CHASING THE GRAVEYARD HAWK

We spend most of our lives after age 25 fighting entropy.  Entropy, for those of you who probably never even considered taking Thermodynamics in college, is that thing that keeps increasing forever and ultimately ends up with everything in total randomness.  For people, that means ultimately "not being alive anymore". So we spend a huge amount of our daily energy fighting the … [Read more...]

THE SNAKEHANDLER’S SON

“There he is!”, my father shouted.  He stepped on it to halt its amazingly swift wiggling through the grass and grabbed it behind its head and brought it up to his face.  Daddy was looking carefully at the snake’s eyes and examining the markings.   Tongue flicking around in the air like crazy to get the scent of this totally irritating creature that was causing such a problem.  … [Read more...]

(UN) NATURAL HERBAL HEALING AND ALLERGIES…

The responses were something like "I use two drops of a tincture of Bulgarian Horse Thistle applied to the crook of my elbow" or "Fugwort Juice and a Nettie Pot". The initial problem expressed by my friend on FB was "I've got this terrible allergy and my eyes itch so bad I can't even go … [Read more...]

TURNING A NICE MAN INTO A TYRANT

I'd been trying to call my wife every night while she was in Italy to see how things were going.  I know she was at a hotel called something like the Baglion or Falioni (great memory) so I'd wait until I was sure she'd be back from working which might be late sometimes. Apparently I had the wrong phone number, but I couldn’t tell because the guy answering the phone every night … [Read more...]

RUN REALLY HARD AND….WHAT?… COUGH UP WHAT?

At first I though it was strawberry jam on the towel in the morning after my shower.  What the....  Where did THAT come from?  Of course I had to fool with it some; yup, it was a little tiny hunk of jam.  Wait, no, did it come from me, because allergies (and sinus, and dry nose, and whatever) are working full-on as everything is blooming?  Whoa, there was a little blood.  This … [Read more...]

UNDERSTANDING HOARDING, WINDSURFER SAILS, AND RANDOM OBJECTS

Those are two windsurfer sails; I've got three more and they taught me about hoarding. I'm going to bore you with technical details: 4.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.3, and 7.2 square meters, with manufacturer names I love to say out loud to myself. You change sails every few knots or so and frantically rerig for the new wind. From the old days, and I don't think I'll ever use them again; if I … [Read more...]

INJURY: YOU’RE GOING TO RUN AROUND IT!

It's interesting; having an injury, I mean. You know how you forget the bad parts and downplay the ain't it horrible parts? That's so we usually don't get depressed about normal life stuff and end up thinking we live on a horrible planet. Mean old reality sneaked around the back way and nailed me though. Last season I was a pretty good triathlon age-grouper in the old-man … [Read more...]

RECOVERY IS LIKE BEING A KID AGAIN!

I'd never been unable to move before. It took me about 15 seconds to figure out I was effectively paralyzed when I tried to roll over. Quite a shock to someone who hadn't even been in a hospital before and who's all about not ever needing help. The Cloud of Stupid I apparently rode my bike through worked its magic so I could cleanly hit the asphalt and break off a perfectly … [Read more...]

So You Wanna Be a YouTubeHero?

How DO you make a video go viral?   Rarely is it just some crappy iphone vid of a dog eating a model airplane (or pizza).  Sometimes it's a really high-end video that's taken a lot of time and creativity (and $$).  More often it's something FUNNY and edited by someone really clever; this requires knowing from funny, being creative, and being a good editor. Funny.  What is … [Read more...]

REALLY, CONTENT IS KING

Now that large companies are relying so heavily on those who love the quirky attention span of those addicted to the i-device I've noticed a trend to just get the information out there without spending the time to create good content. … [Read more...]