Air Travel

Sucks. Yesterday I flew from Dallas to New York, possibly one of the busiest routes in the sky. Planes to New York are always crowded. I’m used to that. What I’m not used to is the chaos that greeted me when I arrived in New York. Because of weather yesterday, flights into LaGuardia were all ...

Loss

When we lose something precious, even something insignificant, perhaps especially something insignificant, we are humbled by the experience. Loss helps us realize that possessions are simply things we own. We go through life collecting these things, these trinkets, and they become the most important things in the world to us. Our first watch, the plastic ...

The Coen Brothers

If you know me, you know I’m a huge Coen fan. When I was in college working for a computer company, Barry Sonnenfeld sent us a computer for repair. I had to call and talk to him about what was wrong with it, and while I was on the phone, Joel Coen walked into his ...

Vote

Not only for Barack Obama, but also for the MoveOn.org Barack commercial competition.

My girl

My girl
I read the news today that Deena Kastor had won the US Women’s Olympic Marathon trials in Boston yesterday. Just like her amazing performance in the 2004 Olympics, she surged at mile 18 to close a nearly 2 minute gap and pass the into the lead at mile 23 1/2. This woman inspires me like ...

The Visit

The Visit
This is part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles on Broadway. The head of the world’s smallest country (area: 0.2 square miles) is visiting New York this weekend. The city is in a state of paralysis. This morning, 5th Avenue from 72nd to 42nd ...

Annoying ads

Annoying ads
In the last several days, during my daily trips to the gossip sites, I’ve been inundated with the annoying tag lines from this movie, about Tom and his girlfriends and Hannah, the one constant in his life. Until Hannah announces plans to marry another. The only way he can win the girl of his dreams ...

Back on the drawing board

I jumped back on the writing train tonight, after three weeks off for vacation and then illness. No excuse is a good excuse, I know. I’ve thought about this for the last three weeks, what I would write about, what I would say. I’m working on the last pages of the novel now, nervous about ...

American Idol

American Idol
After Jury Duty postponement, I was unsure what to do. I rode around downtown for a while, enjoying the cool air and sun on my face. I went to a bike shop and bought a new set of panniers (the old ones were crap, really, and one broke on my way downtown yesterday morning). But ...

Postponement

I’ve got a busy week at work, two meetings next week pertaining to our budget for the coming year, so I sat in the jury waiting room for 90 minutes watching that stupid video and debated whether to try to get a postponement or not. In the end, I decided to try for the postponement, ...