Tweak

Tweak is my dude. He was the second fish I got after I got after the monster, Black Tooth Grin. Tweak is an electric yellow cichlid. Black Tooth is an aggressive orange some-kind-of-African-cichlid-or-another, and easily five times Tweak’s size. They are the tank’s two main inhabitants, with a revolving door of a supporting cast. The suckerfish role alone has been …

What Goes into the Forge

I’m a bit of a nerd. We’ve covered that, right?  Among a pile of distractions that I’m not super proud of, I have a thing for this History Channel show called Forged in Fire. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a competition reality show, and each week a different cast of rednecks, kids who’ve never left their parents’ basements, and …

I Just Like Dixie

“Can I go get it?” I ask as soon as she throws it. “It” is just a flashlight tossed into the intake of an F-18 Super Hornet. “She” is the super-hot flight engineer for the Canadian Air Force.  Yes, I know, it sounds shallow. But she has been explaining the inner workings of a 70 million dollar fighter jet, and …

From Trier

Purple, green, and yellow lights sparkle in reflection on the rain-soaked cobblestone. We arrive in a group, but a sudden downpour sends everyone scattering. Everyone but me, of course, so despite the diminutive heart the oldest city in Germany, I quickly find myself alone in Trier. It is a beautiful city to explore. Across from the Cathedral of Trier, men …

The Cost of Things

I don’t remember who said it, but it has stuck with me long enough that I should probably credit them. The gist is this though: To live an extraordinary life, you have to be willing to give up some of the things that come with an ordinary one. In the last two weeks, I’ve done some pretty rad stuff.  I …

Fail Big

I don’t know how many times I’ve begun this post and deleted it in the past few days.  My fingers keep typing justifications. I want to explain the hows and whys. The bottom line though, is that I’ve taken some professional and personal lumps the last few months. Nothing debilitating or life threatening or drastic.  Just a few turns that …