bike pub crawl

I love my friends

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Last night was our 83rd annual Bike Pub Crawl – you do the math. Enjoy this kick-ass video and come along for the ride. (Hey, faceless and anonymous blog reader, next year you should join us! The more the merrier.) So hop up in the saddle, crack open a beer, and let’s roll! (Mad props […]

What I would say if I were Claudia

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I’ve said it before (though maybe not in these exact words): 8th grade offers a higher concentration of social confusion, awkwardness and all-around nasty crap than any other year known to humanity. And that’s on its own. It doesn’t need tragedy to make it more challenging. Today the children at Claudia’s middle school learned that […]

No, no, it’s not you, it’s me

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Creative Memories? Come here, sit down. We need to talk. Look, you know I love you, right? I mean, we’ve had a ton of laughs and I’ll never forget some of the special moments we’ve shared (because some of them are carefully preserved in wonderful, quality scrapbook albums). We’ve been together almost 12 years now. […]

Eff you, Al Gore.

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There was a time when I was a kid with purpose and potential. I was useful and valuable – to the point where people would actually seek me out for the wisdom of my counsel. Then Al Gore had to go and invent the Internet. Asshole. I was a trivia savant. A once-in-a-generation font of […]

Things to write about when you’re just a little too buzzed to formulate a coherent blog post

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Had a couple of beers tonight. So here are a few thoughts for the evening: • When given the choice between “high school job” and “potentially life-defining moment”, always choose the life-defining moment. (Rush rules.) • How much is too much ZZ Top? • Kindergarten is overrated. (Although I DO think they’ve got that nap-time […]

Welcome to 45

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It took me forty-five-and-a-half years to discover how college girls with low self-esteem feel. I went to see the doctor this morning for a “routine physical”. I was anxious and apprehensive, not sure what to expect. I debated with myself for what seemed like forever, trying to decide what to wear. In the end, what […]

The thin yellow line

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This is the city. Napa, California. 1978. It’s 18.1 square miles of manicured lawns and dusty strip malls, tucked inside some of the most valuable vineyards anywhere. The schools are for learning, the parks are for playing and the streets are for getting hard-working folks to and from their places of labor and commerce. That’s […]

Rising to the challenge

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[youtube] A man with no goal is a rudderless ship, subject to the whims of fickle Neptune's fathomless fancies… No, wait, that's not right. (Well, it is right, but it's not going to get me to the point I want to make. Lemme start over.) A man with no goal is a ship safe […]

Listen up, everyone. Listen to Greg.

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Sixth grade should have been a radical year for me. 1978-79 was an awesome time to be in Napa, California. Sixth grade was one of a very few years where I wasn't starting out in a new school. (I went to 10 different schools, K-12.) Northwood Elementary was a K-6 school, so I was regally […]

Well, that’s not MY dad

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Just a little over a week ago was Father's Day. (Seriously? Then why the hell is my Hai Karate jug still on empty?) And this Father's Day, as most Father's Days, I found myself questioning my adequacy as a father. I went to church and it didn't get any better. Pastor Doug spoke pretty passionately […]

Worth every penny

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That bright-yellow behemoth in the front of this photo is sort of a summer project of mine. I found it last fall at a house down the street, sitting forelornly at the end of a driveway with a hand-scrawled "free" sign hanging from the top tube. I gave it a thorough, cautious, up-close look and, […]

Them kids is smart

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Huge kudos to Erin – the second of our collective brood and my first biological offspring to graduate high school. (SIDETRACK: That "huge kudos" intro was totally my subconscious mind crying out. I just finished lunch, my sweet tooth is screaming at me, and all I have in my desk drawer is a couple of […]

Little Duplex on the Prairie

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Settle the hell down, breath deeply, and take comfort in this simple fact: there's someone lazier than you. There's always someone lazier than you. I coasted through school based on that knowledge. I finish races fueled by that knowledge. And, occasionally, I sit comfortably on my back patio with a beer – at peace in […]