Chris Johnson

No one wants to get East Bound and Down anymore

No one wants to get East Bound and Down anymore

The United States has been gripped by a truck driver shortage for a few years now, and it has become even more painful now that pretty much everybody now has omicron, which is my least favorite Transformer ever. This has led to clogged ports and tragedies at local grocery stores, where little old ladies are attacking managers with stale baguettes and screaming things like “How come you ain’t got no cream cheese?!” and “Thanks, Joe!” Meanwhile, adolescent kids on interstate highways are having trouble finding truck drivers who will blow the horn when they do that little arm-pull signal. Thankfully, […]

My new nonprofit will help a group whose suffering is often overlooked

My new nonprofit will help a group whose suffering is often overlooked

The past decade of my professional life has been 99 percent dedicated to nonprofit causes that help people in need, preferably with a hand-up instead of a handout. Sure, I sit down and write a little Nobel Prize for Literature contending book every now and then or spend a good 20 minutes knocking out another Pulitzer Award for Commentary contender for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. But, mainly, I work my tail off so that other folks’ lives might be a little better. Every now and then, though, I run across a group of folks in need that falls through the cracks […]

This year I resolve to have important resolutions only

This year I resolve to have important resolutions only

New Year’s Eve/Day used to be my favorite holiday. Granted, a few different holidays have had that distinction over the years. Of course, as a child Christmas was my favorite holiday because, you know, toys. Then someone hacked Santa’s website and put me on the naughty list, and the toys stopped coming. After the hack, some folks in India — usually named “Steve” or “Mary” — began to call and warn me that the extended warranty on my tricycle was about to expire. (I couldn’t ever verify the make and model of my tricycle because the cord on that wall […]

Some Christmas songs just hit you like wham

Some Christmas songs just hit you like wham

I’m one of those folks who gets irritated when they see Christmas decorations in early November or hear Christmas songs on the radio weeks before Thanksgiving — especially those stations that switch to an all-Christmas format somewhere around November 1. I know a lot of folks fret about some “War on Christmas,” but if you’re one of those who defended Christmas from the evil-doers, you should be happy — you won! There’s only one time I want to hear Christmas music, and it’s during this week. Christmas music at Christmastime … what a concept! Still, there’s a lot of Christmas […]

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The No. 1 song the day I was born was “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles. It was their 20th and last No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 in the United States. And it’s a fitting song for the beginning of my life’s musical soundtrack because (1) it’s been a long and winding road and (B) The Beatles have been at both ends of it. Recently we watched Peter Jackson’s three-part rock doc “Let It Be” about The Beatles’ final recording sessions. It was interesting but not fascinating. The main takeaway was that they had run their […]

2022: The Year in Preview

2022: The Year in Preview

When your year begins with an exciting live-action episode of “The Walking Dead” filmed at the U.S. Capitol with thousands of frothing-at-the-mouth, brainless zombies, you know it’s going to be an interesting year. And 2021 certainly was that. But it’s time to put all that behind us — even though lawmakers are still investigating the January 6 insurrection, former President Trump is still pretending he won the 2020 election, and CNN complains that people give Trump too much airtime while never going three minutes without using the word “Trump.” Unfortunately, 2022 is shaping up to be much, much more of […]

Quest for seafood leads to quest just to see food

Quest for seafood leads to quest just to see food

Photo: This is definitely what I had in mind for a seafood dinner A couple weeks ago, I noted that we had chosen to spend Thanksgiving at the beach. We wound up having a delicious Thanksgiving Day lunch on Saint Simons Island and then spent the next few nights on Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s true treasures. We usually prefer to stay in condos so that we can cook a few meals of our own. But this was a short trip with just the two of us, so we decided to stay in a hotel for a change. It was […]

Peter Jackson’s “Get Back” interesting, but falls short of “McCartney 3, 2, 1”

Peter Jackson’s “Get Back” interesting, but falls short of “McCartney 3, 2, 1”

As a child of Baby Boomers, I grew up hearing a lot of music by The Beatles, a band that broke up shortly before I was born. As I grew up, I was more and more amazed by how much music The Beatles produced in such a short window of existence as a band and how anyone could just give that up after basically just a decade of work. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting “Get Back,” the three-part rock doc by Peter Jackson about The Beatles’ rapid, chaotic production of their final album, and the work leading up to their […]