Halloween vigilante. That’s right.

Halloween vigilante. That’s right.

I may have jinxed myself when I said “I’m not that into Halloween” as 100 of my costumed co-workers did a conga line to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Or maybe I was simply due a crappy day. Regardless, I’m certain tonight will live on in infamy, a story my son will someday tell his children. Or … Continue reading

The four blue feathers.

The four blue feathers.

  I am superstitious about feathers. I became more conscious of this superstition when I learned Paulo Coelho writes a book after finding a white feather. Or maybe he waits for the feather to begin writing a planned book. I don’t remember. I do know that he recently started a book when a fan sent … Continue reading

Running to stand still.

Running to stand still.

Yesterday’s post was a little cryptic. Today’s is not. I began writing this last December after returning from Paris. Upon re-entry I was spooky calm, Neo in the Matrix, a ninja defeating a thousand enemies (holiday preparations and catching up on life) without breaking a sweat. And in this manic stillness my creative voice was absent, … Continue reading

The hot breath of anticipation.

The hot breath of anticipation.

For years, every morning at precisely 6 a.m., a neurotic German shepherd and a golden retriever with ADD stood* shoulder-to-shoulder next to my bed and breathed heavily in my face. If ignored, the shepherd began a conversational whine and the golden, dying to tackle me but knowing it to be unwise, hopped in place repeatedly. … Continue reading

Things about Paris I didn’t learn online.

Things about Paris I didn’t learn online.

Before escaping to the City of Light, I had grand ambitions of inter-continental blogging genius.  But I got busy. I didn’t feel like writing after 9 hours of walking. Then I had performance anxiety when I returned.  I’m still feeling loopy but I’ve been harassed by so many to write that here I am, not-live-from-Paris-anymore. … Continue reading

Bonjour! Où est le chocolat?

Bonjour! Où est le chocolat?

There are a mere six days until Jen and I travel to Paris where, instead of filling up on Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce until we pass out, we will be gorging on wine, cheese and le chocolat. Until we pass out. The anticipation is overwhelming, as the only time I’ve visited Paris was for … Continue reading

Sainthood via ferry commuting?

Sainthood via ferry commuting?

We’ve all heard the phrase “the patience of a saint.” Today I came one step closer to sainthood! I commute ~18 miles by ferry to Seattle daily, about 2 hours round-trip on the water. This is a mostly stellar commute — I can’t complain about wi-fi, wine, the views or the occasional pod of Orcas … Continue reading

What do you do for a living?

What do you do for a living?

Remember Free to Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas And Friends, which opens with children in groovy 70’s garb (Coke bottle glasses!) riding carousel horses that jump off, galloping beyond the park into a wide-open cartoon landscape? My parents had the record (as well as multiple Bill Gaither Trio albums, which we won’t talk about). Under duress, I could probably recite … Continue reading

The highlight of my day.

The highlight of my day.

Today was a series of small disappointments, remedied with one giant win. First, the disappointments: The Immortals.  Words cannot describe how much I wanted to love this film, given my adoration for Greek mythology, the film The Fall by the same director Tarsem, and the man-candy of the film 300 by the same producers. Sadly, as … Continue reading

Experimentation and experience points.

Experimentation and experience points.

If you’ve ever played games like The Sims or World of Warcraft (or, if you want to go old school, Dungeons & Dragons), you understand the concept of experience points. I previously mentioned it supposedly takes 10,000 hours to master any given skill. What can be misleading is that in The Sims* you can rack up … Continue reading