Oct. 21, 2015

Marty & Doc —

Welcome to 2015! Things aren’t exactly like the 1980s predicted they would be. Sorry to tell you that we don’t have hover boards and flying cars everywhere. However, we do have the Internet that has the entirety of human knowledge on it and we have mobile phones to access it anywhere at an insanely fast speed. While the Jaws franchise didn’t make it past 4 movies, we finally have the sequel to Return of the Jedi coming out this year.

So good luck returning back to the 80s and waiting patiently for the next 22 years for the iPhone to come out. You won’t know that you need it until you have it.


P.S. By stock in Apple and be patient

P.P.S If you come across me back in 1985, let him know that he’s going to have a heck of a ride and things will turn out alright. Also tell him to buy stock in Apple…as much as he can afford.


Yes, the Clippers

Dear 13-year-old me –

This is the much older version of yourself writing to prepare you for a sport that somewhat resembles the NBA that you know. In the year 2015, there are now a whopping 30 teams in the NBA. That’s not even then most shocking thing about this year’s league, wait until you hear about the playoffs. Continue reading


I’ve got those voting booth blues

Every two years about this time of the year I wonder which is more dangerous: not voting or uninformed voting? Where are the programs in September/October to objectively inform voters of the options that they’ll have when they are “in the booth” in November? Seems like if the goal was intelligent voting that we’d see a lot more activity before election day in November (not including the trash that is slander ads) to try to increase voter education.

Speaking of slander ads, my rule of thumb is that as soon as your ad mentions your opponent’s name, you have lost any chance of me voting for you. You should be able to get my support by providing what you plan to do, not how what your opponent plans to do is bad…I’ll decide that for myself. That’s like someone asking me for directions and I spend the next 30 mins telling them how bad it is to go the wrong way. Unfortunately, this approach has left me with very few candidates to vote for in my memorable voting life (except those who run unopposed and in that case, my vote doesn’t mean anything).

When you do get out and vote, remember these wise words from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”