5 things I’ve been pondering lately

Whether I'm washing dishes, walking the dog or showering, my mind never stops, for better or worse. Here's five things that have popped into my mind lately: • It's summertime, and my mornings are often punctuated with the sound of power equipment manicuring surrounding lawns and vegetation. It's hotter than the hinges of hell here,… Continue reading 5 things I’ve been pondering lately


My stamp collection is worth …

... Firstly, I suppose it's not technically my collection; I inherited it from my grandfather who died when I was a toddler. I can sort of remember meeting him in his last stages of dementia, and he somehow knew who I was, too, according to my mom. I've always felt his presence. I know he… Continue reading My stamp collection is worth …

Things I’d rather do than watch the World Cup

The World Cup—which is sort of like the Olympics of soccer, I gather (?)—is taking place right now until July 15, according to ESPN, and I couldn't be more bored, even if I were driving through West Texas, which can be about as flat as Napoleon Dynamite's monotone voice. To me, watching soccer is about… Continue reading Things I’d rather do than watch the World Cup

5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’

I've lived in Texas for 11(!) years now, and it's been a great experience. I knew in my heart, even as a little boy, that if I wasn't living in my beloved Dayton, Ohio, I'd be in Texas. I even dated someone when I was in my mid-20s who told me I didn't have what… Continue reading 5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’

No girls allowed on one Austin country radio station

This post was updated Sept. 21 to include rankings from Rolling Stone and Billboard rankings of country albums in 2016. Though I am mainly a classic rock fan, I enjoy country music, too. And I can sum up a sizeable chunk of country radio airplay here in Austin in one sentiment, it seems: Bro to… Continue reading No girls allowed on one Austin country radio station

Best day of the week? My answer might shock you

Many of you might say Friday is the best day of the week because it means, if you work Monday through Friday, that it's the last day of your work week before the weekend. And assuming you do work Monday through Friday, even more of you might prefer Saturday or Sunday, I bet, because it… Continue reading Best day of the week? My answer might shock you

5 TV shows that should be revived/continued

If old TV shows, such as "Full House," "Beavis and Butthead" and "Will and Grace" can be revived or updated, why not other favorites? Here's five I want to see returned to the airwaves: 1. "The Dukes of Hazzard"—but only if the car is tweaked a little. "The Dukes of Hazzard" was absolutely my favorite… Continue reading 5 TV shows that should be revived/continued

5 things in life that are overrated

After a few decades of analysis, I've determined the following are not worth the hype they receive: ◊ Travel—I don't like spending money, not being at work, or being away from home and out of my routine. Especially if I can't take my dog with me. Yes, there's a big world out there to explore,… Continue reading 5 things in life that are overrated

In preserving the superhero genre, women will save the day

In 2015 director Steven Spielberg said something that has stuck with me: "... There will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns." Westerns, which I enjoy, were mainly popular in… Continue reading In preserving the superhero genre, women will save the day