you did WHAT?

flaky brick
Lookin’ good.

After I posted stuff about my new tattoo over the weekend, one of the biggest things I was curious about was the reaction of my parents. On Tuesday, Father of Uncle Crappy emailed this:


Couple of afternoons ago, I was in the kitchen chopping celery for a meat loaf and Pat asked, “Guess what YOUR son has done now?”

After thinking of a few possibilities, she said it was a tattoo. Hmmmm.

I considered a few possibilities … A big U of M “M” with a screw going into it … the scores of the Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon games … and my fave: a tank with the gun blazing with a pithy slogan like “Guts. Glory. Tanks.” or perhaps “Give War A Chance”.

Then she said it was a brick from Athens.

Perfect, I thought, a tribute to the ancient writer/philosophers like Plato and Socrates.

Then she said it was Athens, OHIO. Hmmmm.

Why not? You love Athens and OU. I think it is cool.

I came very close to getting a small USMC tat … one less person in line at the parlor at Oceanside and I probably would have one.

I’m anxious to see it (and you guys!)

Love, Dad


And now I’m thinking about a tattoo of Plato. Hmmmm.

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8. thanked.

I’m always appreciative of the gratitude people express on Veterans Day, whether it’s directed specifically to me or not.

But this one will be hard to top. My sister sent me this on Thursday; it’s from the Veterans Day program they had at the school that Drew and Mollie attend.

That’s me in that list, just above my father, and alongside a lot of other men and women who truly deserve the recognition. As I said, I always appreciate the thoughts, but this one was especially touching.

If you know a veteran, an active, a reservist or a National Guard member, take a second and say thanks today. Trust me — they’ll be thrilled to hear it.