Remembering the best job ever

My wife and I love to stream a good drama every now and then. It is great to get mindlessly lost in a show. We have recently been watching a show where the main character drives a 1960s Ford Mustang. I am not positive on the exact year, but it might be a 1967, my favorite.... more


Nuke decision never should have taken this long

As I write this, we are less than a week away from the Byron Station closing its doors for good. And I have no idea if it is going to stay open or not. That is not a good thing.... more


We are society of rules for a reason

We are a society of rules. We have rules for everything. We have rules for traffic. We have rules for going to school. Sports have rules. Board games have rules. Businesses have rules for employees.... more


A rare moment in a world gone mad

I sat on my motorcycle on that very hot day watching bike after bike after bike pull out onto the road. I was in Indianapolis, Ind., with friends for a charity ride recently. More than a thousand motorcycles and probably 2,000 people or so had shown up for the annual ride, which benefitted a local children’s hospital. Over the years, the ride had raised millions for the hospital, which does not charge families for the care.... more


Can't believe it has been 40 years

I realized last week that 40 years ago, I started Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas. Forty years. Wow. Now, many things that happened 40 years ago I can’t remember at all. I can’t even tell you what I had for dinner last Thursday. But I can still close my eyes and see the young faces of a group of guys I was only around for a couple of months when I was a teenager.... more


We are living in a disaster movie

I love a good disaster movie, and always have. I remember my mom taking me to see the movie “Earthquake” when it came out in 1974. I was 11 at the time, and a huge fan of the movie’s star, Charlton Heston. The best part, however, is that the movie was shown in something called Sensurround, which made it feel and sound like the moviegoer was in an actual earthquake.... more


Use facts, not attacks in letters

People love to complain. We know this is true, right? We see it in our daily lives, we read about it and if we are on social media it is in our faces pretty much 24/7.... more


Being a doomsday prepper not in my future

I would never make it as a doomsday prepper. Does anyone remember the show about preppers than ran for a couple of years not that long ago? It showed people who were preparing for “events” they thought would happen so they and their family could survive.... more


Political purity tests bad for the country

Not much these days makes me bristle like the term “political purity.” Want to know why so much has gone wrong in our government? Look no further than political purity and the purity tests being used by both parties. They are pushing division in Washington to the breaking point, and we as citizens are caught in the middle. Well, at least most of us are. Some are pushing the political purity line.... more


Theaters may be in the past for me

I am not sure I will ever go back to a movie theater. It is not that I don’t like movies – I love movies. I have great memories of going to see movies. I saw all of the Planet of The Apes movies at the theater with my buddies decades ago. We loved those things. And it was always a double feature for 75 cents. One of our moms would drop us off and we had a few hours in the air conditioning to be lost in another world.... more


Yet another reason to dislike flying

I have never been a great flier. I have flown a lot and all over the place – Guam, Europe, the Caribbean, Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean I like it.... more


'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.... more