Tag: bill maher

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

I’ve written more than once about how co-workers, friends, family, grocery store cashiers, homeless people and serial killers have made fun of my fashion sense — particularly their incorrect perception that I have none. I’m merely a nonconformist — and a frugal nonconformist at that. While I may not follow all the latest celebrities who are considered stylish, I do have plenty of famous fashion icons that I look up to and am inspired by — like Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Spicoli, Tripper Harrison, Cousin Eddie, The Dude and Crazy Jimmy down at the Possum Holler Pool Hall asking folks, “Lemme […]

TRAVELOGUE: Dear Utah, sorry for all the jokes

TRAVELOGUE: Dear Utah, sorry for all the jokes

Visiting Ensign Peak, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City and the surrounding valley (Note: Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the end of this post. Heck, no one reads anymore, so go ahead and check it out now if you want.) I know this is going to surprise a lot of folks, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. Yes, I know a lot of folks who I would say “yes” if anyone asked if they were a friend of mine. And, thanks to having worked in the newspaper business and then with an international nonprofit, […]

Snowflakes on both sides need to hold their taters

Snowflakes on both sides need to hold their taters

There are certain historic moments that no one can forget where they were when they heard the news. Last week we saw another such historic moment when Hasbro announced that it was dropping the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” from the Potato Head toy brand. Ultimately, they clarified that even though they were simply marketing the toy as “Potato Head,” the Mr. and Mrs. elements were not being removed. They were simply being less prevalent in the packaging. I’m pretty sure where I was when I heard the news — probably on the couch and probably watching Fox News because that’s the […]

I can’t make the bed — I’m a genius!

I can’t make the bed — I’m a genius!

(Photo: The desk in my home office as seen in its neatest, most organized state.) I think it’s pretty hard to have a successful marriage if you don’t have a few things in common. For instance, my wife and I have similar taste in TV, politics and music. Granted, our tastes aren’t exactly the same. I’m sure she thinks she’s heard enough of Jimmy Buffett — wrong! — and I think 30 John Mayer songs a day is more than adequate. Yet, she has sat through two Buffett concerts, while I’ve seen three John Mayer concerts. Having connected with Mayer […]

Y’all gotta start letting a few things slide

Y’all gotta start letting a few things slide

Way back in the early 1980s — long before a football player ever knelt for the National Anthem, back when no one carried AR-15s into the store to get milk and when wearing a mask into the liquor store was more likely to get you arrested than a “thank you” — a wise soul gave me some sage advice that sticks with me today: “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life.” I can’t remember exactly who told me that, but the word Tootie […]