Give me water dummy!

Our oldest has recently discovered the wonderful taste of chocolate milk thanks to his grandparents. Because he doesn’t quite understand the name differences between milk water and juice he just calls everything water. So now every morning for the last week he runs to the fridge pointing at the door and yelling “water!!” I of ...

The bliss of a cardboard box

I used my imagination as a kid growing up on a daily basis. We didn’t have cable and we were only aloud to play the Atari and Nintendo once in a while. Whenever going to town I would beg my mom to stop by the local Sears to look for cardboard boxes. Washing machine boxes ...

Find meaning in your work

I have had a lot of jobs where I felt either totally bored or demeaned by my employers. I felt pretty useless and frankly didn’t have much of a desire to grow the company that I worked for. It wasn’t until I started working doing something I actually like doing that I began to feel ...

How being good at math is cool

When I was 16 I went to a dance at my church. I was a skinny nerdy boy who was awkward around girls and only went to these types of things to dream of someday being cool. So I am at this dance and there is this jelly bean guessing competition where you have to ...

Back to the past

Sometimes I wish I could just go back in the past and punch myself in the nose right before I am about to do something incredibly dumb or life changing. Like continuing to drive my car when there is steam coming out of the hood, or jumping into a pool that has ice on the ...

My First Trip Snowboarding

This past weekend I tried snowboarding for the first time. It wasn’t as difficult as I imagined it would be, but still I came away pretty sore. I have gone surfing almost every summer for the past seven years  with my brother and most people said if I can do that I should be able ...

The Road Show

We used to take vacations each year to interesting places like Mexico and Canada. One one trip to Canada in our motor-home that wouldn’t go over 55 mph, we devised a plan to remove the boredom from our two week long trip. My siblings and I created a “road show” production which consisted of us ...

Dumpster Diving

One vacation my family and I went to Canada. While in one of the cities on our journey we discovered that a restaurant had thrown out a bunch of soda cases that had one or two bottles broken in them. We of course thought this to be a terrific bargain since there were a good ...