And now, the number 42 is not only the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (according to Douglas Adams, anyway), but also my new age. I can't say I'm too fond of it: turning 40 was hard enough, and each additional year just feels like adding insult to injury. Plus, … Continue reading “Unto Death?!” Well, this is going to be an interesting year…
A friend of mine compared me to Rob Lowe the other day. I was initially thrilled - after all, he's still considered eye candy by the ladies, right? Only she wasn't referring to the man himself or his looks but, rather, to his character on Parks And Recreation, Chris Traeger. First off, I have to … Continue reading This is literally my best blog post ever.
There's a new phenomenon sweeping through cyberspace, and maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I just don't get it: on Facebook, seemingly all my friends are "checking into" places using Apps like Foursquare. I'll see status updates that say, John Smith is at Red Robin or Jane Doe is at Target. Every night, one of my friends … Continue reading The Demise of TMI
All my life, I've been told my ancestry was fairly straightforward: Russian on my mom's side, Czechoslovakian on my dad's. No matter which way I sliced it, I was descended from poor peasant folk in Eastern Europe. Nothing glamorous, just a bunch of sheep and goat herders struggling to make a living off the land … Continue reading Maybe Lisel isn’t a distant cousin, but I still love schnitzel.
Today is my daughter's birthday. Audrey turns eleven. While I'm happy to be celebrating this milestone with her, it also makes me feel a bit nostalgic for the past. My life was very different 11 years ago. As if to drive this point home, I recently stumbled across a shoebox full of 8mm videotapes from … Continue reading Mayberry Forever
Ever since I wrote that writers write and starting writing again, everything has been going write! Err...right. (Even I'm confused by that sentence). But it's true! My luck definitely seems to be changing. About a month ago, I got an e-mail from my former employer. It was simple and intriguing. Hey, Mark - we have … Continue reading Vince Vaughn’s A Dork & I’m Impatient
The weather around these parts lately has been - hmm, how to phrase this most optimistically? - less than stellar. Let's start with March. We had measurable rain in Portland 29 out of 31 days. Even for the notoriously soggy Pacific Northwest, that's a lot! It was also the 5th-wettest March on record, and the … Continue reading You Can’t Take The Sky From Me
If you're going to call yourself a writer, there's just a single prerequisite - one thing, and one thing only, that you must do. Write. Seems pretty basic, doesn't it? If you're a punter on an NFL team, you'll be lacing up your shoes following every possession and punting the ball. Your job description is right … Continue reading Punters Punt, Divers Dive, & Writers Write
Before my kids left for Florida, I gave them three simple rules to adhere to. 1. Be good. 2. Listen to your grandparents. 3. Don't get eaten by a shark. So, imagine my dismay when I checked Facebook yesterday and found the following status update from my son: Rusty almost got attacked by a shark … Continue reading Swimming With Sharks