Molly’s dog is a Chihuaha…

It had started innocently enough.  At summer camp in Florida, a couple other counselors and I took some of the younger campers for an evening canoe ride along the shores and passageways of the lake.  While paddling single file through a narrow passageway, one the...

Oh gross, don’t drink that!

I look sideways at my daughter and say “Two questions:  What do you think is wrong with this milk, and if it’s bad, why didn’t you throw it away?”.  Of course, I know better than to do this.  Never ask a child two questions at once and expect two answers.  Confirming...

When is a label not a label?

I bought a label printer, and it prints, but it doesn’t print labels.  Oh, I do take what it prints out, peel it off the backing, and stick the adhesive side onto my box, but it’s still not a label.  It’s just a sticker, a sticker with markings on it. Long ago I...

Have you ever seen a Purple Hurricane?

When I was but a wee lad my dad decided to initiate me to the delights of watching football.  So, we went to the only public high school in town, the G.H.S. Purple Hurricanes, and I saw my first football game ever.  And so, early in my life I learned that G.H.S. meant...

I talked to one of them

Yeah, I admit it. They’re not so bad after all. As long as we’re not discussing an action against one of my clients, I’ve even enjoyed talking with a variety of different transportation Enforcement officers. Occasionally, I learn something new, and often, we find that...

Daddy Knows Best

I may be old, but I’m not old enough to have watched the television show, Daddy Knows Best. However, as a father, I’d sure like it to be true about me.  Unfortunately, there’re several children that could testify eloquently about the number and severity of my...

Did You Have a Good Day?

At some time each evening, by telephone if not in person, my wife asks me if I’ve had a good day. And I’m usually baffled about how to answer. I’m sure this will bring me an accusation of over-thinking a simple question but, please consider the following, even if you...

I dare you to cross that line

Sigh. Those words were often the prelude to a butt-kicking. Although now I am a fairly large man with a shaved head, and no one seems to want to mess with me, as a child I was scrawny, weak, and uncoordinated, so the butt about to be kicked was usually mine. It was...

When is an oxidizer not an Oxidizer?

Using humor while teaching a class can be a tricky proposition. On one hand, it is so easy to offend people these days that most humor is off limits. I used to introduce myself at the beginning of class by saying that you can call me Gene, or you can call me Hey You,...

Eat well, stay fit, die anyway

Half of my family tree has never had any heart trouble. The other side of my family tree never had a male live to age 60 until my father did it, and while some were killed fighting wars, all the others died of heart problems. So, I wonder, which set of genes did I...