Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny

“Harry. Stay awake.” That was the note Justice Antonin Scalia slipped to Justice Harry Blackmun during the final argument of the 1990-91 term, on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act allowed town supervisors to restrict aerial spraying over a rural Wisconsin tree farm. (It did.) Passing such notes is apparently not that unusual, … Continue reading Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny

Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

It was sometime during the winter of 1980. I was going to grad school out in Pittsburgh, and I had volunteered to teach a juggling class at the local YMCA. As you might expect, it wasn't a big draw. But as fate would have it, one of the local TV stations in Pittsburgh (KDKA) wanted … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

David Whitlock has not showered or bathed for 15 years, yet he does not have body odor. “If I get a specific part of my body dirty, then I’ll wash that specific part” – but never with soap. Sarah Ballantyne uses only water to wash, even though she is “at the gym sweating buckets six … Continue reading You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Earlier this week Good Morning America did a feature story on something I had never heard of, the "Sunday Scaries". As the story notes, the Sunday Scaries, Sunday Night Blues, or Sunday Depression are all terms used to describe the anticipatory anxiety, the feeling of dread, for the week ahead. It's a phenomenon that has … Continue reading Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

It's an odd story, but as a proud member of a group that is often ridiculed for no apparent reason, one that I can relate to. Not all the details are in, but apparently a clown is responsible for a huge brawl that broke out on a cruise ship. Here's an excerpt from today's New … Continue reading Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

I still remember it from 40 years ago. A bunch of guys in our dorm had t-shirts made that said in big letters "Disco Sucks", and we all decided to wear them around campus the same day. I can recall before even going into my first classroom that day and my face was already bright … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I Can’t Even…

Long-time readers of my blog (i.e., my wife and children) will likely recognize where this photo comes from. For the rest of you, this photo was featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in its most recent story about men's fashion. This post marks the fifth one I've written about the crazy men's fashion stories that … Continue reading I Can’t Even…

Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

I stopped drinking alcohol about eight years ago, basically for health reasons. I will admit I missed the taste of beer, so I would occasionally have a non-alcoholic beer, like O'Douls. (I should also point out that I eat fake hamburgers and drink decaf coffee - I know, what a crazy life I lead). I … Continue reading Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

I Think I Might Be Part Finn

The Wall Street Journal's A-HED story today was titled, "Small Talk Is Tough for Finns. So They’re Taking Lessons. ‘I Love Your Shirt.’" As soon as I saw the headline, my first thought was that the Finns sounds like my kind of people. The story notes that in Norway's cafes, restaurants, buses, trains, and saunas, … Continue reading I Think I Might Be Part Finn