What I Did on My Summer Vacation

In just a few days, I’ll be heading out with the kids (who are really young adults at this point) on a week-long getaway. We’ve gone lots of places over the years, with more than a few adventures….and several misadventures as well. While I didn’t go on vacation much as a child, and rarely did […]

Goal, Interrupted

How many times have you set out towards a goal, only to have life throw an obstacle in your path? Did it stop you, slow you down, or send you in a different direction? I can’t count the times that I’ve set a goal, committed myself to it, made it public……only to have something get […]

Customer Detention

Many of us have had to wade through circuituous interactive voice response (IVR) systems, or struggle through clunky call agent scripts to deal with a customer service issue. Few people, however, have experienced the epic service battle that AOL VP Ryan Block experienced. After 9 years with Comcast, Ryan chose a new provider, and called […]

3 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Have you ever been stuck in one place, without making any progress? Whether it’s writers’ block, losing weight, or moving towards a goal, I think we all have had times where things just seem to be ‘stuck’, with no way to move forward. There have been many times when I’ve sat, motionless, staring at a […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #7: Generations

Star Trek: Generations was the movie that bridged the original series cast with The Next Generation cast – the plot device was that both Kirk and the TNG crew were sent to the same time period through something called The Nexus – which was a rift in time where there was NO sense of time….you […]

Happy Anniversary!

July 9, 2004 – A normal day, or so it seemed. It was a sunny Friday. The kids were watching TV, the babysitter had the afternoon off, and had gone off to a concert. I was casually practicing riding my motorcycle in the elementary school parking lot. I didn’t have my license yet, but  was […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #5: The Final Frontier

As the Star Trek movie series episodes evolved, a few things became apparent – the cast was aging, and special effects alone couldn’t make the movies stand out. It was a hit and miss formula…which generated the axiom that if you wanted to see a good Star Trek movie….just watch the even numbered ones. That’s […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #4: The Voyage Home

One of the most enjoyable Star Trek movies, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home treads a familiar path for Star Trek fans – what happens when you take people from the future and place them in current times? Fish out of water stories have long been popular, and time travel stories go back at least […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #3: The Search for Spock

After dealing with Spock’s heroic sacrifice in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I was excited to see that the next Star Trek movie was titled “The Search for Spock”……maybe he wasn’t really gone! That was enough of a hook to get me back in the theaters.  This movie was the first to be […]

What I Learned From Star Trek Movies #2: The Wrath of Khan

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture made enough money to justify a sequel, you could almost hear millions of Star Trek fans breathe a sigh of relief. NOW….we’d get to see a REAL Star Trek movie. Well, we almost didn’t.  The Motion Picture was over budget and underwhelmed at the box office. It made just […]