The Soundtrack of My Life


In my blissful 70s youth, I have fuzzy recollections of falling asleep to Dr Demento and offbeat hits like “They’re Coming to take Me Away” by Napoleon XIV or “Hocus Pocus” by Focus. The outro/epilogue to the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” used to scare me with its dramatic orchestral flourishes followed by the mysterious, “Breathe deep the gathering … Read More

Video Game Myths Debunked

Gears of War

Not that I would advocate exposing my son to such graphic images of violence before the age of, say 12. But this article I came across on the PBS website of all places pretty much sums up how I’ve felt about (mature) video games for a long time. I have spent many post-baby bedtime hours playing violent video games (GTA … Read More

The Facebook Reconnection Dilemma

OH MY GOD! (insert name here), HOW THE HELL ARE YOU?!!! Thereafter follows an exchange of chronicles of major events in each other’s lives since high school/college: How long it’s been, college or work, how many marriages survived, and how many offspring produced. Then follows the uncomfortable silence…Er…what now? I am sure I’m not alone in feeling the post-reconnection hangover … Read More

Super N00b Update, April 2009

Here’s what I’m in the middle of currently: Xbox 360: Dead Space, RE5, GTA IV, GTA TLAD (Unreal Tournament 3, Ghost Recon/FIFA & NHL 09, FIFA Street) PS3: Killzone 2 PC: Crysis (crymod), Fallout3, World in Conflict (World of Goo) GTA IV could take as long as a year to play at my pace. (On a related note, I concur … Read More

A Homework Assignment

Three times in my quickly moving 42+ years on this planet I have written to important people in my life to let them know what they meant to me. (And I DO mean hand written, WELL into the digital age.) In 2 of those 3 cases, the person I wrote to passed away within six months of receiving said letter. … Read More

A Little Perspective

Rummaging through my hard drive this Xmas evening, I came across some old blog postings from a now defunct blogging website I ran called “We Left Buffalo” 4 years ago. I felt they were worth sharing. All from 2004 and early 2005, they are listed from most recent. I am MUCH happier now, with a beautiful wife and son (and … Read More

Middle Age Gaming

I am very grateful that such quality (HD, 1080p) gaming didn’t exist prior to my college years. I might never had made it through high school. The first game I EVER beat (fairly recently) was God of War: Chains of Olympus on PSP. Just finished Halo 3, Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty 4 on … Read More

Great Moments in (Personal) History

Or great moments in self-discovery. The summer of 1983 was a transformative one for me. A longstanding, nagging groin/hip flexer injury, compounded by an exploratory surgery (for what turned out to be an abnormal appendix, and ergo removed) kept me sidelined from my number one passion: the beautiful game. (That’s football for all you non-Yanks.) So I dove into what … Read More