Category Archives: My Thoughts on Life


“It’s a small world”? Maybe a little too small sometimes…

There was a recent story that made the internet rounds about a married couple who discovered that they had been visiting Disneyland as children, at the same time – 15 years before they met each other.  In an old family photo, the woman (as a young girl) can been seen posing for a picture with one of the Disney characters.  In the background, her future father-in-law can be seen pushing her future husband along in a stroller.  The couple didn’t discover the mind-blowing coincidence until they were going through old family photos, in preparation for their wedding.

Voutsinas family photo

It was a touching story, and it got me to thinking.  My wife and I also shared a similar, if unphotographed, almost rendezvous.  When going through concert tickets while we were dating we found that, when we were both in high school, we sat in the same section for a Poison concert.  What if we had met each other then?  Did we perhaps see each other?  If so, was she impressed with the height I was able to get out of my hair with a bottle of Aquanet?


I miss mix tapes.

I love my iPod – I really do. It’s a miracle of technology that allows me to have all the music I want, wherever I want, and listen to it whenever I want. But, sometimes, like our lives these days, it can be too much. There are just too many choices. Too much information – not enough time. I miss the mix tape. It was a simpler, and yet somehow more intricate proposition. You chose the songs, or perhaps, the songs chose you. Either way, they were collected together, put down on tape, and then experienced. A mix tape told a story. It was a commitment – even if you didn’t realize what it was a commitment to.


When is it okay to burn the American flag?

As we drove home, I was lost in thought.  I barely noticed the streetlights and cars that we passed.  It was full dark, the kids were watching a DVD in the back of the van, and something was playing on the radio – I’m not sure what.  My mind was too busy chasing itself round in circles, replaying the night’s events over and over – asking myself – did my children really understand what we had just done?  Did they wonder, as I had earlier – was it really okay to burn the American flag?


Are you listening to your life?

When was the last time you really listened to what was going on around you?  As I was leaving the office yesterday, I noticed, for what seemed like the first time, that we have music playing in our elevators.  I was a bit surprised that this came as a revelation to me.  After all, I love music – even play a little on occasion – and I had completely missed the sounds around me.  Why was that?

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