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 …

L’appel du Vide

The French are good at two things: Eating snails and making up words that we don’t have in English. Seigneur-terraces is their word for people who sit at coffee shops and take up tables for hours without spending any money.  When I waited tables, we used to call them, “Those dumb sonsofbitches over there that have been sitting there making …

The Burden of Proof

You probably know by now that I have basically eschewed politics, given the finger to both sides, and hunkered down as a spectator to what I think has become the XFL of global politics. What that allows me is the freedom to watch it without having a team, the same way I watch the NFL after about the third week …