Coloring Within The Lines

“Life lesson from the nursery: Broken crayons can still color.” ~Author unknown Way back in the day, at least in the area in which I grew up, kids routinely went through a procedure to have their tonsils removed. I was 6 years old and even though I can’t remember having any issues, I was shipped…

Part II – Things I’ve Learned

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell As far as I can tell, my readership here consists of Mrs. Lawrence, because she wants to know if I’ve written anything bad about her, a handful of loyal customers, Mrs. Connelly, when she wants to know what’s going on in her…

The First Cut Is The Deepest

“Moving on is like celery. It doesn’t taste good and who cares if it’s good for you.” – Me I’ve been thinking about the whole “cutting the cord from my expensive cable” thing. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I thought about it 4 years ago when I bought my 2 (yes 2) Apple TV…

2015 Resolutions. No, Not Mine.

“Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” – Anonymous Many years ago I learned the pointlessness of setting New Years resolutions for myself.  Eat healthier, sleep better, be nicer to people, actually show up at that gym I joined…..yeah, not so much. Instead, in keeping with what…

Dear Santa…..NO!

“Nothing’s as mean as giving a child something useful for Christmas.” – Kin Hubbard Back in the day, Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Connelly (nee Lawrence) were notorious Black Friday shoppers. It was not uncommon for those two to be up and out by 4:00 AM to take advantage of the “best bargains”.  I, on the…

Calm Down, It Was Inevitable

“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else” – Will Rogers There are 195 countries in the world. 196 if you count Taiwan, which for some reason, isn’t counted outside of Taiwan. Within the borders of our world, there are approximately 7.1 billion people, roughly 6,500 spoken languages and 46 different…

And That’s Why I Hate Vacations

“Hello….is there anybody in there?” – Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb I just returned from a week long vacation at an incredibly beautiful and peaceful location. And I’m stressed out of my mind. As you may, or may not know, Mrs. Lawrence and I own our own separate businesses. Mine can be described as “busy”, whereas…

When Is Enough, Enough?

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”….Unknown (Often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein) Back in the mid ’90’s, as my daughter rapidly approached her teen years, I was elated to see that she was developing a voracious appetite for reading. Indeed, during those lean years, some minor sacrifices were made…

For Sale….Really (Vol. 2)

“I couldn’t wait for success so I went ahead without it”. – Anon. Back in December, I wrote my first “For Sale…Really” post. Surprisingly, a lot of you (well, really just a couple of you) said that you enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to make it a semi-annual thing.  The original post dealt primarily with…

We Won’t Know Until We Know

If I may paraphrase Robert Frost, and since this is my blog, I may, “Nothing Good Can Stay”. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve no doubt heard by now that Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on, arguably, their best and most popular operating system, Windows XP.  Released for sale in October 2001,…