Christmas is a week out and I’m in the same state of mind as I was 365 days ago. Hurried, disheveled and trying to jam fifteen minute errands into eight. We need a mega-blizzard in my fair town to slow things down, or at least slow down everyone else.

18 December 2014  The Humor Project

“If you think about a Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.” Ina Garten, Host of Barefoot Contessa, Food Network
It’s not the minutes that put on weight, it’s the seconds.
I’m unsure who said that but whoever said it was right. Hardly three weeks have passed since my final …

26 November 2014  Holidays

(Hockey Player Magazine, October 2014)
The five of us frowned as we tied our skates. We were down two players and knew the next 45 minutes would test our lungs and legs.
“Where’s Blaze?” Swifty asked.
“At a Raider game,” I answered.
“Good excuse. Better than when Chuck got lost hunting or when Lefty …

27 October 2014  Sports

(Originally appeared in the Chico Enterprise-Record in Nov 2012)
“Humility is tricky. Once you think you have it, you’ve lost it.”
Etc. Guy, aka Eric Miller (confused dad)
I’m not politically astute -blinded by irreverence—and have the knack of saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong time to the right people. I’ll …

15 October 2014  Parent and Kids

“Marketing is really just about sharing your passion.”
Michael Hyatt, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Hey folks, if you’re facing a slow TV night, want to dodge yard work, or if you lose a bet, come visit me in the coming weeks. I’ll be bouncing around Northern California …

3 October 2014  The Humor Project

“Dogs live in the moment and don’t care about anything except affection and food. They’re loyal and happy. Humans are just too damn complicated.” David Duchovny, actor and writer
Just carrying a leash triggers bouncing and slobbering. The leash implies walks or car rides, maybe a romp in the park. But …

11 September 2014  Pets

Hey folks, though I’ve fallen behind on posting that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. Or bothering my wife and kids. Or strangers.  On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Denver the kids sat somewhere behind me and I was stuck between two Denver Broncos cheerleaders (only in my dreams).
Actually …

7 September 2014  Travel

Hey folks,
I’m on the road for a week and have a slug of articles in development.  I’m trying to find the time to finish ‘em.  I’m also doing maintenance on my main Etc.Guy site.  I’d rather fix pot-holes, at least those are tangible, but please visit Etc.Guy on occasion to …

“My wife and I are trying to live within our means.  We went from a $750,000 house to a $350,000 house and didn’t even have to move.”
Will Durst, American political satirist
He’s a superstar comic and satirist with a wit that feasts on political mayhem. He fires more misdirections than Chris …

Whether you’re seven or seventy, there are secrets you simply don’t tell. My brother and I, free range boys who bored easily, exercised the “Don’t Tell Mom” rule well into high school.  Our pact survived a multitude of sins, including underage joy-riding.  Unless our parents checked the car odometer or …

28 June 2014  Parent and Kids
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