Archive for July 2017

Eleven Things to Teach my Son Who Just Turned Eleven

My youngest son turns eleven years old today. I’m not sure how that happened. I suspect it’s because eleven years have passed since his birth, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. Time is on hyperdrive. It sucks. But regardless of what I think, time’s not going to slow down. I spent the evening at... Read more »

Doofenshmirtz and I Spend the Day Together

When I read the challenge for tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour—“What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?”—two people came to mind right away: Hannibal Lecter and Willy Wonka. I think it’s just coincidence that hanging out with either of them would probably result in some rather... Read more »

The Next Step in my Writing Career

Twenty years ago I started writing for pleasure. The first thing I remember writing were lyrics to a song entitled S&M Dream, which I did as a joke in response to some friends who thought that would be a funny title for a song sung by a barber shop quartet. The words just sort of... Read more »

Observations on Returning to Wrigley Field After a Four-Year Absence

Despite all of the money that the Cubs have poured into Wrigley Field to make it a more modern park, with more comfortable amenities to help continue to draw fans, until Wednesday I hadn’t seen the “new” Wrigley Field. My absence hadn’t been based on moral grounds, or any strenuous objection to the changes that... Read more »

Pokemon North American International Championships notes from a Novice

If you’re like me, the Pokémon North American International Championships snuck up on you this year. Somehow I’d forgotten to mark the event on my calendar. Perhaps I forgot because I don’t know the first damn thing about Pokémon. On the other hand, my son is an expert. At least in comparison to me. I’ve... Read more »