The Hunt for Red October

A great read by Tom Clancy and so technical that I feel he explains it well enough that I could pull a five-hundred foot long nuclear attack submarine out of dock and head to open sea. Just like in the movie, the Russians have lost a huge nuclear submarine. The headline said they lost it,Continue reading “The Hunt for Red October”

No Complaints

When it comes to dining out, I possess a great deal of empathy for people employed in the food service industry, from the dishwasher trainee to the prissy Executive Chef; all of them. In my career, and you have heard this a thousand times before, I’m sure, but I started at the lowest of theContinue reading “No Complaints”

It’s Not What You Know

It’s who you know. No question about it. In some Middle Eastern cultures, they believe that everyone has “markers” in their life that guide, inform, and help them as they make their way through this world. I’ve had several myself; I include my big brother Ed as one, as he was very supportive of meContinue reading “It’s Not What You Know”

For Real?

It can’t be real life. This guy Nick Fuentes is a white supremacist? Did he get dropped on his head when he was a baby? Somebody, anybody needs to explain to him that his ancestors would be slaves and workers in the REAL white supremacists’ houses, businesses and plantations. Or they might be squatting inContinue reading “For Real?”

Crazy World

I was just writing about Brittany Griner yesterday, and JoJo is finally prepared to talk with BabyHead Putin about a prisoner exchange. Not that I am claiming any sort of influence, but it is interesting timing. We are always hearing about fires, and many encroach on my old west coast home in Santa Barbara, butContinue reading “Crazy World”

Getting it Just Right

Perfectionists.  I am one. Sometimes. Often confused with obsessive-compulsive behavior, there are several schools of thought that address it. One is the idealist, the person who actually believes perfection is possible. The other school posits that perfection is not possible. Of the two, the former is way more palatable to me because at bare minimum,Continue reading “Getting it Just Right”

Board Games

I didn’t talk to my stepfather for two weeks because he beat me in chess one time. It had taken me years to get to the point where I could finally beat him and like the terrible winner I was, I didn’t let a day go by without reminding him who was the chess masterContinue reading “Board Games”

Details

Being a Michelin-starred chef requires details like you can’t believe. How about breaking down a complete steer and have less than 10% waste when you are done? How about planning out a wedding for two-hundred guests? How about executing a champagne brunch for 500? I really enjoyed planning weddings because our clientele never seemed toContinue reading “Details”

The Blame Game

Everyone does it. Not many people are evolved enough to go through life without blaming someone or something. For the most part, I am good with my spot on the totem pole of athletes. Nowhere near the top, but also no way near the bottom either. When you combine a fierce resolve to win withContinue reading “The Blame Game”

Beer

I used to love beer. As a chaser. See, I was hardcore. I didn’t drink alcohol to appreciate the centuries of unparalleled craftsmanship, nor the age-old traditions that spawned legendary concoctions throughout history. I drank to get fucked up. Not to be sociable; I’m already sociable. Not to be funny; I’m already hilarious. I didn’tContinue reading “Beer”