One of the things we were told to prepare for when moving from Chicago to San Francisco was that we were going to develop allergies within three years, but that we’d adjust. We had doctors tell us that, friends tell us that, blogs tell us that… But we dismissed the warnings because we thought we […]
World War II vets fly free to Washington DC to see their war memorials thanks to Honor Flight. My OldOld Man is going on one.
In a few days, the #OldOld Man will be flying with many of his fellow World War II vets to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials from their war. They will be helped on the flight, have full medical staff available at all times, be driven around, and get three squares and a cot. The […]
“Back in the neighborhood / workin’ for the Savior”
For the last decade or so I have had two refuges: the OldOld Man’s family home in Southwest Florida & the pad up in Duneland belonging to one of my two childhood best friends, 5 minutes from Lake Michigan. Those refuges recharged me, refueled me, refocused me and kept me on the path to whatever […]
“All I want is love, sleep and good music.”
Another 13-hour work day in a line of 13-hour work days that won’t slow down for another year or two. WordPress setups, Joomla QC, copywriting teaching, project managing & another 1,800 words of writing and I barely dented the task list. That’s not even figuring that my task list is as thin as it is […]
How “Spanish Harlem” influenced productivity both for me and clients (thank you, Jerry & Phil)
It’s 12:30am. I’m going to be up before 7am to help get Bella out the door so she can be at the office early to begin preparations. As I start to drift off and dream about my work problems and, consequently, potential solutions, the images were accompanied by Aretha Franklin’s rendition of Ben. E. King’s […]
30-day challenge: 02/2013
La Problema: I’m a stat checker. I’ve always been that way as a sport’s fan but it got worse at Livemercial when checking analytics and rankings. I’m so afraid of being disconnected that on bad days I’ll check analytics, indexing and rankings 6 times an hour. It’s also usually a sign that my life is […]
[Open ‘Thank You’ Letter to] Ellie Goulding. Aragon Ballroom. Chicago, IL. January 29, 2013.
As I was finding my seat on the plane, my consultant was quickly rising to your defense before I shut the phone off. She told me how, “Your Song,” was the theme song to Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding and that Elton John gave the version his blessing. I told her that argument softened […]
What is the best blue cheese cheeseburger in Valpo? In #nwindiana? Anywhere?
So my banker, Kevin Gould, & I have been looking for a new adventure to start off 2013 – a cleanse the palate, clean the slate, turn the page, start the year off right sort-of-thing. We’ve also been looking for something that’d we’d both love to write about for almost a year. Then it happened […]
Write a letter to the reader of a novel you haven’t written yet
While holiday shopping at Urban Outfitters, Katie found a book titled 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She thought it would be a great idea if the two of us started going through this book, picking topics on which to write. Katie writes with pen and paper. I write with […]
“I think back to when my brother and my sister slept in an unlocked place…”
I’m test blogging on Bella’s iPad 3 late at night while my mother drives me & her back in my car from the north Chi ‘burbs. We just finished our second Thanksgiving dinner, this time with Bella and her family. Every day with her is such a blessing. A second thing truncated my conversation. While […]