10 things no one likes to do

1) Cleaning up dog poop from your front yard when you don’t own a damn dog.

2) Paying for dental work when you can’t see inside your own mouth and that blurry black and white photo they showed you could have been abstract art.

3) Paying taxes for last year because apparently you are privileged to be middle class, but don’t feel very privileged or middle of anything.

4) Explaining why the tooth fairy forgot this time.

5) Having an hour long political debate because you were stupid enough to make an offhand statement on current events as an icebreaker.

6) Going to eat pho with your non Asian friend and finally explaining after the hundredth question that you actually aren’t Vietnamese and don’t know what all the stuff in the bowl is. It just tastes good.

7) Explaining your job to someone that assumes they already know your job. Yes I was in the Air Force, no I didn’t fly planes. Yes I work in IT, no I can’t fix your motherboard.

8) Going in for an endoscopy and finding out it’s actually a colonoscopy.

9) Doing End of the Year reviews and then having to do first quarter reviews and expectations literally two weeks later.

10) Helping someone troubleshoot their cell phone issues when they start the conversation with “your people didn’t make this one very well.”

-Opinionated Man


Why can’t I be fully happy. And learn to love what I love. Place the past in a burning tower. And watch the smoke rise up above.

Come peaceful self by accepting self. God looks down when we cower. Yet I look up, always up. Watching the sky each hour.



W.E.B. Griffin

My mother, Susan Cushman, gave me the first book of this series and it’s my favorite collection of books on the corps. It’s better than any movie you could watch. I immediately bought the series and read every book a few hundred times each (don’t ask why, I reread books over and over). I always thought it was funny that Griffin seemed to skip from one part of the war to another in the middle of the series… it was really odd, but I wrote it off as just his style.

15 years later I finally have book shelves and all my series books are lined up in order. I now realize why the story skipped ahead!

I was missing a book this whole time and it was book 6 of a series of 10!!! I always thought I was a pretty good reader.

How did I miss a title for 15 years?!?!?!?! Duh…



I feel an anger in my midst.

Or is it a complacency that I dismiss.

An awakening of feelings to become.

As feelings churn like a rising sun.

Can this rage feel so warm?

Like a boiling egg I grab too soon.

Dare to crack the surface made.

And succumb to the price that’s paid.