Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

I have a confession.  I’ve been in denial for some time now, but it’s time to come clean.  I’m in stage 2 denial.  Stage 1: was when I told myself for a year that I did NOT need help reading, which is something I love to do.  Finally, I gave in. With reading glasses, a whole new world opened up again!   I could read without squinting profusely at the small print, causing the muscles in my forehead to hurt.  But never would I leave the house with the reading glasses.  Stage 2: Not going public.  Until now.  It’s far better to read the menu than guess what you’re ordering or just order something familiar, faking people out. Yes, I have reading glasses and I need them everywhere. They’re a part of me. They’re even a part of my sketchbook “gear”…

Now imagine me on an infomercial talking to you on your TV:

“9 out of 10 people know someone who has gotten older.  So if you, or someone you know is in denial to this widespread epidemic called “age”, there’s help. You’re not alone. Age touches almost every person.  The first step to this cure is admitting you can’t read  normal size print anymore.   I did it.  And so can you.”          back to the blog:

I remember talking to one of my friends who was older than I when he started using reading glasses and he said it would happen to me someday, overnight. Guess what?  Just like that, a few years later, literally overnight, the next day everything changed and the print got fuzzy and I was suddenly faced with the fact I’m getting older.  This caused major conflict because my mind had been telling me I was 30 for years. He lied.  What ain’t no lie, is my wife looks really hot in her reading glasses!

We Are 12!

Space Needle

Everyone in America knows what today is!  And since Jim Zorn was throwing passes to Steve Largent I’ve been a Seattle Seahawks fan. Yes, I’m a part of the 12.  For my non-American friends, today is Super Bowl Sunday!  An unofficial holiday in the U.S., where about 100 million people will watch the National Football League championship. I, personally will tune in exactly 1.5 seconds before kick off because I cannot- cannot stand the pre-game hype and mindless media commentary… Even if you are not a football fan, people will be connected to the game in 3 ways; 1) The Game itself,  2) The commercials aired during the Super Bowl or,  3) The Food.  Or, some variation of all three.  The Super Bowl has the 2nd most food consumption after Thanksgiving. Except unlike Thanksgiving where it is generally a sit down dinner, the Super Bowl is usually served “buffet style” or help yourself. And a LOT of people will help themselves! On this one day, here are some Super Bowl fun food facts:

1. Over 1.25 billion  chicken wings will be eaten.

2.  Enough beer will be chugged to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool 2,000 times! (that’s a lot of flushing…)

3.  8 million pounds (3,6000,000 kg) of Guacamole will be eaten

4.  4.4 million pizzas will be eaten (I’ll have 2-3 slices depending)

5. 11 million pounds of potato chips. Gone.

I don’t think this is something to be proud of, but like it or not, it pumps a lot of money around for this one game, around $500,000,000 worth!  And with a $4 million price tag on a 30 second Super Bowl TV commercial, it better be good! Clever and creative!

It does have its downside, however.  Following the Super Bowl is a dangerous time to be on the road.  More DUIs are issued than at any other time during the year besides St. Patrick’s Day…bet you thought New Year’s Eve like I did…So be safe out there no matter what!  Also, more people call in “sick” to work the day following the Super Bowl than any other day of the year.

It’s sobering to think about how much this game consumes us and how much we consume.  It’s still just a game. Quick! Who played in the Super Bowl 2 years ago? And few will remember much about this game in a year without looking it up.  While I’m really excited about the possibility of the Seahawks winning a 2nd Super Bowl, I try to keep a balanced approach and remember that in the big picture in life this game doesn’t really mean that much. Tomorrow, single moms will still be trying to make ends meet and raise their children, many will battle another day of chemotherapy treatments, the fatherless children and the elderly will still be lonely. Most of us will be sick of all the junk we ate today while the hungry are on the streets. This is the real game.  But win or lose, I’ll still be a happy man, thinking about how blessed I am.

Kitchen Art

Lets Eat!

Here’s a picture I drew for some good friends of ours for their kitchen.  It’s one of those drawings where it starts out as a warm up, not really expecting much, when all of a sudden it sort of becomes a picture. Why anyone would want this on their wall is beyond me, but they like it. Mission accomplished.



There’s a coffee shop in Seattle down on Pike Place called Starbucks, you may have heard of it…What’s special about this particular Starbucks, is this is the first one EVER! Where it all started. The mecca. The birthplace. The temple. True coffee addicts anywhere in the world can be blindfolded, spun around 10 times and accurately point toward Seattle…but this Starbucks is always PACKED and a long line typically to the cash register because 99% of the visitors who come here are buying souveniers from the original Starbucks. (like I was…) Inside, it looks a lot more like a warehouse from 1971, with brown boxes everywhere, stacked along the walls, counters, windows, anyplace that doesn’t violate a fire code packed with every mug, cup, tumbler etc, etc, with “Starbucks Pike Place Market” on it you can imagine. One time I was there, waiting in a long line with my gift mug, it was crazy packed.  I got to talking to an employee and she said it was a “slow day” (it was pouring rain outside) and the line usually goes out the door and down the street and they close the line down an hour before closing…Oh yea,  there is a small area in the back, where you can actually get a coffee. But that’s not why most people are here.

While I’m not a big fan of Starbucks, it’s more of a convenience thing because they are everywhere, and I’ll stop there if there’s nothing else available and I’m getting it to go, and that’s ok, because they are usually really good at being consistent, so you know what you’re getting. It’s kind of how you don’t go to McDonald’s because the burgers are so awesome, you go because they’re convenient and you know what to expect.  But this is truly an iconic historical place that birthed an entire culture in America and around the world with over 21,366 locations worldwide. Surprise! Starbucks didn’t invent coffee or espresso. Espresso had been in Europe for many years before Starbucks, around the 1880s. $tarbucks just figured out how to market it.