Breaking the new technology!

The little boy climbs one foot in front of the other up the ladder. He stops and looks out over the pool, his eyes look like saucers. Seeing the kids behind him, he takes the final three steps to the top of the diving board. On one hand, he’s scared to death. If he could climb... Continue Reading →

Getting a new laptop: Things that make you go ‘hmm’

I woke before my son and wife on a recent Saturday. The house was quiet, except for the hum of the refrigerator and a bird chirping outside. My morning quiet was soon broken by some rustling outside our front door. When I went to check, I saw that a delivery driver had dropped off a... Continue Reading →

Google before Google: An ode to the encyclopedia

When I was a kid, my parents purchased a set of encyclopedias. I don’t know if they purchased them from a door-to-door salesman, mail order or some other way. My memory is a bit foggy. All I know is that a large chunk of the alphabet showed up one day. I think a few of... Continue Reading →

An intervention for a modern-day dinosaur

I stepped back in time a couple of months ago. One minute I was listening to Ed Sheeran on Spotify in my car, the next minute I could have easily been listening to Huey Lewis and the News or Phil Collins blaring from some long ago boombox. In an instant, I was back in the... Continue Reading →

My new part-time job

I’m torn. I’m really torn.  A local convenience store where I live has set up several self-checkout lines. These self-scanners have become the norm in department stores and grocery stores, but it’s the first that I’ve seen them in a local convenience store.   Big business in today's world I’m sure it’s an attempt by the... Continue Reading →

Giving up on social media?

Social Media firms seem to attract controversy nowadays the way Elizabeth Taylor back in the day used to attract husbands or the Kardashian clan in the present day are magnetized to the paparazzi, meaning it’s a regular occurrence. One day it’s privacy issues, another it’s the harmful effects on teen mental health. Social media covers... Continue Reading →

The five-minute go-back-in-time button

I rubbed my eyes, wrote a quick comment, and hit send. I noticed my mistake immediately. I clicked on “Reply All” instead of replying directly to the sender. I cried out like I had been shot in the chest, frustrated and mad at myself for my error. My comment wasn’t horrible, but it contained a... Continue Reading →

Hell on Earth: People talking in public on their cell phone

If you're moving to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area and have children, the elementary schools are top rate, the middle schools so-so, and the high schools, well, just forget it, you may as well just keel over and die now, they're the absolute worst on the planet. I haven't set foot in the city in... Continue Reading →

I’m Back

After a five-week break, I'm back!!!! Look for new blogs here soon! I've missed posting and talking with readers, but the vacation from the twice-a-week posting routine and the chance to collect my thoughts was much needed. I've made some other changes to the blog and there will be more in the coming weeks. I... Continue Reading →

A different kind of background check

I had to fill out a background check for a new job last week and they asked all the normal questions, home address and employment history for the past seven years. The questions were exactly as you might expect, but I thought they missed a real chance to get know me better.  Yup, I think... Continue Reading →

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