Punkin Knows Things

This exchange contains all you need to know about what kind of dad I am. Me: “Did you know the Halloween Jack is a real cool cat?” Punkin: “Yes.” Me: “Where does he live?” Punkin: “On top of Manhattan Chase!” Me: “Did you know the elevator was broke?” Punkin: “That’s why he slides down a […]

Calling Dr Benway

I had my overnight bag from our trip to visit grampa. My pain medicine and anti-inflammatory pills for my ankle were in that bag. Taking them out the lid popped off. I found myself digging for pills in my dirty underwear. It was just like being in Trainspotting, or maybe some junkie character in a […]

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No Sleep

This shirt was literally true. Also on:Facebook Tumblr Twitter


Counter Response

Me: “I’d like a medium icee.” Counter guy: “We don’t have medium, only small and large.” Me:”… Uhm, ok…” Also on:Facebook Tumblr Twitter


More Work Glamour

Here is a picture of what it is like to work as a remote consultant. I’m watching the company All Hands Meeting while I am making myself lunch. It’s a living, a good one and pretty fun. Also on:Facebook Tumblr Twitter

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Lunch, Eat to Live Style

For those curious about what it is like on the Eat to Live plan, this is my typical lunch. I can’t actually eat the whole thing, it usually takes two sittings to consume all that and sometimes three. It is spinach, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, avocados, carrots, mushrooms, raw sunflowers seeds, a sprinkling of […]


Easter Exchange

While helping Punkin with the walkie-talkies that the Easter bunny brought her: Punkin: “Thanks for that, doodle-oo!” Me: “What did you call me?” Punkin: “Doodle-oo. It means ‘coolest dad in the world’.” Me: “Oh, ok then.” Also on:Facebook Tumblr Twitter


Dream Job Part 17

Working until midnight? Check. On a thing that isn’t even really mine, just helping a coworker improve her examples in a course? Check. And conscripting a third coworker for a few hours of that to solve a technical hurdle I couldn’t get past? Check. As Paulie Walnuts said in The Sopranos, “Welcome to the NFL.” […]

Scene from an Airport Bar

From the Phoenix airport : Server: “Do you want another beer?” Me: “I think one more might mean I’m too drunk to fly.” Server: “You’re not flying the plane.” Me: “I think that is a winning argument.” Also on:Facebook Twitter


Punkin Generosity

Punkin’s school is raising money for the March of Dimes. This morning before we left, she wanted to raid her piggy bank to fill a ziplock bag with money for the cause. Me: “Are you sure you want to put that much in there?” Punkin, very serious: “Yes daddy. We’ve GOT to help the babies!” […]

Day Job Moment

Talking to my boss about my first quarter on the team: Me: “I always feel like I’m not getting enough done and the things I do I’m not doing fast enough. Then I think about the team and wonder how people would be getting by if I wasn’t here.” Boss: “Yeah, welcome to my life!” […]

Dream Job Part 4

Oh yeah! Meeting people at the SNUG! Also on:Facebook Twitter


We Are Fine

Just to let people from around the country and the world know, we are fine. Our area had some places that were hit hard but our immediate neighborhood and our house were never in any danger. Within a half a mile or so there were some road closures as creeks overflowed onto roadways but it […]

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More Punkin Comedy

This exchange happened during bath time: Me: “Are you being a clown?” Punkin: “If I’m being a clown, then you can’t frown!” Me: “Now are you seussing me?” Punkin: “If I’m seussing you, I’m goosing you!” Also on:Facebook Twitter


My weight loss is much slower since getting off the strict plan, but still happening. I was 173.5 lbs this morning, finally getting me under the psychologically important 175 pound tier. I am now ten pounds lighter than the day I started college in 1985 and I hope to keep going more. We’ll see where […]


One More Thing

I don’t know if I made it clear, the important thing about the training course I taught last week is that it gated my internal transfer. With it done, I’m now at work as a developer evangelist/solution architect. My new boss and I worked out a list of my goals for Q4 yesterday. When it […]

Final Tally

I spent five days in San Diego at the main office, preparing for and then conducting our training session. Basically, as my partner and I move on to other roles in the company, we trained up a squad of consultants and partners to do the work he had been doing. The training was well received, […]

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Shady Character

Would you buy training from this man? Also on:Facebook Twitter


Class Day Two

Gearing up for day two of the course. Funny thing, it gets real easy for me now. Most of the talking is done. From here out, they mostly work labs. The are designed to be challenging, so there will be a lot of interaction, but the solid multi-hour blocks of me with Powerpoint are over. […]


Punkin Dinner Plans

Q: “What are we going to do when we get to Outer Limits (country buffet place)? Punkin: “Eat fatback until we get back fat!” Also on:Facebook Twitter

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