Married and In Love?

When I proposed to my wife, I wasn’t sure I loved her. We had been together for a little over a year and gotten to know each other pretty well.  I enjoyed spending time with Jenny, but did I really truly madly love her?  In hindsight, I probably rushed into proposing to her, but at […]

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How to Score a Weekend w/out the Kids

You might not know it if you met me on the street, worked with me in an office, or read my blog posts, but I’m an introvert.  Going to parties and bars make me sweaty, public speaking requires a lot of pre-speech pacing and pump up talks, and I always seem to make introductions and […]

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Hope or Desperation

I haven’t written a post in a while mainly because I haven’t been feeling creative.  Even now, I worry that this attempt will turn into yet another draft in my MS Word docs that never sees the publish button.  Where has the creative juice gone that brought you such epics as Last Life and Marry […]

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The Problem With Language

In 2006, my girlfriend and I were driving back from a skiing trip.  During the car ride we dreamed aloud how it would be fun to live in a foreign country one day.  In hindsight, I was probably just agreeing with her to sound equally impressive with grandiose plans for the future.  The next day, […]

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Self Help Yourself

The first self-help book I ever read was Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Without overstatement, this book changed my life.  At the time of my first reading, I was in my early twenties trying to determine what I wanted to get out of my existence here on this planet.  I’m still wrestling […]

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Our Imperfect Lives

Have you ever heard something so profound that your life was changed on the spot?  Maybe it was a powerful sermon in church or a motivational speech from a coach.  Or, maybe it was the first time a crush said they, “liked you”.  Or, maybe it was the first time you heard, “Luke, I am […]

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No Need for Purpose

This is the sequel (or maybe it’s the prequel) to “What Do You Do All Day.” One of the by-products at being terrible at living in the moment is my brain is usually off thinking about some big question or idea.  These thoughts are usually along the lines of, “is there a guy on this […]

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What Do You Do All Day?

“What do you do all day,” is a question I get asked somewhat frequently.  If I had to speculate, I’d guess friends and family are curious what one does all day long when there is no job to attend and no real retirement to enjoy.  It’s not an unfair question and I’d probably ask the […]

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Ideas Are Like Muscles

In my opinion, good ideas do not just magically appear in your head.  Good ideas are cultivated from the depths of our minds, the universe, or wherever the hell it is that ideas come from. 10 years ago, I was working as a Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympics.  Working for the Program Controls […]

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Last Life

Growing up, I loved video games.  Probably not in a 2018 sense where kids spend 23 hours out of the day playing Red Dead Redemption 2, Metal Gear Survive or God of War (this list courtesy of the google).  If my 9-year-old self had his way, I would have spent every waking hour burning my […]

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Your Reality is Your Reality

I’m the luckiest person you’ve ever met (online).  Seriously.  No one has more luck than me.  What gives me this confidence?  Well, for starters, I’ve got a wife who’s willing to fight for my honor, supportive parents, beautiful and healthy kids, wonderful friends, solid health, a nice home and enough money to pay for things […]

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I’m Leaving Social Media

After reading this title, many of you probably said, “thank the gods!” or “great, now I don’t have to see your posts distracting me from good cat videos” or “did they fire you from Facebook too?”  Since moving this blog over from a travelogue to whatever the hell it is now, I have linked my […]

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Your Employer Doesn’t Give a F*ck About You

Worried some of my previous blog post titles have been a little “click bait’y”, a friend informed me it’s only click bait if the headline isn’t reflective of the actual content.  Looking again at this headline, it might end up giving the wrong impression.  In my experience, your employer actually does give a f*ck about […]

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Getting Fired, Part 1

After graduating college, I have worked for 5 companies.  2 of these companies have fired me.  Thus, 40% of my previous employers like to end my employment with them by kicking my ass to the curb.  Ouch. I feel for anyone who loses their job.  It’s not fun feeling unwanted.  For those of you who […]

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Marry Someone Who Will Choke a Bloke Out for You

If you’re thinking about proposing to someone in 2018, take it from a guy who has been married for close to 10 years…don’t.  I mean, don’t forget the ring.  And when I say “ring”, I don’t mean the shiny thing with a freaking huge diamond from some jewelry store you will never visit again, I […]

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Being Vulnerable

In college, I had my first “real” girlfriend.  No, I didn’t have imaginary girlfriends in high school (well, maybe a couple Freshman year), my first longer term and significant relationship just happened to be in college.  This relationship was tough for me. While I knew what it was like to have a girlfriend based on […]

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Kenny G and The Christmas Tree

Growing up, Christmas in my house was no joke.  Mom has a Santa collection the Smithsonian would be envious of and she worked harder than Mrs. Claus to make sure my brother and I had an ideal holiday.  She busted her tail to wrap our presents just right, baked multiple types of cookies to decorate […]

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When A Friend Becomes Your Therapist

On Friday night, I came back home after having a couple of beers with friends.  Just before heading to sleep, I checked my phone and noticed an unread text.  I had received the following message from an extremely good friend of mine.  This is what it read – “Dude, you gotta checkout my new mountain […]

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A Tale of Two Pyros

You hear a lot of stories about the suburbs being too “cookie cutter” or lacking culture or just being downright boring.  However, that’s usually talk coming from “sophisticated” adults or a college kid back from fall break.  Give a latch key kid time away from Mom and Dad, a Diamondback BMX bike, and a couple […]

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