Category Archives: Stories

Zion Narrows, Brother

The setting: Zion National Park, Utah, 2004. Mike, Nat, Jenya, and I just finished the grueling (but beautiful) two-day backpacking trek down the Narrows. We re-entered the main part of the park surprised to find all the flags at half-mast. … Continue reading

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Pink Thing

During the early days of SETI@home I rushed to work at the lab after a long night. Upon my arrival I was surprised to be greeted by a film crew – a news organization there to do a story about … Continue reading

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Gringo

In London, you are supposed to tip at restaurants but not at bars. But what about bars that serve food? The guidebooks said nothing about this. Unable to figure this out and feeling too sheepish to ask the staff, I … Continue reading

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Cousin Michael

As I slogged through all the requirements towards my math degree, a team of fellow students on the same academic path followed me from class to class. While some became study mates or comrades, many of them I never acknowledged, … Continue reading

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Sledding on Thick Ice

I grew up in that winter wonderland that is New York. In honor of the current blizzard, here’s an old cautionary tale: ‘Twas my sophomore year in college. I visited the grandparents in sunny Florida during Christmas break, but ultimately … Continue reading

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Parowan Gap

Jenya and I took the 4runner out to southern Utah for six days, making up our itinerary as we went along. One early evening we decided to head into some nearby BLM land – where it’s always free to park … Continue reading

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SAG Awards Saga

Nine years ago I had a cover band gig to perform at the after party of the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, right there at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. We’re a large group and went in separate cars. Nobody … Continue reading

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Early Bird

I’ve known Jai Young forever. We’ve been musical comrades since 1992. In fact he knows everybody – he’s a true Gladwell-ian “connector.” Still, despite his wide social network, I was his go-to guy when he needed a ride to the … Continue reading

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Warsaw

Okay here’s a tour vignette. I’d like to preface the following by saying I fully admit I have little influence on any of these experiences and happenings. I’m just some guy who happened to fall into the interesting folds of … Continue reading

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Tweezer Fetish

About 13 years ago Jenya and I made a lavish salad for dinner using vegetables from our new garden. It was delicious, but afterward my throat was sore and I had an interminable desire to cough. I ate ice cream … Continue reading

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