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That’s My Father

This Saturday, we are having a multiple-family reunion of sorts at the home of my parents. We are celebrating four birthdays simultaneously – my brother Rick’s 35th, my brother Mike’s 45th, my brother Jack’s 50th, and most importantly, my father’s 70th. All of my family, my father’s family, my stepmother’s family and dozens of friends…

Chalk up another prediction for Lynn. I told her the other day that I saw a smoker that I really wanted and came *this* close to buying it, but didn’t. The first thing she said was, “You’ll buy it before long.” Hey, I waited three days! This morning I got to thinking that since I…

Reunion Day

I’m headed to Lansing today for two things: a board meeting for Michigan Citizens for Science and a reunion dinner with some of my old friends from debate. A few of the people who are going to be there I haven’t seen in 14 years, so this is going to be a great little nostalgia…

The latest update in my 6 month nostalgia tour, which has brought numerous old and dear friends back into my life, is the best update of all. I’ve mentioned before that I used to coach debate when I was in college. I coached at Okemos High School, just ten minutes or so from MSU. At…

History, Food and Great Teaching

One of the most influential people in my life was a teacher, Louis Johnson. He was my French teacher my junior and senior years of high school, but I knew him from conversations before I decided to take the class. He was exactly what a teacher should be – learned, passionate, consumed with the subject…

To Old Friends, part 2

I spent a great day yesterday visiting with old friends in two different shifts. First, I went down to MSU to spend a few hours with my old friends Will and Biza, who are brother and sister and in some ways like a little brother and sister to me. When I coached the debate team…

To Old Friends

I would like to introduce my readers to an old friend that I have had the good fortune to get reacquainted with recently. His name is Aaron Dworkin and he is the founder and president of the Sphynx Organization, a non-profit group that helps black and latino students find a place in the world of…

Ten More Random Things About Me

In the first installment of About Me, I listed 10 random things about myself. Now I feel the need to reel off 10 more. 11. I actually like to watch pro wrestling. I don’t do it often, and I’ve never ordered a pay per view or anything. But if I’m flipping channels and come across…

Fear and Clothing in Las Vegas

I told this story during a real poker game the other day and thought someone might find it amusing to write about it here. The story took place on my first trip to Vegas, about 10 years ago. We were staying at Treasure Island and back then, Treasure Island had a poker room, which is…

Yet Another Distraction

Following in the footsteps of John Scalzi, I have been chosen to contribute to the Detroit News Weblog for the next month. I will be posting there on a daily or near-daily basis, just brief entries about the political campaign and politics in general. Feel free to drop by and tell me I’m full of…