Archive for May 2015

Best (Worst) High School Graduation Songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><strong>It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men</strong><br>You haven't thought about Boyz II Men in well over fifteen years, have you? And you used to love this song, didn't you? But it sucks, doesn't it? And it doesn't make me long for yesterday. It makes me long for a mute button.
My daughter graduated high school today. I’m going to write about that. Not here, but soon. I’ve got some things to say about her, about graduation, and about people in general. (And now that post is done. You can read it here.) But all that can wait for a day or two. Right now I’m... Read more »

Tomorrow May Surprise Me

ChicagoNow’s challenge to its bloggers for this month’s communal writing activity is “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Are you kidding me? How am I supposed to find something interesting to say about what I’m going to... Read more »

Views from Mountaintops and Valleys

I’m not one to quote Richard Nixon, but he said one thing that has stuck with me ever since I heard it many years ago. On the day he resigned he gave a goodbye speech to the White House staff. Everyone in the room was very somber, and even Tricky Dick looked like he actually... Read more »

My Daughter Came to Work with Me Today

I brought my daughter to work today. It wasn’t Take Your Child to Work Day or anything. My wife planned to volunteer at my sons’ school, and I had crap to do at work, so my daughter came with me. She’s four-and-a-half. It was awesome. As a dude I don’t feel that neverending battle that... Read more »

Motorcycle Gang Wars Seem Silly to Me

I don’t mean to trivialize the deaths of nine people, but I just can’t take this whole motorcycle gang war in Texas seriously. I’m sure it’s serious business to them, but as someone who’s never been on a motorcycle, in a gang, or at war, it all seems rather silly to me. Minus the dead... Read more »

Observations on Birthday Season

I’ve been thinking about birthdays quite a bit recently. I celebrated my birthday a few weeks back, and we’re heading into birthday season around the Baker household with all four of my kids’ birthdays falling within three-and-a-half months of each other. This past Tuesday both of my nieces celebrated a birthday. I don’t obsess about... Read more »

It's Too Late When It's Gone

Next week is David Letterman’s last show. That sort of snuck up on me. I knew he was leaving, but I guess I didn’t realize he had so few shows left. Earlier this evening I was reading about his last show and it occurred to me that I should have been watching his show more... Read more »

Do You Even Think About What It's Worth?

Late last night I turned on American Pickers. Why it’s so interesting to watch a couple of guys pick through other people’s junk is a mystery to me. But when I’m in the right frame of mind, I can sit and watch for hours. At the beginning of last night’s episode Mike and Frank visited... Read more »

Where's the Energy in Darkness?

I’m the first person awake in the morning in my house. I get up before everyone so I can get ready and then wake everyone else so they can get ready. It’s been that way for as long as I remember. Most of the time the morning routine is…routine. However, every once in a while... Read more »

The Two Great Moms in My Life

A good mom is priceless. And judging by the number of jerks in the world, they’re also somewhat rare. Imagine how much better off we’d be if everyone was guaranteed a good mother. It’s hard to become a bad person if you’ve got a good mom. It’s not impossible, but it’s definitely less likely. I’m... Read more »