It had a doll in it from Netflix’s new show, Project MC2, which is about smart girls who use their science skills to save the world (or their city…or something), but included in the box were little science experiments and a miniature lava lamp, which excited her greatly, because she got a full sized lava lamp for her birthday from one of her little friends whose parents (presumably) smoke lots of weed, and now her doll can have a lava lamp, too! When the show started this month,…






When I posted something about wanting folks to join me at the Atlanta BBQ festival on Facebook a couple months ago, and Doug (who lives in Ann Arbor) expressed interest in coming down, I thought for sure he was kidding.  Turns out, he wasn’t, because a few hours before the festival, he was sitting in my office. We went to Atlantic Station for the festival and began the critical task of trying as much of the different bbq ribs, pulled pork, and brisket as we could possibly hold. …






Nearly 20 years ago when I first moved here, I was talking to a girl named Lori who worked with me at IBM, and she asked, “Have you had a chance to ‘shoot the hooch‘ yet?” and I had no idea what that meant.  But, a few days ago, when a neighbor on Craigslist put his used canoe on there, I wrote him a check.  Last Sunday, I took 2 pool “noodles” and some cargo straps, attached the canoe to the roof of my bride’s Odyssey, and we…






“The Emerald Coast” is how self-proclaimed sophisticated people (or local travel agents) refer to the area of land in the Florida panhandle that touches the Gulf of Mexico.  Part of it–Panama City–is often labeled the “Redneck Riviera,” but really all of the area could pretty much earn this moniker.  It’s pretty, though, and I just happen to have a continuing legal education seminar down there every couple years, which means a visit can be tax-deductible.  This was such a year, so we drove to Sandestin from Atlanta, stopping…