For this year’s Halloween costume, we traveled to Hill Valley, California in November 1955.

Apparently, there’s a show on Netflix that involves a really smart dog who invents things and once adopted a boy named Sherman, and now they have a show together that involves interviewing persons who’ve traveled through time in a “waybac” machine the dog invented. My children like it, so when we got a box in the mail from Netflix containing talk show props and masks to reenact the show, they were on board.  Our only problems were a lack of a working time machine and the fact that…

When my boy turned 7 a month ago, the only toy he requested was “Rescue Bots,” and he specifically wanted an Optimus Prime.  Lucky for him, the Birthday Fairy brought him just that, and after some assembly, all was right with the world (the Grandparent Fairies gave him Legos, but that has no relevance to this post). So, when Hasbro reached out to me about my interest in letting my boy try out some Rescue Bots as part of its “Playskool Heroes” campaign*, my natural response was, “Well,…

The impetus for a trip to Chicago was the National Organization of Veterans Advocates semi-annual conference, but really I wanted to bring my family to see one of my favorite cities and to return to where my bride and I went more than ten years ago to my friend Jesse’s wedding (just before we got married).  Thanks to my friend Jim, we had a 2/2 to stay in just a few blocks from my conference–right on the water and just 5 floors below Jim!  That way, I knew…

Sometimes a man needs to hop on a plane to attend a party with over 6 million people.  Science and psychology tell us this is the best way to spend our discretionary funds, but I’d do it even if they didn’t. The idea for last week’s trip was actually hatched more than a decade ago, when I was deployed to Iraq in austere and dangerous conditions for the summer of 2003. My constant companion and “battle buddy” during my first overseas deployment was Shane.  Sometimes when we were…