The day a notorious mobster taught me how to make pasta sauce.

I was saddened to hear the news that Ray Liotta passed away today. But I was downright mortified by my friend Ashley's response. You know what? I was salty! I was a freakin' container of Morton's Iodized because Goodfellas is probably my all-time favorite movie, and Ray Liotta's portrayal of notorious mobster-turned-FBI-informant Henry Hill is … Continue reading The day a notorious mobster taught me how to make pasta sauce.

I skipped Florida for a brothel instead.

I’m the only member of the marketing department in the office until Thursday. Everybody else on my team is basking in sunny Fort Lauderdale. Actually, they’re not basking. They’re conferencing. Which makes me feel a little better about being stuck behind. And if I’m being totally honest, I’m not much of a Florida person anyway. … Continue reading I skipped Florida for a brothel instead.

Seven Across the 605

Yesterday, I was driving home from a three-day work conference in Sioux Falls, and thought, damn...I've made a LOT of trips across South Dakota this year. A quick bit of mental arithmetic later, I realized this was the seventh time I've made the 693-mile roundtrip drive between Rapid City and Sioux Falls in a little … Continue reading Seven Across the 605

Viva La Corporate America!

One year ago today, I started my new job at CenturyCo. It was actually my second day with the company, but the first time I set foot in the Rapid City office. The day before had been a five-hour orientation at corporate HQ in Wall. It's weird, by the way. Walking into a new job … Continue reading Viva La Corporate America!

The Astronaut Button

So, This is What It Feels Like To Be An Astronaut... I discovered a nifty button that turns my Hyundai into a zippy little rocket. My driving experience hasn't been the same since. I've been very happy since buying the Kona last September, don't get me wrong. But it's always lacked oomph. At least compared … Continue reading The Astronaut Button

‘Yak Tracks

After the longest week in the history of man, Saturday morning rolled around. Tara and I were up bright and early. Our destination? Pactola Lake. We'd been looking forward to trying out our new kayaks ever since hauling them back 300 miles from North Dakota. The day dawned clear and warm. It was perfect weather … Continue reading ‘Yak Tracks

Winner, Winner, Mexican Dinner

Greetings from the pheasant hunting capital of South Dakota! I'm writing this post from a hotel room in Winner, South Dakota. It's a tiny town in Tripp County, about three hours east of Rapid City, with fewer than 3,000 residents. Winner's claim to fame is pheasant hunting. Fun fact: Winner was established in 1909 and … Continue reading Winner, Winner, Mexican Dinner

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 9 – Home, Sweet Home

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. One Last Dose of Kitsch We were both up this morning around 6:30. As difficult as it was to pull the plug on a truly fantastic trip, we were both ready to hit the road. It was a chilly 36º when we left Austin, MN...and … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 9 – Home, Sweet Home

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

How Cheesy! And just like that, we've arrived at our final destination: Austin, Minnesota. It's hard to believe we've been on the road for an entire week already. On the other hand, Sioux Falls already feels like a lifetime ago. This has been a fantastic trip. Tara is ready to be home, while I kinda … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 7 – Madison, WI

Role Reversal A funny thing is happening as our vacation has stretched into its seventh day: Tara and I have switched roles. Early on she was the one looking for detours and saying we had all the time in the world to explore, while I was most interested in getting to the next hotel. Now, … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 7 – Madison, WI