“Will we get another dog when Elka dies?” Anna asked. “Probably” I answered. The kids have been worried about our boxer who turned 10 years old a few months ago. She’s slowed over the past couple of years. Her back legs become stiff, and she hobbles around the house trying to keep up with four … Continue reading Impromptu Piano Concert
I was well into my teens before I began considering what I might do one day as a profession. Every idea was in play except teacher because I’d seen what my father had gone through. His work days were long and irregular which limited the amount of time he could spend with us. The pay … Continue reading Playing It Safe
Luca stood on the left side of the court while I stood on the right. We’d been hitting tennis balls off a large cement wall together for an hour. I mentioned I was tired, but would finish hitting the last few balls until they flew out of bounds. Luca wasn’t worn out and began to … Continue reading Watch Me Play
Although we have DirecTV with dozens of movie channels and a subscription to Neftlix, I can’t walk by a Red Box kiosk without seeing what’s available. I should be able to find a movie to rent or stream at Netflix, but digesting the massive selection feels like drinking from a fire hose. With so many … Continue reading Calling RedBox Customer Service
“Don’t turn off the car”, I told my friend. I had to hear the song blasting through the radio. We’d just returned from the movie theater where we took in Batman. It was the summer of 1989 only a few months before thousands of East Germans would climb a wall and into the history books. … Continue reading Running To Stand Still
I dislike large groups. “The more the merrier” doesn’t ring true. It’s not that I don’t like the people in large group. Many can be close friends or relatives. But I don’t care for the social dynamics and structure that large groups dictate. Large groups are made up of smaller groups, and I nearly always … Continue reading Skip the Social
Earlier in my career I worked for a company that had, over a number of years, built a thriving service business. We took esoteric software and created demos that sales people used to sell their products. We kept the company lean and only hired when the client work exceeded our staff. We’d found our niche, … Continue reading What Do You Do Well?