What To Do With A Fallen King?

Adults only beyond this point. I’m a long time fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” So it is with the recent revelations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today I spent the better part of my lunch hour reading the 7800 word article w ...[Read More]

JimBot Buys a Gun

What follows is a chronicle of my attempt to purchase a handgun in California. Whether for or against the possession of personal firearms, I encourage you to continue reading.  I believe my experience will cause both sides to question the current state of our gun laws. For the sake of background, I didn’t have guns in my home as a kid. I didn’t handle a gun until I joined the US Army at age 1 ...[Read More]

Independence Day!

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever ...[Read More]

Apparently I’m now reviewing books…?

I am reviewing the first five chapters of the book that I received from the publisher and I wish I had been given more chapters. If you’ve read Bob Goff’s previous book ‘Love Does’ then you’re already intimately familiar with Bob’s heartwarming storytelling and his ability to see the world with sunny optimism – even when it’s through a stream of tear ...[Read More]

On Baseball and Pledges

This past weekend I participated in another opening day of Little League baseball. It was my ninth Spring opening day as a parent. I’ve been a coach, a manager, an umpire and a spectator. I love Little League baseball. I follow the Little League World Series closer than any other sports playoff or tournament. I love the joy on kid’s faces as they begin to understand the game: that an underhanded t ...[Read More]

On Captivity and Friendship

In 1999 I was held captive by a radical extremist group. I had to make up that story as it is the only logical explanation for a 28 year-old male to be watching ‘Live with Regis and Kathie Lee’ at nine o’clock in the morning…on a Thursday.  ‘Live with Regis and Kathie Lee’ was a staple of morning talk shows. The show continues today in a different form; Kathie Lee was eventually replaced by ...[Read More]

Of Fingers and Crazy Uncles…

Of Fingers and Crazy Uncles…

Gene Martin is a son-of-a-bitch.  That was my first thought when I realized that he had inadvertently made me party to a joke with no punchline for about 20 years.  In fact, though, Gene Martin was a very kind man. Father to my friends Corinna and Rory and my Scout Master for a brief time. It was in his capacity as Scout Master that he first drew me into his web of lies and engendered a disproport ...[Read More]