Posts Tagged ‘watercolors’


They had warned him about the dangers …

September 28, 2011

Please don’t take this the wrong way.  I’m not trying to make fun of people who tan.  I’m only making fun of people who tan successfully.  (If you can only fluctuate between pale and red like me, you’ll understand.)


Gray pride.

September 16, 2011

This week my Grandfather (Dad’s Dad) passed away.  He was raised in a coal mining town in Pennsylvania.  Like most of his generation, he fought in WWII.  The stories he told about his time in France were especially fascinating.

One of my favorites was about a time that he and two other men were separated from their unit in France.  They had a jeep and were driving frantically through some back country roads searching for any friendly forces.  As they drove through one small village they were swamped by a growing crowd that eventually pulled them from their jeep.  The people of this particular village thought that they were being liberated by the three lost Americans.  My Grandfather said that there was dancing, speeches, and an even an impromptu parade in their honor.  As none of the Americans spoke French and none of the villagers spoke English, they had to stay until the crowd thinned enough that they could drive on.

After WWII he came back to the states and found a job as a stock boy for Hallmark Cards.  He worked hard and managed to earn promotion after promotion in the company.  When he retired from the company in the 80’s he had earned the title of Vice President.  It isn’t often that someone moves from the lowest to one of the highest positions in a Fortune 500 corporation.

Not bad for a coal town kid with no formal education.


His sense of style is “tres Sheik.”

September 1, 2011

My wife and I have many shared interests.  I would even go so far as to say that we do (and enjoy) most things together.  One of the few exceptions is Project Runway.  For those who haven’t seen it, Project Runway is a reality show following a group of fashion designers who compete for fame and fortune.

I can’t stand it.

At all.

Maybe I don’t like it because I’m a guy.  Maybe I don’t like it because I have no fashion sense.  Maybe I don’t like it because I don’t like the drama and infighting of the designers.

But maybe (just maybe) I don’t like it because it’s just a terrible show.


Who likes their BLTs with extra bacon?

August 3, 2011

I do.



Beware of prolonged exposure to PBS.

July 27, 2011

When we were first married, my wife and I lived in an area where we received only three TV stations:  ABC, Telemundo, and PBS.  Since ABC had a very fuzzy picture and neither of us speak fluent Spanish, PBS became our go-to station.  We spent the next several years watching nothing but shows like Masterpiece Theater, Mystery, and Antiques Roadshow.  We were never upset about it, but I can remember wishing that we at least had a few more options.

Now we live in a house where we get 100’s of cable channels.  Not only that, we can digitally record any program to watch at a more convenient time.  With all these choices, guess what fills up our DVR?

Masterpiece Theater, Mystery, and the occasional Antiques Roadshow


GI Tract Joe: the educational action figure.

May 9, 2010

Kids love fun so they demand nifty toys.  Moms like learning so they demand educational products.  Companies want to make money so they listen to these demands and create “educational” toys and games.

Moms of the world, we love you – but that doesn’t mean we love toys that make us work to play.  Now you know and knowing is half the battle.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Washington’s less famous false teeth.

May 2, 2010

I drew a Lincoln picture recently, so it was only fair that Washington got one too.  I saw a picture of his real dentures somewhere once.  Frankly, he would have been better off with the vampire fangs.