Flag Football

Flags are symbols. Symbols take whatever meaning you give them. Don’t tell me what the flag means, I have four of them hanging in my living room, flown over missions in Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I know what it represents to me and how I feel about it, and no conversation here or elsewhere, no action by anyone, can change …

Dear Applebee’s

Dear Applebee’s Grill & Bar, I went against my better judgement, but because my car is somewhat suicidal at the moment (it had a rough youth, and those things manifest as acting out later), and you had a location in walking distance of my hotel, I figured I would fly against the winds of wisdom and give your menu a …

GIANT KILLERS

I’ve only been to jury duty once, I think. It was probably twenty years ago. I’ve never been back because they mail you a jury summons and I haven’t done anything other than dump my mailbox into the trash for the last I-don’t-know-how-long.  I honestly don’t get anything but junk, so I just stopped checking it. Side note: if you’re …

STAGE FRIGHT

There are usually only two types of conversations that happen after I get off stage. Most people just give you a typical, “Good show” as they pass. You shake hands, sell a few books, and let that human stream trickle onward. Usually when there are stragglers, they’ve only straggled to tell you a joke of their own. It’s always badly …

Which Side Are You On?

I was texting with a friend of mine yesterday about the insanity of our information pipeline.  She was trying to remember the psychological term for some thing or another. I honestly can’t remember exactly what we were talking about, but it was akin to Survivor’s Guilt, but in the context of feeling an obligation to take advantage of the resources …

Step Off the Train

People believe different things. They believe those things because they are selfish. It’s okay, you are too. We all are, in basically every decision we make. And we disagree because we want different things. There are people fighting to gain what should be basic human rights. There are people fighting to keep rights they believe they already have. People plant …