For me, the word “nerd” didn’t exist until the television series Happy Days. That was the term the super-cool character Fonzie used to describe everyone who wasn’t—well, him. We all wanted to be Fonzie, of course, but none of us were. Including Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie. The truth is, most of us were nerds. […]Read more "Am I a Nerd?"
It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."
Prior to joining the US Post Office four years ago, I spent nearly three decades in retailing management. Retailing has it good and bad points, and I became convinced that it’s definitely a career meant for the young and healthy. But, that’s not what this post is about. This is a true story about […]Read more "Bill the Accidental Racist"
I had spinal surgery during the morning of April 4, 2019. I spent three nights at UAMS, a teaching hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, about thirty-five minutes or so from my driveway when traffic is favorable (which is seldom). Now, I am back home and on the mend. My surgeon fused several thoracic discs that […]Read more "Back Surgery (2019)"
I’m still on vacation from the Post Office as I type this. We spent the first half of my time off visiting Puerto Rico for a few days. While we were on the island, we celebrated my lovely wife Sharon’s birthday (a gentleman doesn’t reveal a lady’s age, but I’ll give you a hint: […]Read more "Puerto Rico 2019 — You Can’t Go Home Again"
I’ve never been one to be late. For anything. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been concerned with being on-time. To school. To work. To social engagements and doctor appointments. If I said I was going to be at a certain place at a certain time, I tried my damndest to make […]Read more "Running Late (Thoughts on Tardiness and Dr. Phil)"
When I was a child, my Nanny and Granddaddy—my mother’s parents—had a few magnets on their refrigerator. You know the type I mean. They are a staple of grandparent chic. I remember that one of my grandparents’ magnets said something like “Smile. People Will Wonder What You’re Thinking” which is as true today as […]Read more "Refrigerator Magnets (on hobbies and memories)"