What Marching Band Taught Me About the World

INTRODUCTIONIn 1979, I finally made the transition into high school band. It was something I’d been looking forward to, ever since I transitioned from trumpet to drums in sixth grade. I went in and auditioned for the leader of the drum line; a guy named Roger, aka “Hefty.” After my audition, I was ceremoniously welcomedContinue reading “What Marching Band Taught Me About the World”

Why “DrumWild,” and Where Are the Drums?

INTRODUCTIONOne Friday afternoon, when I was lamenting certain aspects of my life in a therapy discussion, my therapist chimed in. “Well, at least you can play your drums in your apartment all day, right?” Eh, no. That’s not how things work. What felt really weird to me was that I had to explain to anotherContinue reading “Why “DrumWild,” and Where Are the Drums?”

Change Is Not Always Good

When I worked at LinkedIn from 2015-2016, I has the pleasure of bearing witness to the idiocy of the young developers and workers. Maybe this is why they ended up purging everyone over 40 who wasn’t in management. It was something of a concern to me that they would be so excited about a newContinue reading “Change Is Not Always Good”

The Life Bukowski

NOTE: This might be a difficult read for some. Sensitive readers should be cautious, or maybe skip this entirely. People read or otherwise hear about the life of Charles Bukowski and have different responses. Some will say that he was a bum and a total failure. Others will declare him to be a genius. TheContinue reading “The Life Bukowski”

Nothing Means Anything

INTRODUCTIONEvery so often, a memory returns to the forefront of my mind. I don’t know why this happens, or the purpose behind it, so I suspect that it is one meaningless link in the meaningless chain of nothing. It was early December of 1990, and my future ex-wife got me a Super NES for myContinue reading “Nothing Means Anything”

On Feeling Important

INTRODUCTIONI was watching a YouTube video that was a collection of TikTok shorts, where women talk about how awesome they are, and how they no longer need men. Their words were one thing, but their delivery was very peculiar. Their delivery, facial expressions, and posture told a different story of smug arrogance and a highContinue reading “On Feeling Important”

The Need to “Go Somewhere”

INTRODUCTIONOne has not truly lived until a person they’re dating turns to them one day and says that they are concerned that they don’t know where things are going. It’s got to “go somewhere,” they say. Today, I’d like to explore that idea. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?When I used to haveContinue reading “The Need to “Go Somewhere””

No More Waiting For It

INTRODUCTIONI can’t really say for certain just how much time I spent waiting for it. There was always something. The goals were sometimes big. For example, I remember being 12 years old and thinking about how I couldn’t wait until I was 16. That’s when I’d get my license, and maybe even buy a car.Continue reading “No More Waiting For It”

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