Category Archives: Life as I Know it

Column: I’m probably about halfway there now

Last week, I told you I should write a whole column just about aging one of these weeks. That week is this week. As I believe I’ve bemoaned in this space before, I’m going to turn 40 later this year. That means, if I’m lucky, my life is probably about half over or, if I […]

Column: I used to be more of a Kirk

When I was a kid, Star Trek was something fun to watch on a Saturday evening on what was then WPIX, channel 11. When I was about 19 or so, Star Trek was basically my religion. I was never one of those guys who put on pointed ears or dressed up as Andorian Ambassador Shras […]

Column: A new obsession, just in time

I am a man of great, but specific, enthusiasms. Let’s start there. Mack Bolan. Any idea who that is? You might have, but I didn’t until a few weeks ago and now he’s almost all I think about. I’ll explain, shall I? As we’ve discussed to some extent before, I love pulp fiction. We just […]

Column: May the funny one win?

I’ve always gotten by being the funny one. It was late in elementary school when I realized it wasn’t going to be my looks or my athletic prowess—and certainly not my dire lack of both—that was going to carry the day for me, if in fact I was ever going to win any days. It […]

Column: The best places I’ve never lived

First of all, thank you to everyone who wrote in suggesting things I should do during my 12-hour layover in Chicago this past weekend. I took the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise, which was the most suggested thing, and it was great. In fact, my whole do-it-yourself Amtrak residency to get started on my next […]