London, Retroactively

Nearly 11 months after landing a job at CenturyCo, I asked my boss if I could retroactively change the answer to one of my interview questions. Who does this...? (Rhetorical question. I do.) Granted, it wasn’t necessary. Some might even call it tempting fate. Obviously, they liked my original answer just fine, because they hired … Continue reading London, Retroactively


I was watching an episode of House Hunters last night, and one of the homes featured a bathroom with a urinal. Predictably, the husband was thrilled and the wife, mortified. This made me wonder why urinals in home bathrooms aren't common, because that's a trend I could get behind. Or in front of, as the … Continue reading Ruth-Less

Puffy Coats and Cat Sweaters

Audrey bought a sweater for our cat today. Suffice it to say, she was not a fan of playing dress-up. Poor Sydney. You can practically see "you shitty humans" written all over her face. Hey, I thought she was cute! Last week was pretty interesting. I ended up working from home  Thursday and Friday due to … Continue reading Puffy Coats and Cat Sweaters

Too Busy Feeding Unicorns

My attitude about books has changed drastically over the past year. Or, more specifically, e-readers. I had long lamented the rise of the Kindle and other e-readers. "They're too impersonal," I said. "There's nothing like feeling the weight of a book in your hands, smelling the musty pages, immersing yourself in the realm of print." … Continue reading Too Busy Feeding Unicorns

Where’s the 13th Floor?

I was in an elevator a few weeks ago, and noticed there was no 13th floor. I know that some building owners are superstitious and consider 13 an unlucky number, but just because there wasn't a 13th floor listed does not mean the 13th floor didn't exist. In this case (a hotel with 15 floors), … Continue reading Where’s the 13th Floor?

My Bark is Worse Than Your Bite

First, it was the belly dancer I lusted over. Now, Loretta Swit’s cousin – you know, the actress best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on MASH – found a post where I had mentioned her. I was discussing my newly-discovered Polish heritage, and gave a shout-out to some famous Polish … Continue reading My Bark is Worse Than Your Bite

493 Years to Track Down Woody Allen

When I was younger, I had an obsession with getting to know celebrities. I thought it would be cool to be friends with somebody famous, and thought the telephone was my ticket in, but when I dialed the operator and asked for Stephen King, she laughed in my face. How rude. It was worth a … Continue reading 493 Years to Track Down Woody Allen

Fate Had a Backup Plan

Tomorrow, my life changes forever. It's not every day you can say that. Sometime after 7:00 PM Saturday evening, Tara will be pulling up to my townhouse. Not for a visit this time, but to stay. This is the culmination of a long friendship that led to a wonderful, perfect relationship. The fact that we … Continue reading Fate Had a Backup Plan

All Work and No Play Makes Mark a Dull Boy

Happy Halloween! I keep forgetting that today's the big day, to be honest. It's been nearly a month since the kids and I went to the pumpkin patch, and the gourds we picked out that day are still sitting here, uncarved. Now that they're back at their mom's house for the week (the kids - … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Mark a Dull Boy

Beer, There & Everywhere

I'll never forget the first time I ordered myself a beer. I had just turned 21, of course, and the wife and I were celebrating the occasion with dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. This place had the best chicken fajitas I've ever eaten, which offset the strolling mariachi players. Sounds tacky, but it was … Continue reading Beer, There & Everywhere