Monthly Archives: October 2010

Costumes, Sporting Events, and That Guy

When I saw Tom Petty last Summer, I wore a tour t-shirt from a previous tour. A friend of mine laughed at me:  “Oh my God! You were totally ‘That Guy.’” “What guy?” “The guy who wears a tour t-shirt to concert.” I later ascertained that he stole that bit of wisdom from Jeremy Piven […]

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Me and Stan Freberg

“The story of Little Blue Riding Hood is true. Only the color has been changed to prevent an investigation.” -Stan Freberg (1953) They say that you should never meet your heroes. That’s probably because they would never live up to your expectations. Thankfully, that doesn’t pertain to portraying your heroes…at least in my case. I […]

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97% Of You Won’t Read This

However, I wish you would. The preceding title is intended to be provocative; it is intended to stir you to action. It is also phrase that is often seen in Facebook status updates as in: “God has provided this glorious day. 97% of you will NOT repost this.”  While I’m encouraged by the first sentence, […]

You Gotta Have Faith

So I was watching CNN this morning, and they did a segment on Faith Healing because, as you know, CNN is the world-wide leader in news. In short, this gospel singer from Buffalo, New York (who looks strangely like Hoda Kotb from the Today Show) had been in a wheelchair for 25 years, until, one […]

The Drunken WHAAA?

Yesterday, my wife and I and the rest of her family and in-laws drove to Fox Lake, Wisconsin to get family portraits taken. If you’re wondering where Fox Lake, Wisconsin is, I drove there, and I still don’t know. After trying to smile naturally for 30 minutes and at least managing a toothy grimace, the family went […]

Happy Columbus Day!

I’m a huge advocate of celebrating holidays in the spirit in which they were intended. Here’s how I celebrate Columbus Day: I wander over to a neighbor’s house, tell him I’m lost, give him some blankets infected with small pox, offer to buy his house with a handful of driveway gravel, and, send him out […]

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Farm Aid and the Entitlement Culture

The 25th Anniversary Farm Aid concert was one that I was really looking forward to. I grew up on a farm in Indiana and, before that, my parents had a small hippie farm consisting of a garden and a chicken coop. Each morning, it was my job to collect the eggs that would be eaten […]