoc/… Read full post »
Sheriff Joe, we need you.
Don't you want to feel wanted again? Isn't it time to thrust up those chubby little hands and say, "Peace out, Arizona."
Look, you're being sued by the Justice Department for constitutional violations, which, you know, seems… Read full post »
If you had to choose, would you consider the word "Google" to be
a more of a noun or a verb?
I'm going with verb in a landslide. "Googling," which has come down the trail a couple of miles behind "xeroxing" and "spooning," has now… Read full post »
Throughout our lives, we hear more sage phrases, more ironic
parables, more downright clichés, regarding the word
"change" than any other lone word I can pry loose from the corroded
cast iron that is my brain matter.
Whoa, that was a long sentence.
Our… Read full post »
How cool are the Olympic Games? I'll go ahead and answer that,
but in terms my kids would use.
They're wicked hella filthy sick.
Which means really cool.
For ninety-nine percent of the participants, it's the one opportunity every one-thousand-four-hundred-and-sixty days to step from the shadows of o… Read full post »
Remember back, whether in junior high or high school, when you really had a crush on someone? Sure you do.
Maybe it was that guy in Earth Science who grinned seductively at you every morning before asking for a number two pencil and a piece of paper.
Or/… Read full post »
You've got to hand it to Mitt Romney.
Acting under no duress or even the influence of a strong frappuccino, Governor Bushwood stood before the NAACP on Tuesday and chose to lambaste our first African American president.
Hey, Mitt, Charles Bronson called and wants his Death Wish back.
In my jaundiced… Read full post »
Another one in the books.
Hopefully, I'm not boring you to distraction with tales of family vacations. I've expounded on so many—Vegas, Disneyworld, San Diego—yet each trip drips with the newness of a thawing icicle teetering over an exposed cornea.
Yep, these trips continue to evolve.
Eac… Read full post »
"I'm sorry, sir. I do apologize. Unfortunately, there's nothing
I can do."
Have you ever heard those words or a similar combination of them? Let me rephrase that—how many times have you heard those words?
A hundred? Maybe a couple of hundred? Since my brittle carcass is rapidly… Read full post »