The New Abnormal – Chapter 8

Over a few days, I began to adjust to the routine at the rehab hospital. My TV was turned on, and visitors brought me books and magazines. I became a fan of watching old films on Turner Classic Movies  and became a whiz at Sudoku puzzles. They slowly introduced real food back into the plan. […]

Breathe – Chapter 7

  Peace was my intake nurse at Mt. Vernon hospital. She was friendly, but very business-like as she got all my vital signs recorded. She was very competent, but I could tell she was very stressed out at the same time. I wasn’t sure whether it was my condition, or just her workload. Every nurse I’ve […]

Rough Ride – Chapter 6

The next morning, I woke up, and saw the orderly putting my clothes and other items into a bag. They told me I was being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital on the other side of the county. While being in critical care was difficult, at least it was less than 5 miles from the house. […]

Shattered – Chapter 5

When I woke up in the hospital, I had been moved from the main emergency room to a side area. It must have been a full 24 hours later, because my wife was next to the bed. She had driven back home from North Carolina as fast as she could. I asked about the kids, […]

Dazed and Confused – Chapter 4

My mind was reeling as I tried to figure out what had happened.  I was lying on my back, looking up at the sky through the opening in my helmet. I could feel some scrapes on my hands and arms, even though I was wearing gloves and a jacket…..and a searing pain was running down […]

Hitting the Wall – Chapter 3

Throughout the Spring and early Summer of 2014, I spent my spare time practicing riding my Honda around the neighborhood. I had a full-face helmet, riding gloves, an armored jacket, heavy jeans and riding boots – having all the right equipment was important to me. I also watched a lot of videos and spent time […]

Mid-Life Crisis – Chapter 2

When I was in my early 40’s, I was probably having what you would call a ‘mid-life’ crisis. Lots of people go through a phase where they’re bored, in a rut, or wanting to try things that hey hadn’t done before. I’ve always loved to try new things – and usually, the faster, the better.  […]

Get Out the Door! (the book)

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete, and to look at me, you wouldn’t think so, either. In 2012, I was 51 years old, 80 lbs overweight, depressed and dealing with a ton of personal challenges. By 2014, I went from being a complete couch potato to achieving several goals that would be the envy of […]

Mister Fix-it

When my kids were younger, they used to have a saying….. “Dad can fix it….he can fix ANYTHING.” Between YouTube, Google and RepairHelp.com, I’ve saved lots of money, and kept several appliances running way longer than expected. I (unfortunately), some times fall into the trap of believing my own hype.   Once, my wife called from […]

No-Drive List

On today’s 9/11 milestone, it’s sobering to think about all the lives lost, sacrifices made, and heroic efforts in the wake of that tragedy. Even in scary times, however, some times, you can find a funny story (even if you would rather it happened to someone else). In 2001, I worked 2 blocks from the […]