I’d rather go to Paris, Texas, than Paris, France, anyway

There's a commercial from the folks at Signet Jewelers that has been making its rounds lately, and it features a young couple—the woman is blindfolded and wearing a necklace from what I assume is Signet's Interwoven jewelry line—throwing a dart at a map to decide where to go on a trip. The dart lands on… Continue reading I’d rather go to Paris, Texas, than Paris, France, anyway

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Bummed about Harvey? Give blood—then keep giving it

A few Saturdays a year, I'll drive to Round Rock to donate platelets—or cells in the blood that attach themselves to damaged blood vessels, causing clotting—and plasma, the liquid part of our blood that serves many functions, including carrying vital minerals throughout the bloodstream. Still awake? Good. Usually there's more medical professionals volunteering at the… Continue reading Bummed about Harvey? Give blood—then keep giving it

5 reasons why Hurricane Harvey shouldn’t mess with Texas

Hurricane Harvey is inching toward Texas as I type this, and yes: We ought to make sure our most vulnerable Texans are safe from the storm; let's make sure our animals and pets are sheltered; and let's ensure we secure our living spaces to withstand the wind and the rain. Precautions aside, I'm giving Harvey… Continue reading 5 reasons why Hurricane Harvey shouldn’t mess with Texas

Random hurricane knowledge

As Hurricane Harvey churns in the Gulf of Mexico and heads toward Texas, here's some random stuff I learned about hurricanes. In a section of its website hilariously titled "Can I have a tropical cyclone named for me?" the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some interesting tidbits about the names for hurricanes. The website… Continue reading Random hurricane knowledge

Am I shy or snobby? I don’t know my neighbors

As a child, there was perhaps no greater validation of my existence than hearing the doorbell ring and knowing it was one of the neighborhood kids seeing if I was available to hang out. I don't have any siblings, so I think the effort on someone else's behalf to seek me out was a nice… Continue reading Am I shy or snobby? I don’t know my neighbors

10 Texas vacation observations

I took a day off from work recently to spend time with my wife over a long weekend. We went to a local resort on the edge of town—we didn't go very far away—to try to save money. Key word: try. My mind never shuts off, for better or worse, so here's some things I… Continue reading 10 Texas vacation observations