Thanks to the unknown trucker who saved my life, and other thoughts after a brush with death

Driving home for lunch yesterday, I had my first real-life experience with a freeway wrong-way driver. Unfortunately, I first saw him a few hundred yards straight in front of me, when the pickup that had been in the left-hand lane ahead of me suddenly swerved into the right-hand lane. The potential killer was barreling toward […]

Fewer Americans moving – what does it mean?

No, this is not one of those annoying articles about what a lazy computer-bound slug you are and how wonderful it would be for you to buy a hyper-expensive standing desk. This is about the slew of articles recently waxing philosophical about the decline in Americans relocating. See here, here and here, for example. As […]

“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.”

That headline is a quote from Ken Chlouber, Colorado miner and creator of the Leadville Trail 100 ultramarathon. You don’t need to run an ultramarathon. You don’t even really need to make pain your friend. Almost all of us, though, could stand to become a bit (or perhaps a lot) more comfortable with discomfort. I […]

Saving a grand old barrel aging warehouse

When I arrived at the old Seagram’s plant I work at, one of the colossal brick barrel warehouses was in rather sad shape.  The outer facade of brick (each wall is two courses of brick deep) on about half the building had separated from the inner wall and begun sloughing off in often giant chunks.  […]

I’m back…

Wow, has it really been since December that I’ve posted anything?  Since my last post I started a new job in a new field in a new state, so things have been a bit busy. It’s been a real lesson in how well my basic leadership philosophy would stand up to some serious tests and […]

Abolish the disgusting TSA

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit is my hero lately.  He gets credit for pointing to this post by Roger Kimball expressing the same contempt I’ve long had for the TSA.  Seriously, folks, this is America; is the TSA really how far we’ve fallen?

100 incredible views from airplane windows

Another one from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.  Amazing stuff.

Good old Buffalo

Of the many places my wife and I have lived, we agree Buffalo is our favorite, barring each of our hometowns. Our friend Mark sent a link to this video, which captures almost everything I love and miss about that dear town.


John Derbyshire’s “Steel and Fire and Stone” was one of the best things written that day.

Now this is REALLY tough training

I’ve had a couple of acknowledgements of the Navy SEALs here lately.  And they deserve it. But while they go through the torturous BUD/S training, culminating in the all-but-humanly-impossible trials of Hell Week, yesterday I discovered an even greater challenge. It was the combination of getting up early with Bug, putting together and later launching […]