Posts made in July, 2011

Taking your readers on a trip

I went to see Steve Coogan’s movie ‘The Trip’ this week.  For those of you unfamiliar with Coogan, he’s a British comedian most famous for portraying a nerdy DJ along the lines of Garry Shandling or Larry David from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’.  ‘The Trip’ is a semi-real story about two guys – Coogan and his friend and fellow comedian Rob Brydon, both playing themselves – on a trip through the north of England on a restaurant tour for a magazine...

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Brotherly love

I have two younger brothers, as I’ve mentioned before; Will* is about 5 years younger than me, and Michael* is two years younger than him.  We’re all great friends, but as children that brotherly love was often expressed in ways that might make some people’s eyebrows raise – well, people who were only children, anyway.  Anyone with siblings knows the deal; your brothers and sisters are there to pester, harass, annoy, and...

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End of an Era

End of an Era

I just watched Space Shuttle Atlantis make its last journey into space.  Other than a small delay to verify that the vent cap on the launch tower had retracted properly, it was a beautiful, perfect launch… a fitting way to finish off a storied history. Thirty years. I remember being so excited when the first orbiter was called Enterprise… my father and I watched Star Trek religiously every Saturday and Sunday at 5pm on KTLA.  I...

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So Long, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Goodbye!

So my next-door neighbors moved across the country this week. So sad… they were great neighbors, a smart, personable couple that became friends. We’re connected on Facebook, of course, but it got me thinking about the ephemeral state of friendship and how social media has changed the way we connect with people. I read an article not too long ago about about something the author called “The Monkeysphere“.  In brief, the...

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