Nothing Ever Changes Except Everything

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about running into my former neighbors. I hadn't seen this couple in a few years, and though we chatted only briefly, it was long enough for me to learn that virtually nothing had changed in their lives. They still live in the same house, on the same street, … Continue reading Nothing Ever Changes Except Everything

My Car’s as Old as Woody Allen

A few days ago, the "check engine" light came on in my car. Most people dread when this happens. Me? I'm secretly delighted. Don't get me wrong. I love my car, and don't want anything to be wrong with it. But it's also 11 years old now, which is like 77 in people years. Right? Isn't that … Continue reading My Car’s as Old as Woody Allen

Not The Regular Grind

I learned a few lessons after last week's post on gun control. Namely, hot-button issues garner a lot of attention, regardless of your stance. And the more passionate people are about a topic, the more discourse you're going to receive. I rarely stray from the humorous slice-of-daily-life stuff, but maybe I should do so more … Continue reading Not The Regular Grind

On Guns and Lies

Sometimes it astonishes me how blindly people will accept something as the truth, no matter how ridiculous it appears on the surface. I don't mean to single out any particular group, but conservatives seem especially guilty of doing this. They are letting pure emotion override rationality, and it's awfully disturbing, especially when the truth is … Continue reading On Guns and Lies

I’m Dying from 2 Rare Diseases

A while back, I mentioned how writing medical articles on a daily basis was making me pretty knowledgeable in terms of illnesses and diseases. I joked that I felt like I was just a stethoscope away from being a bona fide doctor. It's true. In the past week several friends on Facebook posted about sick … Continue reading I’m Dying from 2 Rare Diseases

Ooga Chaka Ooga Ooga

Remember that song from the 70s, "Hooked On A Feeling"? It was a cover of a late 60s tune by B.J. Thomas. The group that recorded it, Blue Swede, added an annoyingly catchy "ooga chaka" chant, and the song reached #1 in 1974. In case you don't remember it: Cheesy as hell, right? And yet … Continue reading Ooga Chaka Ooga Ooga

Alex v. Spuds, and a Cheesy Confession

I broke my own self-imposed rule and let five days elapse without updating my blog. Oh, the shame. The truth is, my spinoff blog - Eat My Words - is taking up a lot of time. It's an ambitious project to begin with, and requires daily posts and Facebook updates. I'll admit, a few times … Continue reading Alex v. Spuds, and a Cheesy Confession

Magic Beans Part Deux

Last year, I learned that eating a bowl of black eyed peas on New Year's Day is supposed to bring good luck. I was dubious over this claim, but within days had a $47,000 hospital bill wiped out. My balance due? Zero. That was the start of a good luck train that chugged along the … Continue reading Magic Beans Part Deux