Whiplash

(photo credit: The Moving World Scott Pfeiffer) I watched 2013's Whiplash earlier this month and I've been thinking about it ever since. Evidence of a solid flick. Gets inside the head and doesn't stop moving around. Why is this film captivating? Why am I still thinking about it? Do I identify with this film because I'm …

Vikings Lose, Packers Win, and Subzero Reigns Supreme: An account of hithers and thithers

I’m tucked away in my basement, penning this missive, while outside the temperatures continue to fall. Today is the coldest day it’s been this winter in Minnesota thus far, with a high of zero and a low of seventeen below. Days like today, it’s unadvisable to go outside. Every breath feels like your lungs are …

Happy New Year 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year! How was your evening? Did things get a bit crazy? My evening sure did. I ate way more than I should have, which in all honesty has been a recurring theme for me this holiday season. We bought a bunch of appetizer type food: chicken bites, cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, …

Holiday Tunes

Since starting a family my attitude toward Christmas and the holidays has changed. In my younger days, as an embittered man in my early 20’s, I railed against the holiday season, whining of corporate greed and commercialism and the injustices suffered by pagans at the hands of early Christians co-opting a solstice for their own …

The Star Wars

(photo from vulture.com) Last night I traveled with my brother-in-law and father-in-law down to the tiny Sturgeon Bay movie theater to catch the 6:15 showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The diminutive cinema house was already filling quickly when we arrived and as my FIL purchased the tickets (many thanks!) my BIL and I …

Average White Guy (AWG)

In the last five years, on approximately four separate occasions, I’ve been asked in total earnestness by both family members and colleagues, “Why isn’t there a national, average, tax-paying, white guy day?” The authors of this question are positing this notion in response to attempts throughout the United States to be more diverse, to shine …