Category Archives: Happy Thoughts

Not Your Average Jog in the Park

Somehow, the duct tape came off my broken blister during the run. See exposed skin near the little piggy--the one that went "wee wee wee" all the way home.

Call me adventurous.  Or wacky.  Or lacking of good judgment, if you ask my wife.  In any event, I am intrigued by novel approaches, newfangled solutions, and interesting diversions from the sometimes mundane aspects of life.  I learned to ride a unicycle a few years ago and have endured join-the-circus jokes ever since.  I once bought a book about powered parachutes (like an ultralight aircraft, except replace the wings with a parachute), convinced I would fly like a bird.  My latest recreation has been barefoot jogging.  Fast approaching the critical mass required for fad status, this activity is as simple as it sounds.  Ditch the shoes and hit the pavement just as you were born, except with shorts and a shirt (let’s not take this bare thing too far).  Having run a marathon in shoes, I am now convinced that running without them is like watching a movie in 7.1 channel surround sound on a 60-inch HDTV.  With shoes, it was like watching on one of those 13-inch, black-and-white boob tubes your grandma used to have on the kitchen counter.  Sure, I have suffered one minor injury, a blister that tore open, but I did what any reasonable person would do.  I put a piece of duct tape over the tender skin and ran another three miles this morning.

Fodder Fodder Everywhere! CONTRIBUTE!

What started out as an experiment–me blogging random musings on life at the urging of family, friends, and others–has turned out to be fun.  The posts are short, and they take me just a few minutes each to crank out.  The bigger challenge is choosing the best topics for the posts.  Sure, there is plenty of fodder out there to last a lifetime, but the best raw material comes from readers.  Just ask Scott Adams, the comic strip writer behind Dilbert, a strip that pokes fun at the business world.  His readers have kept him going everyday for years.  I am looking for topics that inspire us to think about the strange, ridiculous, wacky, frustrating, humorous, or wondrous aspects of everyday life.  Whereas rubbing shoulders with a celebrity might be considered a brush with fame, consider this your opportunity to have a brush with obscurity–some guy who nobody knows and probably never will.  In exchange for your contributions, I will give you a SHOUT OUT when I use the topic you submit so that everybody reading this blog will know you (first name and city/state only).  Please provide your city/state with your submissions, and thanks in advance!

Ideas may be submitted directly to me at

Heaven on earth? One week every April in Augusta, Georgia.

Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club

A non-golfer who has often said, “The more I played, the worse I got,” I still find an irresistible attraction to The Masters golf tournament every April.  What it is, I am not sure, but there is something divine about that place on earth for this week in April each year.  For one week, fans and players alike pay homage to the legends of golf, patrons on the course behave like honored guests, and the players show amazing sportsmanship, dignity, grace, and reverence for the opportunity to be part of history in the making.  The course is immaculate and beautiful, the birds sing as if they have been rehearsing together, and an amazing aura of magnificence, splendor, and majesty tantalize the senses of even those watching from their tiny little smart phones (do not miss the free Masters app on your iPhone).  Sure, there is the golf tournament, but for some reason, that seems to be only one instrument in this mystical orchestra of sights, sounds, smells, and emotions.  Like in Field of Dreams, it is not about the game, but rather following one’s instincts to take it all in for reasons we do not fully understand.

Hole in the plane? No problem. Southwest still the best.


Image via Wikipedia

Well, by now we all know about the gaping hole in the side of the plane.  I guess passengers could see daylight through the hole.  Scary, yes.  But enough to make you choose another airline?  Think again.  I am a Minneapolis-based flier who once garnered “Gold Elite” status on Northwest (ahem, NorthWORST) Airlines, and I decided years ago to make Southwest my first choice, even though they fly direct to only a few cities from Minneapolis.  The reasons are many.  First, Southwest has all but eliminated the class system whereby some passengers are greeted with a red carpet and others are treated as peasants who should be happy to get a seat.  On Southwest, everybody is treated with respect by employees who mysteriously seem to give a damn.  How refreshing!  And this is just the start.  How much for the luggage fees on the first and second checked bags?  Zero and zero.  How much to rebook this flight to another travel date?  Zero.  Other airlines, who all seem to have a penchant for government bailouts and bankruptcies, just don’t get it.  Passengers don’t like getting hosed.  Oh, and combining two bad airlines does NOT make one good airline.

Is this my calling?

I sure as hell hope so!  Like a lot of people, I have spent my life pursuing happiness and fulfillment in places near and far.  We have all heard a similar expression, “Find something you love to do, and BLAH BLAH BLAH.”  OK, so “BLAH” isn’t exactly how it goes, but the point is that we just need to find what we love, and the rest will take care of itself.  Well, I love to write, and I have heard friends, family, and colleagues tell me for years that I should blog.  OK, I am blogging!  THIS IS MY BLOG, OH LORD!  NOW SHOW ME THE WAY!  Maybe I am expecting too much too soon.  Anyway, I hope you will tune in regularly (or better yet, subscribe over on the right bar!), as the marketer in me thinks that you will help to make my dreams come true.