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How Is It Their Little Heads Don’t Spontaneously Combust?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

My father is very fond of saying things are “frustrating” these days; his lack of memory, the economy, not seeing deer when mom or I take him out for a drive, that stores that are continuing to close at the mall and a whole mess of other things.  It’s all about the frustration with him right now.  But at least he hasn’t said it’s “depressing.” That would be a huge warning sign.  Frustrating can be handled.  Depressing?  That’s a whole other monster.

Classic Blog Post: The Square Root of 36 (6/20/06)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Classic Blog Post: The Square Root of 36
Original Publication Date: 6/20/06

36.  6 x 6 = 36.  The square root of 36 is 6.  June is the 6th month.  This is 2006.  Oh, Jesus…I’ll spill.  I turned 36 yesterday.  How did I take it?  Pretty well for the first part of the day.  It certainly made me feel silly for once throwing a tantrum when I turned 25.  I’m certainly smarter than I was at 25, I’m in better shape than at 25 and I’ve done more professionally than at 25.  So, good reasons to celebrate being 36, right?

Dodging Assassins, Ninjas and Triads

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

It’s Thursday!  We made it.  Now if we only had tomorrow off.

I have a quick announcement before getting to the meat of this thing: Saturdays are now–at least on my website–officially Classic Blog Post Day!  What does this mean?  It means that MySpace has a ton of blogs I wrote from 2006 on and since so many of us are waiting for the site to simply shut down and cease existing, I figured I’d better rescue all the blogs while I can.

Sequel: The Sequel!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

As an adult writer, I write to give my ideas and fantasies life.  As a child writer, I did it to continue stories I loved and wanted more of.  Our fourth grade teacher once read our class Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great by Judy Blume and I wasn’t satisfied thinking the story was over at the last page, so I set out to write the next adventure.  Sure, I didn’t get very far, but that wasn’t the point.  Endings don’t exist to a child.

Service With A Smile: A Gay Man’s Motto

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Service with a smile is usually a gay man’s motto, right?  Oh, get your mind out of the gutter.  That’s a different blog.  Anyway, the entire reason this subject is coming up is because of an observation my mother made last month.  We’d just sat down in a restaurant, the server came over, asked how we were and I apparently had an entire conversation with this woman like an automaton without ever even looking up from my menu.

A Writer’s Mortality: The Undiscovered Country

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I’ve seen two films twice each on opening day in my life.  The first was “The Lost Boys” back in…well, not so long ago.  The second, which was a little more recent, was “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” Both have very warm places in my heart and I actually have a tradition that goes back to 1982 of watching Star Trek films while decorating the Christmas tree.  It’s just what I’ve done.  Well, up until 2009 when Pookie declared “I want to watch something else.”