Adventure Jacket

Manual labor. Listen, we can all do it right? The lifting, the dragging, the pushing, the whatever. Hell, I love snowblowing at night, and there isn’t a man in New England who hasn’t watched a plow take out a mailbox and think, “Now that would be a fun job.” No, the reason we should thank allContinue reading “Adventure Jacket”

There’s A Penguin In My Freezer and A Machine Gun on My Stairs

His eyes burrow into my soul. We stand there facing each other, neither daring to move a muscle. I admit he has me at a disadvantage, I had no idea he would be there. But none of that matters right now. What matters is the razor sharp beak standing between me and a frozen steak.Continue reading “There’s A Penguin In My Freezer and A Machine Gun on My Stairs”

Feast of the Seven Fishes and Unlocking Life’s Secrets

The line is long and the smell is invasive. People swarm the place, jostling for position at the glass counter. They wave their tickets and shout their orders.  “53!” “Here!” “Whaddya need?” “Three pounds of cooked shrimp! A fillet of cod, and six lobster tails!” And on it goes. The workers hustle and push pastContinue reading “Feast of the Seven Fishes and Unlocking Life’s Secrets”

Four Day Weekend

“Four day weekend and tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mikey, what do you want to do?” “Dad, I am going to run upstairs, put on my bathrobe and play videogames all afternoon. I have…No! Home! Worrrrrrrkkkkkkkk!” “Sounds perfect. How ’bout you Benny-boy? What do you want to do?” He looks out the back window of the truck atContinue reading “Four Day Weekend”

Huzzah!

The sound of pounding hooves reverberates through the earth. Two champions race towards each other, each led by the point of a lance. The horses beneath them charge with muscles rippling and nostrils wide. Their fear replaced with a duty for destruction. A glint of sun from steel armor pierces through the shade of theContinue reading “Huzzah!”

A Flatbed Towed My Dreams Away… and Other Country Song Lyrics

Nine years ago it was wood-working. Seven years ago it was boat fever. Five years ago is was flying. For the past three years it has been cars. These hobbies start as a passing interest, an ember in my heart that travels to my brain and finally into my hands (and wallet).  Hundreds of hoursContinue reading “A Flatbed Towed My Dreams Away… and Other Country Song Lyrics”

The Aftermath…of a Birthday Party

The side door to the garage opens with a “Bang!”. The guests turn to watch as a kid-sized tractor squeezes through the frame. The front wheels drop to the ground and the driver floors it. “Here comes Benny!” he yells. The whine of the battery powered wheels slices through the sounds of small-talk and crunchingContinue reading “The Aftermath…of a Birthday Party”

Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY)

The burning in my chest seems different than in the past. The burning in my legs is shocking to me. Confusion and doubt cloud my mind. It’s only been two laps. The course I created with my boys can only be described as small. Four corners form a square in the backyard marked by aContinue reading “Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY)”

DIY Fishing Excursion

Took the boys fishing this past weekend and I wanted to pass on some advice. Better yet, below you will find a checklist to use  to take your children on a trip to the Great Outdoors. Nothing says bonding time like waking up early, casting a few lines into a swift misty river and catchingContinue reading “DIY Fishing Excursion”