Lahti 2018

Wikipedia informs me that Lahti is Finland’s Chicago. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahti I have been to Lahti about a dozen times and I’ve visited Chicago only once for a Cadillac sponsored squash tournament in 1997. It was in a Chicago nightclub where I shook the hand of Donald Gibb, the actor who portrayed Ogre in Revenge of the…

Passage to Turku

Monday 20.2.2017 0940. Onnibus saves the day and cuts through the grey of the light snow falling West of capital city, Helsinki. The earlier the better when it comes to the weather. Plan ahead and grab a ticket weeks in advance. Round trip for 3 at only 25€.  We’re on the bus to Turku aboard…

Who Will Be Winning?

Great America was supposedly born yesterday when Donald John Trump, also known as The Donald, became the 45th President of the United States. Great America is going to be really great. In a nutshell, the new slogan is apparently: America First and Fuck Off to the Rest of the World. Print more t-shirts and bumper…

Positive Aggravation

Positive Aggravation On August 22nd at a meeting of the Stadi Talkers Toastmasters Club of Helsinki, I coined a new phrase for my limited vocabulary during table topics, the impromptu speech part of the program. Positive Aggravation. I define Positive Aggravation as the situation you find yourself committed to and have made promises for and…

Grateful Dead 1991

The memories of this road trip sometimes flood back from time to time as I peer deep into my skull for the occasional life review. It was the start of the summer, Friday, May 10th, 1991. The setting: Monterey, California. Destination: Shoreline Amphitheater of Mountain View, situated between San Fran and San Jose. The vehicle:…

Ole hyvä

“Olen inva-auto kuljettaja.” (I am a driver of a vehicle that transports those who are mobility challenged.) When I deliver my customers, safely and efficiently, I ensure they get home. When approaching their apartment door, especially if they have handed me their keys, I usually ask, “Onko sinulla kissa tai koira kotona?” (Do you have a cat…

Nando the Commando

1991 Pacific Grove, California. Seagram’s 7 & 7Up in a paper Safeway bag on the way to a raucous day in Monterey and the beach. Someone lost a shoe in a tree. We were punks, all of us – charlatans and troublemakers. Saw DRI or All (ex-Descendents) in San Fran, San Jose and Oakland one…

She Never

She never texts me anymore like she did before. She used to text me Want Some Company? And every evening thereafter was a Good Night. Now I get nothing… because she is curled up beside me when I wake up each morning. She never needs to shave her legs. Silky smooth 100% of the time….