- My daughter got bitten by a snake last week. Until I heard the details I was worried. Days before, a friend of ours was bitten by a copperhead in his driveway.
- The Girl wasn’t bitten by a copperhead. The snake was, however, in our house.
- The Boy told me he loves me more than steak. I asked about bacon. He said, “Well, you have to understand that bacon is like my favorite food.”
- We’ve started spending Thanksgiving at the beach. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days anyway, but turkey and dressing taste better oceanfront at sunset.
- We drove to south Florida. It’s not a bad drive if you make it in the average estimated time. If you somehow miss the splitting of I-75 and the Florida Turnpike: game changer.
- Yes there was a GPS in use. When the split happened, we were on a stretch of highway with very, very bad cell phone reception. Our GPS lady temporarily stopped guiding us.
- We crossed Florida once, going from Jacksonville to the Tampa area. By the time we realized our mistake, we’d gotten back to Orlando. I’m sure central Florida is a lovely place. At night, with two tired kids and two even more tired parents, it just isn’t. Knowing your nine-hour trip will now take 12 prompts a quick search for the corkscrew. (Kidding. We waited.)
- If with every minute, your predicted travel time increases by 15 minutes, a slight panic is necessary. Maybe a little cussing, too. Earmuffs, kids. Next year, when we win the lottery, we’re flying. Our overstuffed carful of luggage will take its own plane.
- Last week, someone let their winning lotto ticket go to waste. It expired. Sixteen million dollars went unclaimed. In Tampa, Florida. The irony isn’t lost on me.
- I hear we’re having some of the coldest temps so far this year while we’re away from Augusta. As someone who detests cold weather, I’m not at all sad. I won’t brag about the temperatures in Florida. Let’s just say this: it’s warmer than 78 degrees.
- I don’t mean to offend, but Florida is different from the rest of the United States. There are hundreds of reasons, most of them obvious, but a blanket statement makes the point. It’s not bad, really, just different.
- We did see some 12-ish-year-old girls eating lunch in their itty bitty bikinis yesterday. They were in a restaurant. Florida or not, we would’ve suggested a T-shirt for The Girl. She’s welcome to make her own apparel decisions. If she decides to go to a restaurant in her underwear, she can eat in her bedroom. Her choice.
- Hanukkah is early this year, right? I read that the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Depending on the source (or your math skills), the next time this might be possible will be the year 2165. Chag Sameach!
- We don’t have any iDevices or electronics on Christmas lists this year. It’s not that our house is overrun by such things. For some reason, they simply didn’t make the cut. Don’t be too impressed. The Girl’s list includes a Sleep Number bed, a swimming pool and a Jeep Wrangler. Sixteen million dollars in unclaimed lotto winnings, sitting in Tampa.
- Although Facebook makes it seem season-specific, being thankful shouldn’t be. As Valentine’s Day reminds us to love and birthdays remind us to celebrate, Thanksgiving is a good post-it note. Give thanks. Eat, drink and be merry with your people. Cheers, y’all!
The race to a gigabit Internet is now officially underway. For the past couple of years, Google has been building gigabit services in selected cities. The system first went live in Kansas City in 2012, and it’s currently in development in Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. The conventional wisdom
I didn’t wake up this morning intending to write about the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Truth be told, I didn’t wake up this morning “intending” to write about anything; more often than not, if you haven’t noticed, this column tends to be made up of whatever hovers into my field of
Field trips are much more infrequent now than when I was a kid. From what I remember, we went on several per year. It was such a treat to eat a brown paper bag smooshed banana and peanut butter sandwich, and my mom always packed a canned Coke, wrapped in tinfoil, to keep cold. Plus, […]
Imagine if you went through your life constantly hearing how many people die while doing an activity. Not just any activity, but an activity that you love to do, that you are passionate about, that you look forward to doing every chance that you get. This is the life of a motorcycle rider. I
As much as I play at cosmopolitanism and encourage people to step outside their comfort zones, I admit I tend to play it pretty safe. At this point, after all, my weekly routine is fairly set, and is generally comprised of some combination of work, gym, beer, writing and sushi. We’re all, of
We got a puppy. Yes, he is very cute. He is also a handful. We might be crazy. Ever since Sam, or beloved Weimaraner, died a few years ago, we’ve been thinking about getting a dog. We don’t ever expect to replace him. He was our first. He’d get the newspaper from the bottom of […]
I think I’ve gotten to the age where we start to hate all the music that our kids are listening to. I remember, as a kid, my parents complaining about the “noise” that was my favorite music. I listened to all kinds of music and my parents had a different name for which kind of
Select a Location: Downtown West Augusta The Hill Martinez/Evans South Augusta Downtown 1102 1102 Broad St., Augusta 706-364-4075 Like the best mullets, this place is business in the front (the restaurant) and a party in the back (the bar). Great place to hang out, drink and people watch, and
If you’re reading this and don’t live in Augusta, I’m going to assume that you’re a golf fan. If you’re not a golf fan, you’re probably married to one. It’s not that there aren’t other reasons to come to town. It’s just that no one in their right mind would be here this week, braving […]
Something Old — On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially ends support for its venerable flagship operating system, Windows XP, and productivity package, Office 2003. To many, this software still defines desktop computing and provides a comforting and reliable platform to perform daily tasks. In
I’ve been thinking about music a lot lately. Music has always been very important to me. It’s one of the primary reasons that I chose radio broadcasting as my career. Now that I am what we in the radio community call “on the beach” (without a radio job), music means even
Most kids are a plethora of entertaining quotes. That would be a definite plus when you have three of them that work your nerves daily. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times one of them has made us angry, then immediately diffused the situation by saying something silly. The
My wife and I are in the middle of moving into a new apartment, about 10 miles and one city limit away. It’s in a small shopping center down the road a ways from Target, my favorite bottle shop and nearly equidistant from our respective workplaces. That same shopping center houses a pizza
If you’re reading this and don’t live in Augusta, welcome to golf week. That’s why you’re here, right? If the weather pans out according to the 10-day forecast, I’m sorry. You missed the perfect weather last week. If the weather people are wrong (and with a 50/50 chance, anything’s possible),
While it may be impossible to prove on paper, most local tournament pundits agree: had Tiger Wood’s Masters withdrawal announcement come a few weeks earlier, there is a good chance real money could have been sucked right out of our local economy. There is a shadow economy that exists off
Although spring seems to be dragging its feet, spring sports are forging ahead. New and future parents take note: Having three kids that want to play spring sports can be quite the challenge, especially when we parents work unusual schedules. For the average 9-5 American family, ushering two or
Truly, these combat sport-related columns can get to the point where they resemble a Russian nesting doll. By the time I’m done writing this — never mind by the time it gets posted and printed — there will have been two more fights with serious intellectual- and industry-related implications.
Many years ago, when The Boy was four, he went to Pre-K at a church as part of a Mother’s Day Out type program. We loved the program. I could walk my babies to school in our little red wagon. I’m all nostalgic just thinking about it. I can’t think of many things we didn’t […]
This week I thought that I was going to introduce an amazing overlooked piece of technology. I was so proud that I was able to weed it out from all the fluff — that my contribution for once was going to be compelling and relevant! I imagined all my devoted fans overwhelming Twitter with
I had a bad night since we last talked. One of those bad nights where you really just need to vent to someone. Not because you want someone to tell you you’re right or wrong, but just someone to listen. It was late. My pop was asleep; my big brother working. So I couldn’t call […]