• The Day I Pumped Gas with Eddie Van Halen

    I have an entire shelf of books here in my office — stuff I’ve bought or been given over the years but haven’t had time to read. My “someday” shelf. This Van Halen book is on it. Gonna force myself to read it soon. But first, a story. During my senior year at Pepperdine, I …

    October 6, 2020
  • All-In on Grocery Delivery Services

    When it comes to “pandemic changes” that we’re going to continue doing/using after the pandemic ends, grocery delivery is pretty high on the list. I’d never done grocery delivery until this hit back in the spring, and now I’m totally sold on it. Since Cari is a real estate agent, her weekends are often spent …

    September 11, 2020
  • My Best & Worst Quarantine TV Shows

    Like most of us, I’ve been watching a lot more TV during the pandemic than I have in years. Maybe ever. And no lie, a lot of it has been much better than I expected. So, in a nod back to my “Average Matt” days of doing movie reviews for friends’ podcast, here’s a list …

    September 1, 2020
  • New Menu Addition: Pico de Burger

    Every week we get a fresh farm-to-table delivery from a farm co-op/community supported agriculture group in our area. It’s sooooo good. The most recent delivery had Roma tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, and fresh cilantro — pretty much the only stuff you need for pico de gallo. So I made a batch the same night …

    August 2, 2020
  • 2020 Primary Election Voting Record

    I’ve been tracking my own voting record (and publishing it here) for years as a way to make sure I’m not blindly following one party or one person. While I really dislike the existing two-party-dominated system, I generally think there are good ideas on both the conservative and liberal sides of the aisle. (And bad …

    August 2, 2020
  • Young Pepperdine Sportscasters (Circa 1989-1990)

    This photo is a snapshot of what hope and dreams looks like … or looked like … back around 1989 or 1990. That’s me on the left and my Pepperdine sportscasting partner, Kent Justice, on the right, at a men’s basketball game. I really have no clue when and where the photo was taken, but …

    July 19, 2020