IMPORTANT NOTE: The conversation below is paraphrased. These are not exact quotes. You’ll see why that’s important soon. But I did have two volunteers right there watching, so I feel confident in saying the gist of it is accurate.
Haddonfield: 6 Observations
I've had some shockingly awkward conversations asking people to help on my campaign. I'm talking friends I've known for 15 years and the calls are a mess.
Scenes from the Summer of Joy
I went camping with my buddies from high school in May. Here was the itinerary... 1) Gather at my buddy, Hal's place. The Immortal Fleet Wash 2) Then drive up into a remote part of a state park to a secluded spot and set up camp. And that's it. We didn't go anywhere and we … Continue reading Scenes from the Summer of Joy
So, what did you talk about?
Just came back from a road trip with Jack. We went to Vestal to see my Dad, visited the Baseball Hall of Fame, Buffalo to see my friend the Chief, then two days in Toronto for Yankees vs Blue Jays. Spectacular. That also meant 20+ hours in the car together. And Shani’s first question is … Continue reading So, what did you talk about?
Stick the Landing
This past week I flew to Chicago to meet with some new clients in person. It had been 2 years, and it was amazing. Plus I got to meet my team in person for the first time. We had dinners out, drinks, conversations in taxi cabs. Then later in the week, my boss from Brazil … Continue reading Stick the Landing
Generally Well Tolerated
I've worked as a writer in healthcare marketing for 25 years. I've written hundred of brochures, websites, and sales tools about dozens of different drugs. And when it comes to side effects, you really aren't allowed to say much. The FDA is very particular about overpromising tolerability. So most of the time you just say … Continue reading Generally Well Tolerated
￼The Adventures of Alex (a story in 2 parts)
Part 1: The Grand Tetons (this story has 35 photos) This past August, like most years, we hit the road for an epic family trip. We hiked Arches National Park in Utah, drove the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, stayed in a bizarro AirBnb in Iowa, saw friends and family – just amazing. A major … Continue reading ￼The Adventures of Alex (a story in 2 parts)
MLB Season: 2021
I was up at 6:00, got Jack up at 6:45, and we were on the road by 7:10 with Jack’s “Everything Mega” mix blasting out The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and in what felt like minutes we’d bounded across Pennsylvania and were pulling into the lot in Pittsburgh, and then a block later we were … Continue reading MLB Season: 2021
Vengeance and Loss in New York City
A little baseball set up... The Houston Astros cheated. In 2017, the Astros and the Yankees faced off in the American League Championship. It was a best-of-seven series and the winner would go on to the World Series. And after an epic battle that went back and forth, the Astros won. They then went on … Continue reading Vengeance and Loss in New York City
The Not Cancer Post
(See video at the end) It was a Saturday afternoon. I was in the living room teaching myself Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen on the guitar. Alex came down. “Dad. I have this lump.” Then he turned and showed me the back of his right thigh. “Woah." A fist-sized blob of flesh was pushing out against … Continue reading The Not Cancer Post
The Coming Out Post
He told Jack first. We were all on a hike, they were up ahead of Shani and me, and he told Jack he was gay. Jack didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. Then he told Shani. She was in the living room. He came up, sat on the ottoman, told her, and … Continue reading The Coming Out Post
Jack just received the following text: The boy has received his first college acceptance. Milkshake! Here is the essay that Jack submitted. He worked really hard on it. Discuss an accomplishment, event, realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others? In 2017, the Yankees made the playoffs … Continue reading First acceptance