Point of No Return

Refusing to learn any of life’s lessons

The truth be told, I’m not a very smart man.

Over the years, I’ve learned that a person’s true intelligence has little to do with how much information on history or the arts an individual has been able to retain over the years, and more to...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:13am

The season to stop and give thanks

I motor through life.

I suppose everyone’s guilty of it to some extent. We get so ultra-focused on the tasks we need to accomplish in our day-to-day lives that we neglect to take the time to remember those people and things that make our...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 7:56am

Exploring the joys of buying a new car

Did a little car shopping last weekend.

If you’re not in the market for a car right now, but would like to experience the feelings that accompany shopping for a vehicle, I’d suggest wrapping your head in aluminum foil, stuffing said head...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:16am

Taking a closer look at some silly laws

I’m starting to think it might be a good idea for me to start enjoying the wonders of tropical fish.

My typical relationship with fish of any kind is largely an edible one, but lately I’ve been considering the joys and wonders of having...

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:37pm

Shedding some light on ghost stories

It’s that creepy, crawly time of the year — when the stone cold facts of reality are often trumped by the endless limitations of Halloween imaginations run wild. Bumps in the night become restless spirits searching for living souls, and visions...

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 6:11am

Fore! That Guy is about to tee off

I guess it was bound to happen. I became “That Guy.”

Oh, you remember That Guy. He’s the one that was always picked last for kickball because, four times out of five, when he would line up for his kick, his orthopedic shoe flew a much...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:02am

It is an odd, odd world out there

Poor, poor Gaylord.

The ostrich was just hanging out at his home near San Francisco one night when four drunken youths trespassed in to check out the wonderful world of ostriches. Scared, Gaylord attacked the two young men in the group —...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:41am

A perfect day ... a perfect couple

There’s just something refreshing about the broad concept of a re-birth.

We root for athletes to return from bad injuries or personal problems, and admire the politician who can survive a setback and bounce back for victory. Many of us...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:33am

Ahoy, matey! A day for all pirates

It came and went, without so much as a whimper — or a good old-fashioned “Aar” to mark its arrival.

Yes, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” was on Wednesday and, as I was sitting down to write this column, not a single person had greeted me in the...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:41am

One day caluses lifetime of thoughts

Every generation of Americans has their own “Where were you when ...” day.

You know, that one shared moment in time when the impact of a specific event tore through the collective soul of a nation and left an imprint that would not be...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:39am

Labor Day brings mixed emotions

Every good cowboy has to walk off into the sunset, every talented thespian has a curtain call and every summer has its Labor Day. Ladies and gentleman, the end is now firmly upon us.

For some of you, that means leaping into the air in a...

Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:20am

Bye Coastal Point. Hello Vegas!

Well, this is probably my last column at the Coastal Point.

It’s been a blast up to this point — having a forum to talk about some of the great things local people have done in the community, pontificate on some of the world’s ails and...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:45am

Heat tough on even the toughest

It’s been a bit warm here lately.

Yup, that’s what I’m here for — to provide you the news and insight you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to on a weekly basis. And, for those of you who aren’t privy to the sensitive news mechanisms we have...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:28am

Deviled eggs, two sheep and a car

Ah, the family reunion. Relatives you only see once a year gather in some predetermined spot to swap stories from the previous 12 months, eat deviled eggs and run over livestock in luxury cars.

Wait ... not every family does that?


Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 12:48pm

Celebrate or ridicule? Tough call

There are certain moments in life that can excite even the hardest of hearts. Even the most cynical sort can find joy in the anticipation of the birth of a child, or a wedding day or that last day of work before reaching the point of retirement....

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:50pm

A World Wide Web of destruction

We live in an ever-changing world. For good or bad, scary or welcomed, technology has brought varying elements into our lives that shape the ease in which we do things, the speed in which we can do them and the proficiency in which we can handle...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:15pm

I like the stunt--just so it's not me

Man likes to push himself. For the most part, we like to test our limits, exert ourselves to reaching new heights and attempt to get more out of ourselves than a logical mind would think possible. It’s why people climb mountains, or work long...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Thoughts on a very influential list

As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, the people at USA Today have been compiling a series of lists that try to capture all the prominent people and events of the past quarter century.

I love lists.

Put together a list of...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:17am

It always comes back to consumers

We’re facing a lot of problems these days. The nation is as divided as it has been in a long time both politically and socially. The fear of terrorist attacks looms large, while gas prices continue to soar. Real estate is facing a tough spot, and...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

A time to celebrate independence

It’s as American as apple pie, baseball or toothpaste with wee little breath strips inside. People in this country are raised with the notion that we are not pulling our weight unless nearly every second of our days are spent toiling away at some...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Words will spin through time

I’m a big fan of the written word.

The very concept of a seemingly random series of marks, dots and slashes being able to convey an idea or information has mystified me for years. Though an oral language is impressive enough in its own...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

The quest for the 'perfect' gift

Man, am I thankful for all this help.

One would think it’s a real struggle to find the perfect Father’s Day gift to give the man who raised you. You know, you just need to sit back, close your eyes and think of your father — his likes, his...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Battle of the bulge a losing a fight

I’m a changed man.

No, no ... not in terms of spirituality or maturity. There was no grand epiphany that struck me with a burst of knowledge or insight that altered my perceptions on life or existentialism. There was no talking seagull...

Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 8:00pm

Life's a beach — with rules

We’ve all seen the giant “No” signs.

You know, you circle around for four hours looking for a parking space, strap seven beach chairs and an umbrella to your back as you try to figure out in your mind where you can balance a tub of...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Let's study all these studies

A recent study led by a psychologist at the University of Bath reveals that the lengths of children’s fingers can give an idea on how they will fare when it comes to the College Board’s Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Mark Brosnan, who led the...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 6:53am

A week late, but love

The ringing of the phone startled me. There I sat on my couch, recovering from my trip to Ireland when the sound of the phone shook me from my half-catatonic state. I caught my breath, glanced at the caller ID screen on the phone and saw it was...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:51pm

Enjoying the write-in process

The “Point of No Return” comes to you this week straight from the southwest of Ireland.

As I write this, I’m in a car heading north from Killarney to enjoy a dinner and show at Bunratty Castle, located between the towns of Limerick...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:12pm

Enjoying the write-in process

I admit it. Though I’m cynical in regards to most things in life, there is still a part of me that leans to the idealistic side. I love to root for the underdog, to hope that our reporters can make a difference in someone’s life every week and...

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 7:44am

Safety first, second and last

Yet another sign that I’m still thinking like an outsider.

I just don’t get the resistance to 911 addressing efforts throughout the county. Well, let me rephrase: I do understand some of the negatives, but I don’t see how they even...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 9:38am

The week he was gone

’Twas the week he was gone, and all through the Point
There was total euphoria around this old joint.

Employees were dancing and shouting with glee,
at last we no longer have to hear about his sore knee.

The moans and...

Friday, April 20, 2007 - 8:00pm

A living legend is now gone

I’m often fascinated by the process of personal evolution an individual undergoes throughout the various stages of life. Though biology certainly has something to do with who we become, experiences and influences impact the personality that an...

Friday, April 6, 2007 - 9:24am

Spring brings out these urges

It’s spring, so a young man’s fancy turns to, well, his urges. I’m no different.

Well, maybe a little bit. See, my urges don’t necessarily center on Miss Arizona in her new revealing spring wardrobe, or even the crack of a bat on a...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:28am

A day of rememberance, and pride

This could be a problem.

Now, I’m not claiming any kind of “sixth sense” or innate ability to look into the future, but every now and then a situation comes along that sends up red flags — metaphorically screaming to be paid attention to...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Tantalizingly close, but no dice

It’s Pavlovian, really.

Like a dog salivating when a bell is rung, I too begin secreting drool when a lottery jackpot hits a certain height. Oh, the logical part of my brain tells me that it’s a foolish pipe dream to start considering what...

Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7:00pm

Two decades of ... maturation?

I’m beginning to realize that my life’s hourglass is getting a little bottom-heavy with sand.

The reality came crashing down on me recently as I’ve been enjoying talking with a few people from my past as my old high school classmates are...

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Point of No Return

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually.
I mean, you really can’t fault the poor girl. She was desperate to get my attention, and she resorted to a drastic maneuver to get me to notice her. She’s young, sorting through a lot of things...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Battle of the bulge a losing a fight

I’m a changed man.

No, no ... not in terms of spirituality or maturity. There was no grand epiphany that struck me with a burst of knowledge or insight that altered my perceptions on life or existentialism. There was no talking seagull...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Battle of the bulge a losing a fight

I’m a changed man.

No, no ... not in terms of spirituality or maturity. There was no grand epiphany that struck me with a burst of knowledge or insight that altered my perceptions on life or existentialism. There was no talking seagull...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Battle of the bulge a losing a fight

I’m a changed man.

No, no ... not in terms of spirituality or maturity. There was no grand epiphany that struck me with a burst of knowledge or insight that altered my perceptions on life or existentialism. There was no talking seagull...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

A true ‘Field of Dreams’ is here

Do you dream?

Do you dream about going to Europe one day and taking in all the sights and sounds of that historical experience? Do you fantasize about singing on stage, or visiting the Holy Land or doing that one special thing that...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:06am

A year of numerous resolutions

You know that feeling you get when you first slide under those freshly-washed sheets and hunker down for a long night’s sleep? Or when your favorite baseball team is breaking spring training and kicking off their season with a 0-0 record and a...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:09am

A year of highs, a year of lows

If we are to remember anything from 2006, it’s that anything indeed can happen. On the national level, we’ve seen Britney and K-Fed split, Monte Wisbrock’s dysfunctional St. Louis Cardinals become quite functional and win a World Series and we...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

A Christmas melody — Point-style

With all due apologies to ... well, every individual with an ounce of self-respect, here’s our annual foray into adding a more personal touch to some time-honored classics.

Deck the Lots

Deck the lots with as many units as you can,...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Hey, at least I tried to figure it out

Prepare to be awed.

Once again, I’m putting my mind-blowing powers to good. Earlier this year I offered you faithful readers my brilliant idea of putting prisoners on giant treadmills to harness enough alternative energy for all of us. Oh...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

I've got a sense about these things

I took a little stroll down memory lane the other day.

No, I wasn’t feeling particularly nostalgic that day, nor was I harkening back to a simpler time in an effort to transport myself mentally to a better day. Actually, it all started...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

The world is going absolutely mad

Oh, ‘tis definitely the season.

The winter holidays may bring about warmth and a sense of doing the right thing by one’s personal beliefs, but they also bring about chaos, bills and some of the most odd stories of the year. Peace on earth...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Oh, I’m thankful for very much

I’m a results guy.

Like many of you, my mind every week is focused largely on what I need to get done, and I often just take the things and people around me for granted as I manuever my way around to achieve whatever goal or object is...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

The Undead take center stage

Pale and drawn, The Undead sluggishly amble their way through the sacred corridors of some of our nation’s most powerful institutions. Guttural noises escape from their barely-moving lips as they struggle with their coordination, seemingly...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

We all find comfort ... somewhere

Do you ever get that eye twitch?

You know, that fluttering of one of your eyes that signals you are about to either have a nervous breakdown or embark down the path of viciousness and cruelty to the next person you happen to see? Well, I...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

November brings out worst in me

There are certain days I look forward to each year.

For instance, I anticipate St. Patrick’s Day, opening day of the baseball season and the first of each month so I can flip my Coastal Point calendar to the new month to see what...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm