Throwing ashes

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

December 17, 2010

I had a nervous breakdown the other night. Not a bad nervous breakdown, oh no. It wasn’t one of those shrieking, straitjackety, “Don’t tase me ‘bro!” meltdowns, nothing like that. Just blew a mental gasket and it had me frazzled for a couple of hours. The evening started innocuously enough–I picked up my brother- and…
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One Week In

July 9, 2010

Every morning in Vegas I’ve woken up at 7AM, it hasn’t mattered if I went to bed before midnight or at 3AM. Today I rolled out of bed, performed the tasks necessary to move about in society, and walked into the Amazon Room around nine. There was one other person there, a security guard all…
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Missing the Big Jump

May 24, 2010

The eighth episode of Band of Brothers is titled “The Last Patrol”. It’s narrated by David Webster, a private who went through basic training at Toccoa, jumped with Easy Company on D-Day, jumped again during Operation Market Garden, and was wounded in fighting outside Arnhem. He was in England recuperating during the Battle of the…
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Goin’ to the Grubers and I’m/Gonna Get Married…

May 6, 2010

Not a lot of time so: Last Thursday we got the OK to close on our house, and we did so on Friday. We thought it wouldn’t be until the end of May when we closed. 48 hours later we had the house. Lindsay’s mom has been fighting cancer and on Sunday we got the…
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The Roethlisberger Conundrum

April 16, 2010

When I was in G-Vegas for the Mastodon Weekend we were sitting at the bar (natch) and ESPN had brief segment about the NFL Draft. There was talk about where Jimmy Clausen would go, if perhaps the Redskins would reach for him at #4. I turned to BG and said, “This is why having your…
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Catchup

April 6, 2010

I really, really need to start posting again. I tell myself this just about every day. And yet. Anyway, maybe if I break the ice here I’ll get back in the swing of things. A quick update: So the wedding date is set and the bid on the house has been accepted. The underwriters are…
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Yeah, I’m Still Alive

February 15, 2010

It occurs to me that I haven’t posted anything since, uh, 2009. That’s effed up. So let me briefly recap the last six weeks. I: turned 41 got engaged set my wedding date put a bid on a house Other than those life-altering events it’s been pretty slow. Picked up some additional writing work and…
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Lindsey and me

Halfway Home

December 31, 2009

Twelve hours remain of 2009–let’s see if I finish this post before the ball drops. Argentina was a good time, hanging with Pauly and Change and Otis and Joe Giron and Jonathan Boncek. While perhaps my proudest moment of the year came in Argentina–successfully getting from Pittsburgh to Mar del Plata all by myself–one of…
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The Beginning of the End

December 31, 2009

It’s been New Year’s Eve for ten minutes now and if I’m gonna write a year-in-review post I’d better get cracking, as the year (and the decade) are tick-tick-ticking away. I’d like to do one of those tidy recaps where I post links to all the stuff I wrote the last twelve months, but to…
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Triumph of the Will

December 8, 2009

Today’s the sixth anniversary of this here blog. The one I don’t write in as much as I should–working on it. Seems a lot longer than six years, to be honest. I remember clattering away during my lunch breaks three jobs ago, writing about my low-limit poker play and troubles with haircuts (might get one…
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