Now that it's summer, meaning the kids are done with school this year, that brings a whole new level of schlepping kids here and there for the next couple of months. Day camp on weekdays, swimming on weeknights, and soccer one weekend morning, repeat. What that means for me, in addition to making my brain melt in terms of logistics, is that I have a bunch of trapped free time. I remember a book I read a few years ago - ETA okay, fine, I googled it and this is it - that talked about how little … [Read more...] about Trapped free time
Years ago, My Better Half co-authored a book with his dad and his dad recently asked him about this year's royalties statement and he realized that he hadn't gotten one. In fact, after going back through the files, he discovered he hasn't gotten one since 2006. So he contacted the publisher, and after looking into it, they noticed a tiny little problem. They thought he was dead. Dead. This was news to us. I figure one of three things happened. 1) The publisher is wrong. 2) Maybe he did die … [Read more...] about Undead
I listened to a fascinating interview today with sociologist Eric Klinenberg, who has written a book about being single, and how the way that society thinks about single life has changed dramatically over the past century. What I found most interesting though is that, as an aside, really, he talked about his own personal life - that he is married with small children and living in New York City - and, when asked if he spent a lot of time alone, his response was "when you live in New York City, … [Read more...] about Alone. Together.
My friend Doug once famously said, "I'm over trying to be cool anymore. I'm too old. I just don't have time for it. It's fucking exhausting." It's funny because it's true. Especially when it comes to music. I happen to live in a really kick-ass part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. My 'hood has the best independent bookstore in the valley, great restaurants, and one of the remaining independent music stores. Wait. What was that last one? Did you just hear the needle scratch sound effect … [Read more...] about Too Cool for Cool Tunes
I belong to an audiobook club, where I get one download a month, and I couldn't find anything to use my latest credit on...until I read the following review for Stephen Colbert's I Am America (and So Can You!). "Now, I have to admit that I was a fan of his TV show, but it soon became apparent after listening to this book that it is not much more than a 3 hour homophobic diatribe. He starts out by saying that "baby carrots are trying to turn me gay" which, I also admit, caused me to chuckle a … [Read more...] about Decision Made