I Don’t Give a Damn for the Same Old Played Out Scenes

I'm sitting in our apartment on a rainy, cool Saturday afternoon in Rapid City, listening to records and enjoying a Fernson tart ale. Our friend Heidi commented that it's funny we had to move to South Dakota in order to experience rain. No kidding! It's been a very wet month here, with over 6.00" of … Continue reading I Don’t Give a Damn for the Same Old Played Out Scenes

Forced Creativity

I apologize for not updating sooner. I'd planned to, but there was a snafu with the cable company - totally my fault, as I scheduled the appointment for Pacific time instead of Mountain time - so when they showed up to install our cable/internet, Tara and I were actually kicking back at Buffalo Wild Wings … Continue reading Forced Creativity

1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 3: Rapid City, SD

Honey...I'm home! Funny concept, home. Most people have a hometown, or at the very least a place they associate with growing up. Being an Air Force brat, I never had that. Home truly was wherever I hung my hat. Honolulu was home three different times. Dayton was home. Vancouver, WA was home for what I … Continue reading 1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 3: Rapid City, SD

1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 2: Billings, MT

I am writing from the air-conditioned comfort of a Super 8 in Billings, Montana. It's roughly 1,000,000x better than the crappy Rodeway Inn we stayed at in Spokane last night. Funny story about this place: when I arrived in town exactly seven years ago, I walked into the Day's Inn to make a reservation and … Continue reading 1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 2: Billings, MT

1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 1: Spokane, WA

Greetings from Spokane, WA! It's official: the Biggest Adventure of My Life® has commenced. We were up bright and early this morning, out the door of my parents' house at 6 a.m. We would have loved to linger, but there was still lots of work to be done - loading the vehicles, cleaning the apartment, … Continue reading 1,250 Miles in the Slow Lane – Pt. 1: Spokane, WA

10 Things I Love About You

I woke up Sunday morning and asked Tara, "Hey, wanna move to South Dakota this week?" Fortunately, she was down. So: here we are. Moving week. Four more days! It still feels surreal, even though Tara's last day at work was Friday and mine is Wednesday. This is the final push! She'll be busy packing … Continue reading 10 Things I Love About You

The Moment When Everything Changed

One year ago, at this exact moment - June 16, 2017, 8:07 a.m. - everything changed. My entire future was altered with the push of a button. At the moment, I never imagined such far-reaching consequences would result from sending a simple email. Here it is, in its entirety: "You know, if you wanted to … Continue reading The Moment When Everything Changed

Mystery Solved

Remember the mystery animal cracker that appeared out of nowhere on my parents' front porch, leaving me and Tara befuddled and a little bit creeped out? We have an explanation, and sadly it involves neither ghosts nor aliens. My brother had texted me and said, "Hey, I think dad eats animal crackers all the time! … Continue reading Mystery Solved

Pomp & Circumstances

Things never really go as planned, do they? We'd scheduled a farewell event at our favorite local pub on Sunday. It was to be a casual, low-key affair, an opportunity for friends to drop by at their convenience and see us before we leave. Despite months of planning, it never happened; instead, we spent a … Continue reading Pomp & Circumstances