Clogging up Texas

March 15, 2023–When I first came to Texas, I almost got sent back over the Red River. It was at a club in San Antonio when I asked a native Texan where I might attend the ballet. What followed was awkward silence and a stare that made me feel like I was in a saloon in...

Accounting 101

Jan 18, 2023–Do you balance your checkbook every month? Years ago Buck Henry said he got to the point when he received his monthly bank statement, he just wrote down the amount it said he had, and never bothered to reconcile again. To his amazement and gratification,...

Stream Dreams

Dec 28, 2022–I’m a basketball fan who has been unable to watch any broadcast games since 1999 when our TV antenna quit working. To see the first Spurs championship run, I had to go to 87 Ice Box which my wife didn’t like because I was also watching the kids. But they...

Naughty v Nice

Dec 14, 2022–With Christmas a’coming, the good boys and girls are sorting themselves out from the bad boys and girls. The other day, I heard a child ask if he could have a treat because he had been “a good boy.” It hurt my ears. Because throughout my life as a parent...

Junk Drawers

Nov 30, 2022–This week I achieved what scientists said can’t be done: I cleaned out three junk drawers. Junk drawers are the black holes of housekeeping. All objects within 50 yards of an empty drawer are inexorably sucked into it, never to emerge. The only...