The Path of Least Resistance

I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I … [Read more...]

Haircuts

A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters … [Read more...]

Tactile Joy

From Scott Adams review of the iPhone 6 My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection. Simply touching the product or its associated packaging is a tactile joy. A textbook example of … [Read more...]

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...]