Addressing the Shutdown and Other Current Events

I’m reluctant to wade into politics and current affairs on this blog, but both of my primary topics this evening are somewhat related to its themes, so here we go… I Made It!! A year ago, early in 2018, I had – for lack of a better word – a premonition. It was as though I was holding a book Read More …

2019 Resolutions and Another Potential Dilemma

In my previous post, I observed that my friends seem to understand that I’m serious about becoming a leather, in spite of my frequent history of changing my mind. I may have called that shot a little early. I may have drawn that conclusion based on too small a sample size. Because I was hanging out with a few of Read More …

What You Leave Behind

For the past several weeks, a single theme has occupied my thoughts. How to survive on the road with nothing. Every time something in my home or work life annoys me, I think about how I won’t have to deal with that when I’m on the road. Every time I spend money, I think about how I won’t have to Read More …

The Probable Beginning of Phase Two

I’m finally getting around to writing the book I was supposed to write after the North American Road Trip. I’m getting a room at a motel tomorrow afternoon and spending the next 20 hours secluded from all of the distractions of home. I’ll be pouring over all of my blog posts here and making notes for an outline. Then, I Read More …

Decisions and Regrets

I do not regret the decision I made to retire my law practice, sell my house, and go off on my epic road trip. I regret pretty much every decision I’ve made since I returned to Green Bay. Remaining in Green Bay For two years straight, I contemplated leaving Wisconsin once and for all, and for two years straight, I Read More …

A Social Media Experiment and Observations

For the past several years, I have resolved – with little success – to wean myself off of both social media and watching cable news. The resolution coincided with my 2016 resolution to travel more. It was part of a larger effort to spend less time in the virtual world and more time living in the real world. I also Read More …

The Myth of the Swindling, Freeloading Poor

In a Facebook thread discussing charity and giving to the homeless, someone challenged me to explain how I can know that a panhandler isn’t pulling a scam by pretending to be poor or homeless in order to get easy money. Cogito, Ergo Sum If we get obnoxiously philosophical about it, who can truly know anything? There is no way for Read More …

Fortune Favors the Bold

The Two Bartlets Many people lead lives of contradiction, toeing a delicate line between what they want and what they are comfortable with. One of my favorite cultural examples of this comes from The West Wing. The stories of President Bartlet (and his administration) oscillate between doing the right thing (at high cost or risk) and going the politically-safe route. Read More …

Just Say “No” to Unnecessary Detours

I’m going to say a few things in this blog post that may seem contradictory. For example, I’m going to make it sound as though I like my job, even though I hate my job. Bear with me. This is a blog post of subtlety and nuance. Retail Regrets The job I have today is a job I accepted out Read More …

Grumpy Old Man Rant – Christmas Edition

Let’s be honest – the Grumpy Old Man Rant – Halloween Edition was very self-serving. Although I meant every single word I said, it was all about what I want and not giving a shit about anyone else’s opinion. But in the spirit of the holidays and this season of giving, this grumpy old man rant is intended to make your lives Read More …