The RV Chronicles — Taking out the trash and taking in stories

I walk almost daily with a bag or two of garbage to our RV park dumpster. Most might think of such a task as routine and downright dull. But I see it differently. During my 200 yard roundtrip, I see people’s stories. Some homes are used as they were intended — as temporary dwellings. I […]

The RV Chronicles — The human race is going to hell in a hand basket, and other observations

I tend to notice the mostly unnoticeable — such as the misspelled words on the Diary Queen marquee or the successive series of signs posted along the highway that start with “Your wife is hot.” and end with “Call Acme A/C service!” about a half-mile later. So should it come as no surprise that I […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting there is the hard part

There are hundreds and thousands of people who make most of their memories via the recreational vehicle, or box camper.  In my 40-some-odd years, I couldn’t be counted among those folks … until now. Some background info Little more than a week ago, I was minding my own business watching NCIS reruns when the phone […]

Confession No. 131 — Water? Gasoline? Or dynamite? Well, that all depends.

My real life job as a public relations guy requires me to bite my tongue. Quite often. And it’s not always easy. Many times, I’ve had to stifle my thoughts and comments when it comes to absurd inquiries from the press and their award-desiring editors. There are plenty of other instances when I must tap […]

Confession No. 109 — Really? You want us to shoot straight? (Recipe: Chinese Sesame Chicken)

Just admit it. You’re a liar. Before you get your knickers in a twist, I’m not referring to the fibs you tell your boss about why you are regularly tardy. Nor am I talking about that Facebook profile photo that took you 20 attempts and a good bit of Photoshop know-how. The lies I’m talking […]

Confession No. 87 — Hungry? How about a sucker? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake w/ Chocolate Ganache and Toffee Bits)

Drifters. Vagabonds. Derelicts. Hobos. Bums. By any name, this person is usually looked down upon and avoided. And sometimes with good reason. Some are down on their luck, while others have made their own luck. But, no matter how you see your local Boxcar Willie, just know that he might have won an Oscar — […]

Confession No. 82 — Rudeness is unbecoming. More so for some.

‘I hate rude behavior in a man. I won’t tolerate it.’ — Capt. Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) in Lonesome Dove, after beating a man nearly to death. Out of certain people I expect certain things. But, like one of my favorite movie characters ever, I’ve yet to find a good reason for rudeness. No […]