Hometown Tourism, Part 2

The winter phase of my ongoing hometown tourism was supposed to include the following: Dead & Breakfast, Manitowoc Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights, Green Bay Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee Admirals vs Timberwolves Hockey, Milwaukee Badgers vs Spartans Hockey, Madison Gamblers vs Team USA Hockey, Green Bay National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc Out of that 8 item list, Read More …

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 …

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 …

Feelings on the Haunt Industry and Haunt Season

I love being a haunter. I’m passionate about my craft. But my feelings toward the haunt industry and the haunt season have changed quite a bit over this past year. Haunt Acting I don’t think I ever want to perform at a haunted house attraction again. Don’t get me wrong – it was fun the first time I did it. Read More …

Remembering Your Values

I realize that it’s easier to identify your values in moments of contemplation than to constantly live up to those values. Like how conservatives claimed the domain of morality, but now side with a President who is unquestionably immoral. Or how some on the left fight for clean air and energy independence while driving SUVs. My New Job Does Not Read More …

Reflections of a Rubber Tramp, One Month Into a New Job (and One Week Into a New Home)

Yesterday, I drove to work along my new route from my new home, and I passed by a Motel 6. I suddenly became nostalgic for the days when a stay at a Motel 6 was a luxury. What, with their flat beds, hot water, and ice machines – they were an oasis during my rubber tramping days. Honestly, it doesn’t Read More …

A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment Read More …