Since February of 2005, I’ve been writing a weekly column for some small newspapers in the Philadelphia area, near where I grew up. It’s a hobby that helps subsidize my lavish extra value meal habit.
I use this blog mainly as a repository for the column, posting new ones every Sunday night. This has become a weekly ritual for me, like brushing my teeth.
The column is called “Just Humor Me” in most of the papers, though the Chestnut Hill Local calls it “Over the Top,” perhaps in reference to my third-favorite arm-wrestling movie of all time. “Just Humor Me” has won first-place Keystone Press Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2009, which are given every year to the 14th caller.
My wife Kara shows up in just about every column. I always call her “my wife Kara” the first time I mention her, ’cause I have to assume that newspaper readers are reading the column for the first time. And probably the last.
The cast of characters also includes our dog Memphis, our son Evan (born June 15, 2009) and assorted other family, friends and unsuspecting passersby.
Here’s a picture of our little family, right after Evan was born (eight weeks early):
Otherwise, thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoy the columns!