I live in New Ulm, an idyllic town of thirteen thousand people in southwest Minnesota. I’ve lived in numerous communities during my life, and New Ulm is easily my favorite. For starters, you couldn’t ask for a better place to raise children. It’s one of those places where you don’t need to lock your doors … Continue reading I Call Shenanigans
Below is a brain-dump that I wrote immediately after waking up to the news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. It provides nothing in the way of solutions or ideas. This is merely an example of what it looks like while I work through an issue. There are many other news stories and … Continue reading Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush….
The 2017 NFL season started a couple weeks back, and with it came renewed controversy. Marcus Peters, star cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, remained seated on the bench while the National Anthem was played on Opening Night. This wasn't Peters' first form of protest since the beginning of last season, nor has he been … Continue reading I Stand (Er, Kneel) With Colin Kaepernick
Hot off the success of my Chipotle rant (which became the second most viewed essay after only twenty-four hours; it’s actually the *most* read essay if we toss out the porn clickbait from April Fool’s/Fools’ Day), I've decided to do my best 10,000 Maniacs impersonation and “give ‘em what they want.” And folks, I'm rubbing … Continue reading Number Thirty-Two: The McDonald’s Drive-Thru (aka Fifty Feet of Hell)
Despite my various rants about bad drivers and Presidential candidates, I’m really not that crabby of a person. In fact, I think this blog surprises the folks who know me. You see, I’m a pretty quiet dude. I don’t talk much unless I know someone pretty well, and even then I’ll hold back on some … Continue reading Number Thirty-One: I Love Chipotle’s Burritos and Hate Their Customers
Sound harsh? Trust me, it isn't. First, some background. I thoroughly enjoy video games. I grew up as systems first emerged, and I've owned a variety of them over the years -- Atari 2600, Commodore 64, the original Nintendo Entertainment System (and I'm talking about one of the early models, complete with a gun for … Continue reading Number Twenty-Six: I’d Rather Watch Flies F*ck
Two weekends ago my wife and I went out to dinner at a local restaurant. We go to this establishment at least a couple times a month, and we frequent it for a variety of reasons -- the delicious food, the excellent staff (whom we've become friends with in the past six months), and the … Continue reading Number Twenty-Four: Phones and (Un)Social Media