‘Tis the Season

It’s getting crazy out there. ‘Tis the season for oblivious drivers, mindless wanderers, rogue shopping carts and grabby people. I was buying tea yesterday. Tea — something that evokes images of quiet and calm, peace and warmth. After studying the display long and hard, my hand was almost upon a particular box, until said box […]

Use caution.

He just wanted to turn left into a housing tract. But it was rush hour, and he had to get across three lanes of traffic first. I was in the middle lane and the light up ahead was red. My lane was backing up quickly, so I kept the intersection open and left a clear […]

The Campaign

When drivers angry-honk at other drivers in New York City, they’re simply saying, “You’re an idiot. Move,” or “Grow a brain.” (I’m sure they’re thinking more than this, but I try to keep it G-rated, yo.) In L.A., an angry honk leaves you wondering if a bullet is about to find its way into your […]

Deep Thoughts

Who remembers Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey? My favorite went something like this: “If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let ’em go — because man…they’re gone.” I was standing in the TSA line this morning at LAX. Terminal 3, to be exact — the same place where the TSA […]

The Good Hiccup

This was the first night in a few weeks’ time that I went for my nightly walk. I made the mistake of downloading a crime app a couple of months back, and since the time change there has been anĀ unsettling number of robberies in the area — during normal (non-wee) hours. Only one of them […]

Squirrels.

There’s a commercial for DirecTV that keeps me cracking up long after its 30-second duration. The squirrels just aren’t listening to Dave. In a park setting, a man is unsuccessfully trying to shoo a gang of rodents away. They’re not interested in his pleas and shrieks. In fact, they leap onto his legs, torso — […]

What’s the deal?

It’s a crazy time of year. One day we’re enjoying family, loved ones and giving thanks for all that we have, and the next (or maybe even same-day) we’re off and shopping, grabbing and buying, getting and gifting — seemingly as if to say that what we or others have isn’t enough to be thankful […]

Tayo’s Lesson

He’s getting up there in age. He usually doesn’t sleep with me, as he tends to prefer staying out most of the night despite his years. He’s lazy and naps during the day while I slave away. He is soft-spoken but demanding and persistent when he wants something — which is rare, except when it […]

Unlikely.

It was somewhat of a surprise that the baby rhino had been orphaned. But it was an even bigger shock when it befriended a warthog. In Ireland, Doogie the lone dolphin befriends Ben the Lab. Both swim for hours, though one will never tire. The other will draw from the dolphin’s energy, occasionally getting a […]