Category Archives: reality check

While working at my favorite coffeeshop today, I’m throwing glances over to the counter, to the dome of glass that sheltered what was a half-loaf of chocolate banana bread when I got here. With AM turned to PM, there might be a slice left. It’s hard to tell since the remnant has fallen facedown on the plate without its siblings to lean on, resigned to its fate. I really want to eat it, but I’m resisting because of my dang spare tire.  Continue reading

Have you seen the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Simple premise: Jerry Seinfeld, an American stand-up comedian who rose to prominence yadda yadda yadda, takes his comedian friends out for a drive in fancy cars to get coffee. Cameras roll while they talk about anything. (It’s a web series about nothing!)

As you’d expect, the dialogue, as edited, veers into Jerry and guest laughing about the absurdities of life. I love that Jerry has episodes with two of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan and Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson. While watching these successful artists cruising carefree in vintage autos, I couldn’t help but feel jealous – but not because of their money or fame. Because of the laughs.  Continue reading

I’ve tried to teach the Cool Bros well. When someone does something nice for you, you say Thank you. When someone tells you Thank you, you say You’re welcome. I need to practice what I preach.

A friend posted this on Twitter:

I am guilty beyond measure. When someone thanks me, I’ll spit out a No problem! or a Sure thing! I might even lame out with a You bet! but rarely a simple and appropriate You’re welcome.

I think this condition started because of my band, Six Days From Sunday. We led music at various churches, camps, youth retreats, college retreats, and pet retreats across the country. When leading music, we guided the audience to think about and honor God, not to entertain. The thought of entertaining the crowd was actually a bad thing, that we were distracting people from focusing on God.

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