I’m Neither The Grinch or Santa Claus

Christmas may occur on the same day every year, but every year it hits me differently. Especially, every year since 1997 when she passed away from cancer a week before Christmas. For our small, middle class family of four, she WAS the embodiment of Christmas. She loved everything about Christmas! I hate to be anContinue reading “I’m Neither The Grinch or Santa Claus”

Who’s Room Is It Anyways?

Christmas Day is fast approaching. Some folks celebrate it in Hawaii for that warmer climate than the Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived here my entire life, so I can’t blame them. Speaking of Hawaii, a long time ago, I was married. My wife loved to travel, and relished in the fact I worked as a travelContinue reading “Who’s Room Is It Anyways?”

My Most Memorable Slice of Humble Pie

I don’t remember my first slice of humble pie, but I definitely can recall my most memorable one … In 2011, I was still working for Costco Travel. As the Inventory Control Specialist for the Caribbean Buying Team, one of our responsibilities was to accompany other Travel team members on familiarization trips to Caribbean islands.Continue reading “My Most Memorable Slice of Humble Pie”

Blank Slate: Tabula Rasa Day

I remember November 30th, 2008 like it was yesterday. It was just another Manic Monday for most Americans, but not for me. Honestly, I didn’t think I would remember it so vividly after many years. But I do, and I’m gonna tell ya about starting over with a blank slate… My sister and myself were inContinue reading “Blank Slate: Tabula Rasa Day”

Carcolepsy: My Origin Story

Being a dyed-in-wool, tried and true, American, I love a road trip any time to anywhere. Unfortunately, if I’m the passenger long enough I crash out almost immediately. Urban Dictionary calls it carcolepsy. Even when one post I found claimed the following – Carcolepsy: The Science Behind Why People Instantly Pass Out In The Car IContinue reading “Carcolepsy: My Origin Story”

Home Sweet Home

After the recent series of rain and windstorms that ravaged the Pacific Northwest from Canada down to Oregon, I was reminded of the raw power of Mother Nature. The following is the 15th time I’ve posted this journal entry. It’s my first-hand experience surviving a sudden ice storm that paralyzed the Seattle area for oneContinue reading “Home Sweet Home”

You Make Me Sick

Day 679 since COVID-19 pandemic was known. I generally smirked when I heard folks say, “I’ll be glad when this is over” in May 2020. I knew immediately that the virus [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)] that causes the #COVID19 disease was a permanent fixture of the human experience. It wasn’t gonna simply “goContinue reading “You Make Me Sick”

What’s That Tat?

I have one tattoo. I only have one tattoo because I vowed that if I ever get ink, that I wanted it to symbolize something that deeply resonated with me. The backstory for my tattoo is rich with detail but it does take some explaining. So when someone asks me what does, Keep Digging, meanContinue reading “What’s That Tat?”

Always Be Proud

Ever heard of the expression, “be loud and proud“? Well this applies to every aspect of the phrase including your heredity. There was a moment I wasn’t … Ever since then, I’ve learned to always be proud of who you are, no matter. In the summer of 1994, I was enjoying being a high schoolContinue reading “Always Be Proud”

Which Papa Again?

Recently, my friend asked me to order Papa Murphy’s pizza to be prepared for pick up with the words: Don’t confuse it with Papa John’s! July 14, 2016 – I blame the Sounders for this fine mess. In the end, I’ll accept responsibility, but hear me out first! It’s no secret that the Sounders seasonContinue reading “Which Papa Again?”