Hot Damn

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HOT DAMN — Achieving My Goals

It’s important to set goals. Even more important, though, is achieving those goals. You work hard, you struggle, and despite some initial setbacks, you push through to the end. You did it, bro. Good job … Continue reading

HOT DAMN #45 — Christmas!

The popular position to take, after all, is that Christmas just isn’t what it used to be . . . you know, back when we were kids. I mean, you can’t even say “Merry Christmas” anymore, am I right? Continue reading

HOT DAMN #44 — Movies

…I love movies so much that I frequently go to the theatre by myself. Actually, I sometimes prefer seeing movies by myself; company just distracts from the actual film… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #43 — Writing

Here’s the thing: I don’t want to be just any kind of writer; I want to be a paid, professional one, particularly a novelist.
And this, my friends, is where you crank up the volume on Supertramp’s song, “Dreamer.” I’ll wait… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #42 — GANG VOCALS With Your Family

four upstanding, highly educated, working professionals all agreed to hunker down in my basement, gather around a crappy microphone, and group-shout lyrics… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #41 — Corgi Love

That’s right. Back in the day, these cute little puffs of fur were used to herd livestock, as in 1,500 pound cows. Who be frontin’ now? Continue reading

HOT DAMN #40 — Learning to PLAY an INSTRUMENT

…I bought the big amp because it looked cool, and at seventeen that pretty much topped my priorities. That I could barely turn it on without my brain bleeding out my ears didn’t matter. I was too “punk rawk” to care… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #39 — Losing Weight

Three years and twenty pounds later, I realized I’d listened to exactly zero of what my doctor had said. In fact, I was flirting pretty aggressively with the 200-pound mark. We were almost bedfellows… Continue reading


…Too often we look down upon those who are living in apartments. We shall do so no longer. Because apartments are the best. With no disrespect to my house, who’s a broad old codswallop of a home, apartment living is just fantastic… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #37 — The Possibility of NO AFTERLIFE

I don’t believe in an afterlife. Maybe you already knew that.
Oh, yeah – I don’t believe in souls either. Bummer, right? Actually, no. Continue reading


His name is Tai Lopez and he wants you to know that he owns a Lamborghini. Oh, but he doesn’t care about his Lamborghini. What he cares about is “knowledge.” Riiiiiiight. Continue reading

HOT DAMN #35 — Learning First Aid

…A First Aid responder is to a paramedic, nurse, or doctor, what a McDonalds burger flipper is to a five-star, fine dining restaurant’s head chef. Still, First Aid tickled my fancy… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #34 — Prince Edward Island

My destination of choice? Somewhere quiet and without a lot of people. As my sister-in-law once said, “less socializing is best socializing.” Continue reading

HOT DAMN #33 — Families Getting Back Together

…My siblings in-law are pretty great. But, wouldn’t you know it, the two of them decided Southern Ontario was increasingly old hat, and so set off to explore the world… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #32 — Finding the Right Song at the Right Time

Just when you think you have your emotions in check, some unsuspecting song plays out over the radio that trips you up and makes you spill out all those silly feelings you thought you’d mastered. Turns out you hadn’t… Continue reading

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