Archive for July 2012

Ever run a 5k an hour after your flight arrived from Paris?

I just did that exact crazy thing last Thursday. Although I wouldn’t exactly call my performance “racing.”  My fellow blogger, Traci Mitchell of Get Fit Chicago, already wrote an excellent blog summarizing the Run for Gus—you should read it—and it was all for a great cause: Pediatric brain cancer research. I already wrote a blog... Read more »

When your teenage daughter questions everything you say, you have a "Quecho" in the house

When your teenage daughter questions everything you say, you have a "Quecho" in the house
There’s a quecho in my house. My daughter has this habit of repeating the last word or words that I say in the form of a question. I refer to this phenomenon as a quecho. Doesn’t it sound like a quecho should be really cute? Like something from Dr. Suess. But it’s not. A quecho... Read more »

When your urban garden resembles a horror movie, or nobody wants to get bonked in the head with a cucumber when taking out the trash

When your urban garden resembles a horror movie, or nobody wants to get bonked in the head with a cucumber when taking out the trash
My backyard is a movie. It used to be a Disney movie, what with all the birds chirping and the squirrels and bunnies and the baby possum under the porch. All the wildlife showing up presumably because of the nice garden. It became Little Shop of Horrors when the grapevine my son planted started taking... Read more »
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A decision I regret.

I wrestle with what I want to write about sometimes.  As a comedian I feel like everything I post should be funny, but then there is a real and human side to me as well.  The funny escapes every now and then but sometimes I just need to have a voice. This is one of... Read more »

Dork 1 and Dork 2 strike again—this time for charity: Donna's Good Things

Dork 1 and Dork 2 strike again—this time for charity: Donna's Good Things
That’s right. Brace yourselves. It’s going to be even worse than before. Not only will we be dorky parents running a 5k with our children, we’ll be dorky parents wearing tutus and running a 5k with our children. That’s right, I said tutus. (That’s right, I said “That’s right” twice, no three, wait, four times... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes II

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes II
Part II of my series: Transitioning to Vibram running shoes Yesterday I went for a second run in the Vibrams. (My mileage is waaay down this week due to a bout with a head-cold, which I usually run through, but this one made me not only congested but lazy, too.) Basically I did the same... Read more »
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Squeaky wheel gets greased: Southwest Airlines gives me my money back!

After a recent post about how Selfish Southwest Airlines seat-saving passengers suck, I was contacted by someone from Southwest Airlines Customer Relations who apologized (twice) for my disappointment and said the money my family had paid for the upgrades would be refunded. Wow. This is why that airline has such a wonderful customer service reputation.... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: Why I love music.

I love music, like maybe more than most people.  Music still hits me hard, like hearing a song play and getting goose bumps.  I do not go a day and barely hours without listening to music, in fact, I am listening “Lakeshore” by Of Monsters and Men while I type this.  Check it out you... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes

Transitioning to Vibram running shoes
Today I ran for the first time in Vibram running shoes and thought it might be fun to write about my transition to running in these crazy-looking new “shoes.” I get a lot of good ideas when running and unlike the ideas I get after a martini (or two), my running ideas usually turn out... Read more »
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Selfish Southwest Airlines seat-saving passengers suck

Selfish Southwest Airlines seat-saving passengers suck
Recently, my family and I flew Southwest Airlines on vacation. (Full disclosure: I am an airline employee, but I don’t work for Southwest Airlines.) We had a wonderful experience! Except (always a “but”) except for some rude, rude, selfish and naughty passengers on our way home. Just in case you don’t know, Southwest does not... Read more »