My New Children’s Book

I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »

Paranoia

This week, WikiLeaks released a cluster of documents relating to the CIA and their methods of operation. The news media was especially enamored by the electronic eavesdropping portion of the documents. Not to get off track here, but this is how we know the Obama administration didn’t spy on Donald Trump – no one in… Read more »

Who was D.B. Cooper?

One afternoon a day before Thanksgiving in 1971, a guy calling himself Dan Cooper (the media mistakenly called him D.B. Cooper) boarded Northwest Airlines flight #305 in Portland bound for Seattle. He was wearing a dark suit and a black tie and was described as a business-executive type. While in the air, he opened his brief… Read more »

An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… Read more »

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  • Gilligan’s Island Radio

    I love recreating props from movies and TV shows as you can see here. My newest project should be quick and easy. I came across a Packard Bell AR-851 radio from the 1960’s, and while you may not recognize the model number, I’m sure you would recognize the radio itself. It’s the one from Gilligan’s… Read more »

  • The Muppets

    I watched The Muppets the other night and thought it was pretty funny. It reminded me of 30 Rock– a behind-the-scenes look at a hit TV show where you get to see the relationships and the drama that plays out behind the curtain. It was kind of raunchy, but still funny. I already knew what… Read more »

  • The California DMV

    While researching information for a DMV project I was working on, I came an interesting fact about the California DMV. If you don’t speak English and live in California (Austrian former governors are exempt), you can still take the written driver license exam. It’s available in other languages: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French,… Read more »

  • Book Research

    For the past four weeks (that’s a month to my numerically-challenged readers), I have been working on my second book. This time around it’s a novel, and it’s been a blast to write so far. It’s much easier to write than a memoir because I can make shit up when I write myself into a… Read more »

  • The County Clerk Of Kentucky

    Meanwhile in Kentucky, a county clerk is sitting in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Kim Davis, a born-again Apostolic Christian has decided that handing out marriage licenses to gay couples would go against the word of God. In fact, when asked under whose authority she was refusing to hand out… Read more »

  • My Second Book

    This week I started outlining my new book. It’s a novel, and I’m hoping it will be funny. It’s going to be a lot more fun than a memoir because I can make shit up- I’m not constrained by the truth. So what’s it about? Well first off, it contains the following items in no… Read more »

  • I Am An Author

    About a month ago, I put my first eBook on Amazon. Since this was my first book, I wanted to learn everything I could about the process so I’d be prepared for the second book, or as I like to call it, Crap, The Sequel. Many of my friends and family (both of you) downloaded… Read more »

  • Email Hell

    It all started when I received an email that I didn’t understand. It was addressed to the “team”, and I figured it was meant for me, as I get quite a few emails that are addressed to, and begin with, “team”. As it turns out, it was another team far across the country and they… Read more »

  • Cosmetics 2

    A few weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about cosmetics and all the wonderfully disgusting things that go into making them. There was one bright spot though- I mentioned a website called Naturally Betsy, that makes face and body care products from all-natural ingredients. I received quite a few comments and emails about the… Read more »

  • The Republican Debate 2015

    So I watched the Republican debate, or as I called it, the Republican clown car convention. I watched all of the crazies come out and beg for the presidential nomination. Let’s just say the candidates belong on the island of misfit toys. Donald Trump. He’s obviously the Captain of the clown car. He’s insane. I… Read more »