Category: Life Lessons

33 Things I Know

Tomorrow I turn 33. At this point in my life I don’t know everything there is to know- I only know some things. Things you know are absolute- they are facts as far as you are concerned. They are bases of discussion, conversation starters, conversation enders, and possibly points of contention. But ultimately they are ...

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Catching a Breath: 10 Things I’ve Learned in the Past Month

I have had a lot going on lately. There have been quite a few life changes and believe me, I’ve wanted to write a coherent blog about every single one of them. But I haven’t been able too. Maybe because I’ve been busy using a pen and a few pieces of scotch tape to jerry ...

Philly, I Bid You Adieu

In Mid-August of 2006 I packed up a U-Haul trailer, hooked it up to my blue Chevy Blazer and headed south for Philadelphia. The rearview mirror was full of Portland, Gram, my family, my band and the boats & crew of Casco Bay Lines. It was Saturday. I would be starting graduate school on Tuesday. ...

No Town Like Johnstown: Missing in Action Again

If you travel for work, people will often call you lucky. And really, you are. You’re getting paid to travel and that’s a beautiful thing. I once went to San Diego for a weekend. It was snowing in Philly. Just a day of southern California sunshine was a welcome sight, despite the sickening and cracked ...

Selinsgrove by Sunset: matchbox cars, party jams and door knobs

At 10 o’clock at night I found myself locked in the bathroom. This particular Monday had started much earlier- around the usual time with all the usual tricks. There wasn’t much to report. Traffic was a tad bit heavier than normal, but nothing to get too worked up about. And as for most of the ...

The Jack Johnson Morning

Looking into what makes a morning a Jack Johnson morning

Anything is Possible…and other Casual Friday Thoughts…

When the job posting says “project manager,” they are often times speaking of computer-related projects.The same can be said for “storage.” Patriots 27, Ravens 24. Giants 21, 49ers 10. When I type Iphone and I Phone corrects it to say I Phone, I’m tempted to throw it out the window. Chuck Todd is the only ...

What’s up? My Legs! – praising the re-watchability of Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It was nice because it had nothing to do with Iowa, as last night I realized that Forgetting Sarah Marshall had reached the ultimate pantheon of re-watchability. It had reached the Shawshank Level- a level previously only occupied by Shawshank Redemption, old episodes of the Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Anchorman and morning episodes ...

Banana Bread Dreams & Egg Nog w/ Rum Wishes: Looking back at Christmas Memories

Christmas memories are like episodes of Madmen- face it, they’re all awesome, just in their own unique ways. There was one lovely Christmas in Maine when I was working at Bay Lines and pulled the Downbay PM shift, which in the days leading up to Christmas looked like one of the more desire able shifts, ...