Last Sunday, my family and I experienced the nation's eighth deadliest tornado on record, in Joplin, Missouri. That morning, my wife, teenage granddaughter and I heard the warning sirens sounding as we enjoyed some fresh buttered biscuits with honey. We have lived here since 1968 and had experienced the drills repeatedly. This one was eerily different.
Here in New York, the big news this week has been Braylon Edwards, the thinks-he's-Wesley Walker-but-plays-like-Lam Jones Jets receiver who was arrested early Tuesday on drunken driving charges. The Big Apple's dueling talk radio stations are especially abuzz, with cries of Edwards' need to be suspended, to be released, to be traded, to be fined, to be signed by ABC's reality TV division and forced to Jell-O wrestle the guy who played Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter.
You've met his friends; he's met yours. Now it's time to add fruity cocktails and mix. Short of introducing your parents to his, combining your two sets of friends -- especially if they exist in very different worlds -- is one of the most nerve-wracking milestones in a relationship. And since summertime is party time, it's probably going to happen in the next month or so. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure it's not a complete disaster.
It took a little time, but my daughter and I have finally got our Sunday mornings down to a system. Just as the light starts inching through our blinds and the pigeons start making those peculiar pigeony noises and the hungover 22-year-olds start cursing whoever invented the Jell-O shot, Julia wakes me with words that come in a rush from her heart: "Did you buy me anything?" And "Are you going to buy me anything?" And my personal favorite: "Would you like a list of things you could buy me?"
I work in a large corporation where my department is mostly males. I usually bring my lunch or have lunch with either women from other departments or men who are at the same corporate title level. Lately, my boss has been asking me to lunch whether for my birthday or for annual review. Each time, I decline for scheduling conflicts.
Two months before his mysterious death, police officer Glenn Turner told a close friend that he should "look at Lynn" if anything were to happen to him, according to a witness who testified Monday in the trial of Julia Lynn Turner.