• 2020 Was the Year

    It’s December 31. We have about 3.5 hours left in 2020 as I type this. As is often the case on New Year’s Eve, I’m in a reflective frame of mind. Aside from going to the occasional minor league hockey game, which is a Dec. 31 tradition in the Tri-Cities, I’ve never been much for …

    December 31, 2020
  • Kinda Proud of Myself for This Christmas Decoration Hack

    This photo above is from Christmas 2018 and shows what the front patio area of our house looks like in a normal year when I do the exterior Christmas decorations. I’ve skipped a couple years recently for personal reasons — including last year. With all that we’ve gone through in 2020, though, I was really …

    December 26, 2020
  • Politics Then. Politics Now.

    It’s the eve of what’s commonly being called “the most important election of our lives.” In addition to the non-stop encouragements to vote, the last couple months have also been filled with reminders for all of us to take care of ourselves, protect our mental health, to stay calm and control our emotions no matter …

    November 2, 2020
  • 2020 General Election Voting Record

    Don’t think I’ve ever voted so quickly in my life! Our ballots arrived in the mail on Thursday (I think), and as soon as I wrapped up my work day, I grabbed the WA state voter’s guide and started going through the ballot to cast my votes. About 30-45 minutes later, I was finished! Normally …

    October 17, 2020
  • 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