When I turned sixteen I couldn’t wait to find a job. Luckily, a friend of the family owned a carwash/gas station. My job consisted of sending cars through the automated wash and hand drying them as they exited. For my work, I was paid $3.35 or a dime more than minimum wage. I showed up … Continue reading Closing Time
As I stood off the deck to our home, I thought, “Is this where we should be raising our children?” It’s hard to believe we’ll have lived in Auburn five year come September. I figured we’d last three and move on. Because that’s what we’ve done in the past. Maybe head north towards Seattle or … Continue reading Thoughts from the Deck
A late afternoon rainstorm made for a sluggish commute home from work a few days ago. As I pulled up the street to our home, I flicked the button to the garage door opener. I couldn’t wait to set down my briefcase and relax on the couch. But as I stepped foot inside the house … Continue reading Pancakes for Dinner
I bought a pack of gum from the vending machine at work yesterday. As I reached my hand through the small trap door, I was careful not to scratch my watch. Then I realized I wasn’t wearing a watch. And I haven’t worn one for about three years. I began wearing a Swatch watch my … Continue reading Stop Watch
I sat through a meeting this morning where all but two attendees brought laptops. I brought my iPhone and one person brought a pad of paper. Although the meeting didn’t require my participation, I tried to keep my phone overturned on the table. I put my hands on the table and looked around the room … Continue reading Do I Have Your Attention?
Sunday afternoon. It’s my favorite time of the week. It means we’ve survived the previous three hours of church with kids. Honestly, I don’t know why we do it when much of our time is spent in the foyer. I guess it’s a tradition. My parents had to retreat to the foyer when I was … Continue reading Hijacking My Computer Chair
There was a time when my most important decision of the day was whether I’d play pinball or pool after class. I made very little money and spent even less. Every important decision was somewhere out there in the future. I had plenty to time to figure things out. I don’t know when the future … Continue reading Pinball or Pool