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Three Days Apart – Honoring My Brother’s 50th

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Thanks for keeping up with us through these Days of Brian, the best brother anyone could ever wish for, in honor of his 50 years with us.  He happens to be celebrating in Aruba with his wife, which is much nicer than hanging out with any of the rest of us, especially with the weather […]

The Quest – Honoring Brian’s 50th

Tonight I shared Monty Python and The Holy Grail with my children.  I know their Uncle B would be proud, since they had already memorized most of the lines, thanks to he and I. Now they can share their encyclopedic knowledge with him this summer. Happy Birthday, Brian.  We all love you and celebrate your 50th. […]

Similar But Different – Brian’s 50th Birthday

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. Four more to go? It’s not like we call each other every day, or even every week.  I guess we should, but the beauty of the internet these days […]

San Diego – In Honor of Brian’s 50th

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In just a few more days, my brother Brian will be 50.  He has had a great life: everyone loves him, he’s a great dad and husband, an outstanding employee and doing pretty cool stuff in his job. Kati’s dog even loves him. I have shared a few stories that might have been a little […]

Heavy Metal – For Brian’s 50th Birthday

When you are in the middle of a series that you are writing off the cuff, it isn’t a good time to get writer’s block. That’s okay, it doesn’t last too long… Yes, we are still celebrating Brian’s 50th Birthday in just one week.  Maybe since you all loved the picture I found of Brian […]

Winter – In Honor of My Brother’s 50th Birthday

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Happy 50th Birthday to my dear brother Brian, with only a few more days until March 17th, the day he shares with our patron saint, Patrick. I just found out he is vacationing with his wonderful wife, Heather, in Aruba right now. When winter came, we were usually pretty happy when a snow day hit, […]

Work Detail – In Honor of My Brother’s 50th Birthday

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This is the continued countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world.  Brian and I had some great experiences together.  Don’t let this series fool you- these stories are meant to show the funny (to us) and amazing moments we had together.  While […]

Traveling Men – Honoring My Brother’s 50th

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This is the continued countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. I hate to hop around, but our life together really does have some interesting twists and turns that bring us back together.  One of the things I can […]

Finding Fun – Honoring Brian’s 50th Birthday

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To show how much I love my brother, I grudgingly used this photo for a good laugh.  If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. Let’s […]

Trouble – Honoring Brian’s 50th

This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. It’s confession time. When I consider that at 50 (getting ready to be 51) the statute of limitations on anything I might have done has well expired, I can […]

We Hate Shopping – Honoring Brian at 50

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world.  By the way, I am writing these for the most part back-to-back.  If you see me hoisting a Guinness or a Crown in his honor, yes, I’m aware these […]

Your Firehouse Zen Meme of the Moment – Austerity For All, Volume 2

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If the politicians and the haters have their way, this could be in your future. And if this post doesn’t succeed, it will be in your past.

Your Firehouse Zen Meme of the Moment – Austerity For All, Volume 1

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Thanks to the popularity of our “McKayla’s Not Impressed” post on Facebook, thought perhaps you’d like some of these more often.

It Is So Smoky That…

It could be worse: it could smell like Jakarta. But the good news is that this is NOT auto exhaust and smog, or the smell of burning garbage, or even better, roast tire. So if you have your own observation, feel free to share.