Have an Unispired Week!

“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” Woody Allen quotes After opening my computer to write this morning I read emails for 10 minutes, typed a couple replies and emails for 10 minutes, searched for a vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes, searched for parking lots around LaGuardia for another 15 minutes, searched for… Continue reading Have an Unispired Week!

Diary of a Mad White Man: Addendum to Yesterday’s Post

Yesterday I wrote a post about Peter the bore.  It was essentially a diatribe about his inauthenticity, his desire (and resultant failure) to impress, his lack of interest in those around him, and so on.  It was a warning to all the boring people in the world to straighten out and fly right. I was… Continue reading Diary of a Mad White Man: Addendum to Yesterday’s Post

What Does the Company You Keep Say About You?

Then Big Pete was a rotund twenty-year-old with thinning red hair that reached down to his butt.  He sold and consumed copious amounts of cocaine.  He drove his Jeep on a suspended drivers license.  He gorged nightly on beef jerky shoplifted from 7-Eleven. His roommate, The Captain, owed his name to his affection for Captain… Continue reading What Does the Company You Keep Say About You?

Thought of the Week: Life Never Happens Later

“How would you live if you lived 100%?”  This was a question I posed to myself in a dream last week.  I woke up seconds later contemplating the question’s implications.  What was I waiting for?  When are you really going to invest in your dream of being a writer?  When are you going to stop… Continue reading Thought of the Week: Life Never Happens Later

Rod Blagojevich and the Art of Self Promotion

I read a profile in the New Yorker about Rod “Blago” Blagojevich this past July (note: link requires subscription).  I found him inspirational in a perverse way.  The guy had a lot more going for him than moppish hair.  Blago really seemed to believe in himself.  Despite his bald corruption, despite his 114-1 impeachment, the… Continue reading Rod Blagojevich and the Art of Self Promotion

Are You an Idea Junkie?

[Read below for my limited time offer of unaccredited idea-coaching!  Supply is limited (supply is one actually)] Ideas I've bailed on: Bike racing High school debate team Biking around the world Become a chef Modeling Dramatic acting Comedic acting Stand-up comedy Personal training Starting an ecologically-minded catering company Several girlfriends Mortgage sales (this was a… Continue reading Are You an Idea Junkie?

32 Points to Freedom

In April of 1998, the two things I was most passionate about—whiskey and my motorcycle—produced an unfortunate, if predictable, collision. I had just left a concert at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, after a long day of partying—drinks and barbecue at my friend Todd’s before the show, several more drinks at the show.  I… Continue reading 32 Points to Freedom