In my first 40 years

40. I have been dreading this number for years. No real reason why, just the thought of the number makes me wince a bit. When I was young, this was a number that you associated with the people you would consider to be old. This was the age that people started to become “out of touch”. This was the number that you would tether to the phrase “midlife crisis”.  This is the age my brother was when he died.  With age comes wisdom or at least a perception of some sort of earned knowledge. At this age you should have at least leaned something that you could pass along to the next generation. This is the age you start to […]

One punch. Just one punch.

Sometimes all you have to do is be remarkable one time. Buster Douglass knocked out Mike Tyson in February of 1990. He became the first person to ever do this and it changed the world’s perception of “Iron” Mike Tyson.  Tyson’s previously untarnished 37-0 record came to an end. He became mortal in the eyes of the public and it really was a turning point in his fighting career. Buster, on the other hand, is merely a Jeopardy question these days as he never went on to becoming a great champion. He was remarkable once. He had an amazing punch, once. Songwriters and musicians are often remarkable once. You write or sing one hit record and you can live off […]