Deadbeat Daddy (October 4, 2000)

Seventeen years ago I swore on my wife’s grave that I would keep our family together and watch our two baby boys graduate high school as good men. It sure hasn’t been a walk in the park, I’ll say that. You could have searched the globe and not found a fellow more unsuited or unprepared […]

Working the Pit (July 25, 2001)

There have been times in my life when I didn’t have a job, a car, a house or much more than the clothes on my back. But I have always had a baseball glove.  I love The Game, whether it be as a player or spectator. I played in Little League as long as they […]

Cutting Line (Aug. 14, 2002)

Fighting wildland fires for a living is a real good way to get yourself hurt or killed, and make damn little money in the process. I have often wondered what would make a person literally risk their life to stop a fire that would have to move fast and free for 80 miles before it […]

A Hole In California

I used to think there wasn’t much a hole in the ground could do. The hole could get bigger, or it could get smaller. And that’s about it. But I’ve recently learned that a hole in the ground can not only suck an enormous amount of money, time and energy from a fellow, it can […]