This is stupid. In a cloud atop Mount Diller, I break out the map and compass. The plan was to climb Mount Diller, then work along the ridgeline leading to Lassen Peak. Bivvy somewhere near the summit, and head back down tomorrow. But this is stupid. I can’t see fifty feet, much less my next...
“Jealous?” The youngest effortlessly ambles down the stairs ahead of me and looks up. I’ve a new downward stair procedure given the toe thing, and it’s not exactly fast. I smile because, just walking is its own small miracle. Four cars and one truck have hit me so far, and that last one blew up...
Statement of Purpose
Protect and provide for my family.
Through my work and volunteer service, level the playing field for as many children as possible.
Be resolutely American.
Maybe thirteen, maybe fourteen. I’m asked how many kids are on the Seaside High baseball team this season and can’t give an exact answer. Basketball is winding down and three bballers might join the squad in the weeks ahead. Ten or eleven at practice, so far.
Maybe ten, maybe eleven. It’s...
Tuneage Countdown 2018
First, eighteen or thereabouts albums that won’t disappoint.
18. (tie) Old 97s – Hate The Holidays // David Bowie – Live at Glastonbury
An Old 97s holiday album? You had me at Old 97s. And then a pleasant run through of Bowie’s hits? Ok.
17. Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your...
I’m a dork. And pretty slow on the uptake, too.
Regarding the former, the physical therapy grinds on. Eighty percent of the left foot toes are doing fine, but the big one just won’t bend and I’m pretty sure it’s a skeletal thing that’s gonna require more surgery. Be that as it may, the...
Just the song in my heart. That’s a strange thing to say at a moment like this. Look down. That’s an impressive pool of blood. Lake Craig is creeping out into the whatever you call the area beyond the emergency room curtain. Informed of the SUV making my weekend more kinetic, Lesley texts from...
The sun is setting. The gators are restless. Gators with a capital “G”. A dozen nine year-olds have stopped practice to be part of the show. There’s an unveiling to pull off and the Seaside Pony League Gators are here so let’s have them pull the tarp off the sign.
The top-secret sign has been...
Countdown - Honor Among Thieves
Watching the Spartans whup on the boys from Watsonville, the question arises; at what point do you stop stealing bases against an opponent? To settle this deep, philosophical question, which has daunted mankind since we crawled out of the primordial ooze (i.e. pre-baseball), here is the definitive...
I gotta lose some weight. A hundred and fifty pounds, or thereabouts. It’s the only way I have any hope of regaining the crown of fastest go-karter in the Malin household.
A week with Colin on Spring Break in Seattle has come and gone, too quickly. I lost at everything. Karting. Rally...
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