Category: Love, romance

He had it in the bag

He had it in the bag

A true tale of romance, in time for Valentine's Day... I spent the bulk of my thirties working at the Holiday Inn Metrodome in Minneapolis. The 260-room hotel was a very nice, well-run property right off the edge of downtown, and along with the usual array of business travelers and sports fans, it's setting in … Continue reading He had it in the bag

Betrothed, be cool. Because.

Betrothed, be cool. Because.

Who knew that becoming a wedding officiant would be this cool. I started this little side venture a few years back while still living in New Orleans, where my first get-em-hitched-gig was a destination wedding for a couple from Texas who had met as co-workers at a New Orleans bar. Together for ten years, the … Continue reading Betrothed, be cool. Because.

He had it in the bag

He had it in the bag

A true tale of romance, in time for Valentine's Day... I spent the bulk of my thirties working at the Holiday Inn Metrodome in Minneapolis. The 260-room hotel was a very nice, well-run property right off the edge of downtown, and along with the usual array of business travelers and sports fans, it's setting in … Continue reading He had it in the bag

‘Kids, don’t try this at home. Again.’ A Valentine vignette

‘Kids, don’t try this at home. Again.’ A Valentine vignette

We were young, we were broke….we were living in rural Iowa, for cryin' out loud. My roommate Jim had a girlfriend, and one Friday night he was going to impress her with a nice, home cooked meal and an evening of romance. This necessitated me finding somewhere else to be for the night, which was … Continue reading ‘Kids, don’t try this at home. Again.’ A Valentine vignette

‘Always’

February fourteenth. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for sixty years or twenty minutes, the day means something more than ‘Oh, it's Tuesday, Hamburger Helper for dinner night’. Even if it is, for most of us, this particular Tuesday falling on February fourteenth, it probably better not be. Just sayin’. One of my favorite real-life … Continue reading ‘Always’

Chivalry in an Age of Indifferent Insouciance

This post is for you romantic-wannabes - guys, I'm guessing, for the most part.  Consider this your Valentine’s Day primer; a free, on-line graduate course in pitching-and-wooing that special someone.  What can I tell you? I’m a teacher.  Read and learn from my friend Jacques.  MLL In an age where there is sometimes a fine … Continue reading Chivalry in an Age of Indifferent Insouciance

A toast to brides and grooms and the parents that love them

June. The month of weddings. Love and romance. The month where your Facebook wall is slathered with a never-ending stream of wedding pictures. Or, more accurately, the before-the-wedding pictures of bachelor and bachelorette party pictures. Friends getting together, celebrating brides and grooms, having final single flings, plotting pranks. There are also lots of pictures of … Continue reading A toast to brides and grooms and the parents that love them

Eternal spring

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” – Former major leaguer & Author Jim Bouton Life is a scorecard; an encrypted story in exotic-to-the-unwashed hieroglyphs, easily and quickly translated by those versed in … Continue reading Eternal spring

No fine print, just a fine woman.

Nineteen years ago today, I got married. For the second time. There are all sorts of things that I could say here about getting it right this time, first time around is just practice, etcetera – but that is all very cliché – and not all that reflective of the realities of life. I could … Continue reading No fine print, just a fine woman.

Roooomance

Loin cloth, tuxedo; so many moods, so few nights we have to ourselves