Posts in category "Health"

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?
Some guys feel the need to talk to you when you’re in the restroom. I have no idea why. These guys somehow don’t realize what goes on in this room, the reason we’re both there. They don’t see the imaginary line, I guess, the one at the men’s room door where all talking is supposed... Read more »

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
When you’re born, you’re like a brand new car, pretty much, rolling off the assembly line. Okay, so the assembly line is your mother and you don’t roll off so much as you’re extruded, but you get the idea. And sure, you’re covered in gunk and nasty bodily fluids. But they take you in back,... Read more »

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion
I have a nearly wonderful life. Perfect? I don’t about perfect… But it’s wonderful; aspects of my life are incredibly great. Great wife and kids. Check. We downsized, sold the house; now we have no mortgage! Check. Paid off the cars, the kids’ college, pretty much, with a little left over for the next house.... Read more »
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My R-rated Life

My R-rated Life
We’re all familiar with the movie rating system. G, PG, PG-13, and so on. Originally implemented in the 1960s as a quick-glance way for parents to know what the kiddies should or shouldn’t see, it morphed and changed through the 90s to the system in use today. Besides the simple letter grades, movie ratings add... Read more »

Do You Let Other People Define You?

Do You Let Other People Define You?
I’m an impressionable guy; at least I used to be, more so before therapy. I mean: it’s taken me a long time, decades, to finally call myself a writer. Even though, on and off, people actually paid me money to string words together into sentences and paragraphs. Sure, I wrote jokes for Jenny Jones but... Read more »

How will your kids turn out?

How will your kids turn out?
One of the nagging questions in the back of every parent’s mind from the moment their child is born, pretty much, is: “how will your kids turn out?” It’s like he or she is a soufflé baking for 18, 19 years. You worry about how your son or daughter is going to end up pretty... Read more »
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Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression

Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department today called Robin Williams’ death a suspected suicide. A PR rep added that Williams “has been battling severe depression…” Though there’s a lot of talk about the “demons” Williams fought for years and the addictions he had to drugs and alcohol, TV’s Dr. Drew Pinsky thinks post-op depression may have... Read more »

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
We had traditions in my house when I was growing up. Once a year my dad clamped a hand-cranked meat grinder to the edge of our kitchen table and made sausage. We’d pick Christmas gifts from the Sears catalog for “Santa” to “bring us.” And children in my family between 4-years-old and, say, 12 served... Read more »

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 »
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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 »