On mental illness for Scott Hutchinson’s 40th birthday

“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking,Continue reading “On mental illness for Scott Hutchinson’s 40th birthday”

Man, it’s a hot one (extreme Rob Thomas voice)

Suppose I should address the elephant in the room and explain why it’s been months without a post except I really have no good explanation. Like all things in life, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We travelled all around the country for the better part of a monthContinue reading “Man, it’s a hot one (extreme Rob Thomas voice)”

Things I miss, an incomplete list

In most respects living in Mexico is not very different from living in the United States. This will disappoint many people, but the physical and cultural proximity to the US — much more pronounced in a resort town like Puerto Vallarta — means if you squint your eyes and don’t think about it much there’sContinue reading “Things I miss, an incomplete list”

Checking in after one month in Mexico

With a month living in Mexico now under our belts thought I’d just share some of the unique things we’ve found living south of the border.  Street dogs It’s pretty rare in the US to see a dog just walking around without an owner near it, but you’re apt to see several here any timeContinue reading “Checking in after one month in Mexico”

Reading Reaganland and the slow-motion death of America

I’ve been reading Reaganland, the latest volume in Rick Perlstein’s incredible series of books (Nixonland, The Invisible Bridge) that serve as not only a history of conservatism in the 1970s, but also as a pre-history of the modern conservative political movement.  If you’ve ever wondered how we got to a place where the Republican PartyContinue reading “Reading Reaganland and the slow-motion death of America”

Talk about your all-time backfires

In the 1996 cult classic Happy Gilmore our hockey-obsessed eponymous hero gets a date with the girl of his dreams, the PGA PR director Virginia Bennett portrayed by Julie Bowen and decides to take her on a romantic ice skating date. This is a very, very young Julie Bowen (above), presumably before she was defiledContinue reading “Talk about your all-time backfires”

¡Ay, it’s a pirate’s life for me!

It’s probably never wise to admit publicly to committing a crime, but there’s only like 10 or 15 people or so reading these posts and like old Red riding the bus down to Zihuatanejo to meet back up with Andy, it’s hard to imagine the US or Mexican government sending in the federales to dealContinue reading “¡Ay, it’s a pirate’s life for me!”

A trip along I-94 and Memory Lane

We visited Battle Creek for the first time in 16 months on Sunday, spent some time with my lifelong friend Chad, and said goodbye to my mother for awhile.  The drive back to metro Detroit was spent mostly in silence, accidentally giving me a chance to reflect on the drive between Detroit and Battle CreekContinue reading “A trip along I-94 and Memory Lane”