How to make a cranky, old man

How to make a cranky, old man
I’ve got all the makings of a cranky, old man… everything but the front porch. We just sold our big house with a nice porch out front and moved into a rental with only a few cement steps instead. I’ve got no place to sit and wave my fist at passing kids who must be... Read more »

I was a teenaged Playboy subscriber

I had a best friend growing up. His name was Bill. We lived on the same street only he was on the far end of the next block. Bill and I started hanging out, playing together, so far back I have no memory of that first day or even that first year or two. Back... Read more »

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans
I’ve got a birthday coming up in a month or so. I’ll turn the same age my mother was when she died of a brain aneurism. My mom was down in Florida with my dad when it happened, visiting my oldest sister and her husband. My father had his first stroke a few months earlier.... Read more »
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It is what it is... Or is it?

It is what it is... Or is it?
“It is what it is.” I hear people say that once in a while. Usually I’m working on a project with these people. We’ve come to a stage in the process that might prove a little difficult or might need a little more effort than originally anticipated. We’re at a definite fork in the road—... Read more »

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?
Some years ago, I took part in a series of focus groups— behind the two-way mirror on the client side, as an observer. The research involved women discussing their feelings about make-up. In groups of six or seven, women of different ages from different backgrounds gathered around the same table and came to pretty much... Read more »

Starbucks to go (in the garbage)

Starbucks to go (in the garbage)
I don’t know if Starbucks invented the “coffee prep station” but I’d say they certainly made it popular. Caribou has one that’s pretty much the same as Starbucks. Argo tea has their version. Peet’s. Stumptown in Portland has one, except with eco-friendly real silverware-type spoons to stir your brew that they wash and re-use. They... Read more »
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Father’s Day: a second-class holiday?

Father’s Day: a second-class holiday?
Sunday is Father’s Day. A day set aside once a year to honor or celebrate or at least acknowledge the male parent in our lives. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first official Mother’s Day. Woodrow Wilson made that day a holiday in 1914. It took 58 years for a corresponding dad holiday... Read more »

Why are we here? And why are we such dicks?

Why are we here? And why are we such dicks?
Why are we here? Philosophers and stoners have been pondering that existentialist tidbit for quite some time… But we can’t even decide on how. Some people know for a fact that we just happened. Crawl out of the swamp, a million years and a little natural selection later, and badda-bing, there we are. Other people... Read more »

10 things that suck, part 4

10 things that suck, part 4
There are things that suck in life. Little things. Big things. Annoying things. (First world things, certainly, but still.) And now, from a cranky old guy’s very, very long list of things that suck: the next 10 things that suck: 31. Open-mouthed yawners You know we can see you, right? When you ratchet open your... Read more »
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The most amazing blog post ever will blow your mind!!

The second to last paragraph will knock your socks off! There’s a lot more hype out there on the Internet lately, more than usual. I know everyone’s vying for your eyeballs on their tweets and pins, snapchats and landing pages but every meme can’t be awesome. Every blog post can’t be the most amazing blog... Read more »