Wednesday, November 27, 2013


You know you’re turning into a New Yorker when you get annoyed that people in front of you aren’t jaywalking.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Apple Picking

Back in September, I was initiated into the Northeast tradition of apple picking during the Fall when Diana and I drove out of the city and stayed at Ashford Cottage in Warwick.

I've stayed at a lot of bed and breakfasts before and Ashford Cottage is one of my favorites.  Terry, the innkeeper was a total riot and Irish to boot so there were little touches throughout the house like the Gaelic blessing above the door and the sleeping leprechauns in the entryway (it's no secret that I'm totally in love with Ireland).  The house itself was tasteful and immaculate to an extent I didn't know was possible.

The apple picking was great fun -- perhaps the first time I really felt the East coast had something I would miss in California.  We ate deliciously sweet apples straight from the tree and filled whatever room was left in our bellies with cider.

Please see our pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Above and Beyond

To My Office Janitor,

At first I was annoyed that my coffee mug would disappear from my desk over the weekend.  See, I would go looking for the mug on Monday morning, desperate for my morning coffee.  I searched everywhere until one time I thought that maybe, just maybe it was where a mug should be on Monday morning: in the kitchen cupboard, washed, cleaned, and ready for coffee.  And there it was.

It's been several weeks now and my mug's magical disappearing and reappearing act has continued without fail.  Except that it's not really magic at all.  It's you, your diligence, thoughtfulness, and hard work.  I'm always amazed when I meet people like you, people who go above and beyond no matter what it is they are doing.  There is often no reward yet you do it anyway.

So I dedicate this Monday-morning coffee to you.  You are awesome.

With All My Gratitude,


Monday, September 2, 2013


I saw a gorgeous rainbow today that formed from rain falling from a cloud and evaporating before hitting the ground.  The effect was a multi-hue curtain hanging in the sky.  What really caught my eye though, was a dark spec among one of the colors.  I thought it was a grain of dust on my windshield but then I realized that tiny dot was an airplane buried in the vastness of a single color in the rainbow.  It was an awesome feeling seeing something as benign as a rainbow epically dwarf the largest of human creations in the sky.