We didn’t tell the children they’d be spending the weekend preceding the boy’s 6th birthday at one of the 4 Disney theme parks.  I unassumingly signed up for a legal conference covering veterans disability claims to be held in Orlando, booked a room at the Shades of Green resort, and then went about delegating the tasks associated with planning trips to these four parks to my bride (after talking to a couple friends who’d made the trips within the past year to seek advice and, of course, buying…

Growing up in Tennessee, all I knew about Miami was learned from “The Golden Girls,” since I wasn’t allowed to watch “Miami Vice.”  I knew it was nice and that it was a great place to be a geriatric female. A few years later, Will Smith taught me everyone had $100,000 cars and that I’d see Sly Stallone “in the club” (though he failed to reveal which club).  Apparently, Miami is a great place to be old or rich.  But what about for the rest of us? Last…

More than a year ago, my bride read about a class called “Pork U.” offered by Sam Huff from BBQ1 in Garden and Gun magazine.  She tried to enroll me as a birthday present; all classes were full.  She tried again the following year, but all classes for the year sold out in under 30 minutes.  Thursday, she got a call from Sam himself, and she learned there was an opening for Saturday.  I cancelled my plans. I arrived at Sam’s back yard in Kennesaw at 7:30am; I…

Even before the children saw Episodes IV-VI of the original “Star Wars” trilogy (which was a mere 5 weeks ago), they had started streaming “Clone Wars” episodes via Netflix.  I wasn’t sure if these shows were appropriate for small children or not, as they usually turned it on Saturday mornings about 6:30a.m.  I just knew I liked that they knew who Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were. So, when Labor Day weekend rolled around this year, I knew their interest in the annual Dragon*Con parade at 10a.m. Saturday…