A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing

I know the folks who are all verklempt because NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was tweeting Monday night while the Daytona 500 was red-flagged.
There the same ones who were wringing their hands once upon a time …

There are rules, and then there’s 36 hours of Daytona
Tuesday, 28 Feb, 2012 – 13:07 | One Comment
There are rules, and then there’s 36 hours of Daytona

We have a strict 8 p.m. bedtime.
Sort of. Over the past two years it’s morphed to a strict “be physically in the bed by 8 but stay awake and read for a while if you …

Learning a happy sort of hate
Monday, 28 Mar, 2011 – 13:37 | One Comment
Learning a happy sort of hate

The old proverb slipped out of my mouth Friday night before I could stop it, as Spike and Jerry ganged up on Tom during a marathon cartoon session: “The enemy of my enemy is my …

I need a Knaus in my house
Tuesday, 9 Nov, 2010 – 11:54 | Comments Off
I need a Knaus in my house

Just when I thought Kevin Lehman, who advises that you sometimes “pull the rug out and let the little buzzards tumble,” was the ultimate in reality discipline then along comes someone who makes Lehman look …

One man’s deployment is another’s day at the race
Monday, 25 Oct, 2010 – 13:24 | Comments Off
One man’s deployment is another’s day at the race

He’d bought two tickets for a male-bonding weekend with his brother, who’d planned to fly in out-of-state for the race in California.
She’d bought only three tickets, because her husband’s deployment had effectively blocked his participation …

Tired of hearing about Danica? Then quit talking about her
Monday, 22 Feb, 2010 – 19:51 | 2 Comments
Tired of hearing about Danica? Then quit talking about her

First rule of complaining about media coverage: Whether it’s a philandering golfer or a foot in mouth and ink on hand politician, if you’re sick of hearing about someone don’t say something that’s going to …

In search of a Christmas present that doesn’t exist
Monday, 30 Nov, 2009 – 14:20 | Comments Off
In search of a Christmas present that doesn’t exist

Damn you, Juan Pablo Montoya.
No, I’m not talking about that little hoo-ha at the end of the last race that led NASCAR officials to tell you to park it for two laps. That was as …

Mamma, don’t let your babies grow up to be race fans
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 23:26 | Comments Off

It was the most spectacular crash – and not in a good way – since the one about six months earlier at that same track. A track driver Mark Martin calls “the lotto” because winning …

A boy, a race and his regular weekend date
Monday, 19 Oct, 2009 – 13:37 | Comments Off
A boy, a race and his regular weekend date

I can’t remember why it started – I think my mom might have called earlier the day of the race and mentioned that it was going to be on TV that night.
But I do remember …

The bubba-ification of the California kids
Monday, 12 Oct, 2009 – 11:55 | Comments Off
The bubba-ification of the California kids

Warning to any California dude who’s thinking of marrying a hillbilly girl. Consider carefully before taking those vows, even if her daddy’s shotgun is aimed at your ear, because there are ramifications for you and …