Halloween is a BIG deal in our new town. Fort Atkinson has a citywide decorating contest and a lot of people go all out. Walking through the neighborhoods is wild. I'm impressed by how many people get into the spirit. There are lots of inflatables, which I've always found kinda lame. Great if you have … Continue reading Boo-tiful Days & Bewitching Nights
If you were reading me over the holidays last year, you probably recall a friendly little competition with Kelly, the overzealous neighbor across the street. She took so much pleasure in taunting me with her holiday display I started referring to her as Christmas Light Kelly. Gauntlets were thrown as we each tried to out-illuminate … Continue reading Six-Pack of Giant Spiders
I stopped by the grocery store for a few items over the weekend and nearly tripped over a display of Halloween candy...surefire proof that "fall" is coming! I ignored the M&M's and Snickers and gummy worms but did grab a bag of that most wondrous of holiday treats, candy corn. Not even politics inspire as … Continue reading I Mourn Candy Corn Scorn
Close Encounters of the Weird Kind Recently, there was construction taking place outside the office. Guess what? Jackhammers and productivity do not mix. Good thing I have noise-cancelling headphones and Spotify Premium. At one point, the jackhammers were replaced by a deep, metallic, droning sound that lasted for about five seconds at a time. Really … Continue reading Take Me to Your Leader
It has been freakin’ cold here lately. So cold, my words froze in midair this morning; I had to thaw them out in a frying pan before Tara could hear what I said. We ended up taking everything out of the freezer and huddling inside to keep warm. Three pints of ice cream are now … Continue reading Octember, Anyone?
I rarely get so sucked into a book I can’t stop reading it, but I’ve been forcing myself to turn off the lights every night and put down “Dark Matter” for fear I’ll never go to bed and it will suddenly be morning. Which wouldn't be a terrible thing, but I do like my sleep! … Continue reading Celestial Jackpot
Lost in all the moving hubbub was the fact that Audrey bought her first car a few weekends ago. Let's just pretend I'm not old enough to have two kids with driver's licenses and cars, okay? When I first started blogging, lo these many years ago, Audrey was still crawling around on all fours, a … Continue reading You Auto Know
I can sum up Halloween this year in one word: wet. That much, we were expecting. Forecasters were telling us we were in for a good soaking three to four days in advance. What we were not expecting was the cancellation of our Tour of Untimely Departures at Lone Fir Cemetery, an event we'd purchased tickets … Continue reading Yabba Dabba Dammit
Our office smells like a frat house on Sunday morning. Actual email from the president of our company, sent after everybody had left last night. The funny thing is, I don't think he was complaining about it. More like boasting, if anything. The guys that run the company are forever demonstrating what a fun and … Continue reading All You Need is Love. And Rum.
“You wanna come in and sing some blues?” “No thanks, Taj. There’s something about those songs. They depress me.” Unlike Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin’s character in The Jerk), I have recently discovered that I actually like the blues. This comes as a big surprise, because I am unapologetically a rock ‘n roll guy. We … Continue reading I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues