Shop Class Helped me earn my mettle*

In the high school of the ‘80s, masters of the quick and deadly retort reigned supreme, and I liked to fancy I held my own with the sharpest wits among them.  It just took one class working with tools and sharp objects, however, for me to learn that I was not the sharpest tool in … Continue reading Shop Class Helped me earn my mettle*


The fleeting joy of athletic prowess*

So there we were. Standing in the proverbial arena like gladiators of old.  The soft click of the reinforced plexiglass door behind us served as a solid reminder that our fates were sealed and we would only emerge from our confinement after glorious victory or ignominious defeat. Barely out of high school, we quickly sized … Continue reading The fleeting joy of athletic prowess*

Electronic Battleship – Some Assembly Required

Few phrases have stricken so much sorrow in the hearts of children on Christmas morning as those three evil words : “Some assembly required.”  For me, the agony of waiting for Pop to assemble that beloved Christmas gift felt like extended dental work without anesthesia. My introduction to the phrase cam in the form of … Continue reading Electronic Battleship – Some Assembly Required

15,000 Visitors!

Well, friends, it happened.  Another milestone for the meager blog of a mediocre writer trying to pretend he is otherwise.  I think I actually owe much of the recent success to Jacob's additions to the blog which have become unusually popular - especially during school hours and even more so when Jacob has his computer … Continue reading 15,000 Visitors!

The Spartans*

True to form, my old college roommate has always recruited me to participate in shenanigans that I would otherwise remain oblivious to. There's the helicopter ride, which stunk profusely because I'm afraid of heights.  Then the bungee jump, which also stunk because… uhm, I'm afraid of heights. After several years, I began to realize that … Continue reading The Spartans*