Uh-oh ……

February 19, 2009

So I decided this week that I would substitute the word “monkey” for any and all curse words that I may use.

Why am I doing this? Two reasons — one, my son is getting to the age where he is repeating certain things that he shouldn’t (yes, he picked up a few choice words when he was in the car with me the other day); and two ….. I really like the word “monkey.”


I got two packages delivered to my house via UPS Wednesday, at which my son excitedly screamed “mine!.” Truth is they were mine, but I didn’t have the energy to argue with the 2-year-old (made the mistake of skipping my morning cup of coffee). So I let him open the packages and then heard him say “books!”

These packages contained my latest order from Hard Case Crime, specifically The Cutie by Donald Westlake, Killing Castro by Lawrence Block and and Say It With Bullets by Richard Powell.

Now imagine my surprise when my son grabbed The Cutie, laid down on the couch and opened it up like he was reading it. ….Of course, he had it upside-down, but I wasn’t going to correct it.

Then he yelled at me that I should be reading … So I picked up my copy of Assumed Identity by David Morrell and sat down beside him on the couch ……


Keep smiling folks:)


25 random things…..

February 12, 2009

I stole this from Facebook …. mainly because I couldn’t think of a more interesting blog topic.


Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. I like to think that I’m nicer today than I was yesterday.
2. I’m going bald and gray at the same time.
3. I work hard to make my wife and son smile at least several times during the day.
4. I always try to tell my wife “I love you” between 50 and 75 times a day.
5. My wife is crazy, my son is a hurricane contained within a 2-year-old’s body, and I am in desperate of strong medication.
6. I don’t consider myself to be “a good guy.”
7. I don’t care if people like me or hate me. Life is too short to worry about that nonsense.
8. I love country music.
9. I make mistakes … and I try to learn from them.
10. I didn’t like who I was when I was younger.
11. I don’t have many friends, but I treasure the ones that I do have.
12. I’m a life-long Cubs fan.
13. I’ve learned to stop blowing things up as a way to work out my stress.
14. I hate Dane Cook.
15. I read like coke fiends snort.
16. I’m never happy with a first draft. By the time many people see these postings, I’ve rewritten them at least seven or eight times.
17. My mother and I don’t talk anymore.
18. I know I didn’t appreciate my sister when we were younger and I’ve worked very hard to repair our relationship in the last 10 years.
19. I love listening to Miles Davis and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
20. My comic collection is overwhelming.
21. I love old movies.
22. I try not to take life too seriously, but it is difficult sometimes (especially in today’s world).
23. I’m a Christian who is working every day to better his relationship with the Lord.
24. I’ve been called every name in the book at least twice during the 15 years I’ve been a reporter … and I’ve grown a very thick skin in order to deal with it.
25. I treasure my wife and son above everything else in my life, and I thank God every day that I have them as a part of my life.


Keep smiling folks:)

So I’m all alone…..

February 8, 2009

My wife just left me to my own devices about half an hour ago … and I’m sure that the house will still be standing when she comes back in a few hours …. Well, OK, I think that the house will still be standing when she comes back ……


My list for “douche of the week” – Michael Phelps, Miley Cyrus and Alex Rodriguez.

Hey, do we have to call him A-Rod still …. or can we just call him A-roid?

I want to be able to use the phrase “Executive Privilege” to get out of trouble.

“Final Crisis” was not as good as “Secret Invasion.”

If you’ve got a weak stomach, don’t read “The Tower” by Gregg Hurwitz. Great novel, just just a tad violent than what I’m used to from him (I’ll cut him some slack since it was his first novel. Not his best work, but a good piece of crime fiction nonetheless.)

My dog keeps staring at me for some unknown reason……

Who truly does watch the Watchmen?

I just recently found out that you shouldn’t drink two Red Bulls after having a double-espresso…. Of course, it did help me phrase through time…..

Good lord, my house is a mess…..

It’s official ….. the IRS can go &%^* themselves…

If Warren Ellis sends you his brainmail of the week and it starts off with the sentence, “I’ve always wanted to make a CSI porn,” you should stop reading it if you truly value your sanity….. (I’m don’t, therefore it made me laugh out loud….I know, I’m disturbed)

Will somebody please pull Jeph Loeb off of the Hulk title before he completely destroys the character?

Read Dark Avengers #1 four times in the last week and still can’t believe that Bendis is this friggin’ talented….:)

That’s all for now folks …. Keep smiling:)

So my wife invited me to join Facebook the other day …. and like the trained seal that I am, I did. So in the last six months, I’ve created a blog, a MySpace page, a Facebook page and a Twitter account….

When is the madness going to end!!!!!!!!


(Deep breath …. gulp of Pepsi…..)

OK, I’m back ……

Anyway, I decided about a week ago to get a little bit more creative with my blog. On the righthand side is now a list of links of some people that I’ve mentioned in past entries. The latest one that I’ve put up is “Hard Case Crime.”

I came across this site while reading Swiercynzki’s blog a couple of weeks ago. The site, which is part of Dorchester Publications, offers reprints of old crime fiction novels — some of which have out of print for decades — with a couple of new stories thrown in (Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid” is one that comes to mind). The books offered are available at great prices — at most, they cost $5.99, which is about three bucks cheaper than what most paperbacks are going for these days. You can find classics from Donald Westlake (361), Lawrence Block (Killing Castro, which hasn’t been in print for nearly 50 years), and a variety of other fantastic writers. If you’re like me and love good crime fiction, check out this site. (Shameless plug alert!)


I received an e-mail a couple of days ago from someone I know, which asked “Why don’t you put your photo on your Myspace page?” Just to clarify, my son’s picture is the default photo on that page. Why? Because he’s cuter — and more photogenic — than I am ….

And for those who are curious, the photo on my Facebook page is an avatar from the Least I Could Do web site. I thought this particular avatar would give people a good laugh, while reminding me that I need to be mindful of where my son’s legs are swinging when I pick him up …..


Keep smiling folks:)