No Second Chances

“Do you want to play pool? Just you and me.” “Sure”, replied Luca, trying to play it cool. Two of her siblings usually tag along when we play, but not today. I wanted to listen to Luca tell me about orchestra and history and student council without distractions. Of course there’s no guarantee she’ll share any details with me because she’s 13 … [Read more...]

May the Search Set You Free

Our garage door was acting up today. I know very little about them, but I know how to Google for answers. This lead me to a YouTube video of a man discussing a few popular problems, including how to recalibrate the door sensors. I followed his instructions, and had the door working within 10 minutes. When I blew a main fuse on our Honda Odyssey, a Google search took me to forum where a Honda … [Read more...]

Everything Else Is Secondary

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Earbuds

I’ve lost count of the number of earbuds I’ve purchased over the years. I’ve purchased numerous models from Sony, Sennheiser, and Panasonic. Everyone knows the white earbuds that Apple includes with every iPod and iPhone don’t sound very good.  I found a number of earbuds that sounded fine, but they wouldn’t stay in my ears. That was the case with the Sennheiser earbuds I purchased two years ago. … [Read more...]

Things To Be Happy About

My posts lately have been a little heavy. Life has been good, but transitions are seldom as simple as planned. But so many good things have happened lately that I wanted to write about that. As I write this, Kim is on the couch with at least three kids getting her butt kicked in Halo. That alone is enough to make me happy. But here are few more reasons. 1. We found a home in Santa Clara that we … [Read more...]


I glanced at my son as he drew his pool stick across the table to line up a shot. His eyed darted back and forth. All he had to do was knock in the 8 ball to win the game. But the game didn’t matter. What mattered was the ten bucks I had promised to the first kid who could beat me. I’m not a skilled player, but I’ve played enough over the years to not embarrass myself. Watching Lincoln … [Read more...]

Bed Frame

Amazon delivered two boxes. After a week spent packing and moving into a new home I wanted nothing to do them because inside were bed frames for Luca and Anna. I didn’t possess the mental capacity to assemble anything with dozens of small parts. But the girls were excited. So I pushed one box toward their room and began putting pieces together. After a few minutes, Luca joined me. She … [Read more...]

The Best Days

I watched Beavis and Butthead with my sons.  I know, my kids are too young to be watching Beavis and Butthead, but I couldn’t resist watching the episode where the boys try to get a bag of sour cream and salsa pork rinds from the vending machine, but the bag gets stuck and Butthead calls Beavis a “fart-knocker” and it goes downhill from there. It’s up there with the one where Beavis … [Read more...]