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On The Grid

I installed a Personal Weather Station on my back deck yesterday.  It is awesome. Loyal fans of Herbietown can now read my blog, read about my wedding, buy me presents, AND, AT LONG LAST, check the weather at my house.  Just what you always wanted. Here’s a shot of the PWS bolted onto my back deck. […]

I Love You Infinity

He asked me why I tell him “I love you infinity” so much.  I explained that I didn’t want him to forget it.  He said he wouldn’t. Then he asked why I always tell him that I love him “no matter what.” “Because I don’t want you to forget.” “Even if I hit Charlie?” “Yes, […]

5 Things That Won’t Happen To Me When I Get Old

I won’t dye my hair. I won’t be a slave to my children. I won’t turn into a judgmental bigoted asshole. I won’t stop loving my children unconditionally.  I won’t stop enjoying life. UPDATE I also won’t spend all of my time talking about other people’s lives, but instead will just live my own. Ok, […]

Mountain Road

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What Doesn’t Belong In This Picture?

Man, I’m going to miss this place. We got something like 18 inches, and in some parts it drifted to 3 feet.  Beautiful morning.  The wind is blowing and swirling but it’s not biting cold.  We got absolutely dumped on. The air smells of crackling wood from our wood stove. We’re watching Nemo coverage on […]

Should I Change The Name of Herbietown?

I picked the name Herbietown in the spring of 2007, after passing the reins at The Tuck Profit, a fake news site I created in business school.  I thought Herbietown would be a site for posts and pictures about my kids, for the primary use of my family.  I also liked that the sheer idiocy […]

Why, Dad, Why?

So yeah, my father has had both an impressive athletic and business career, and he’s done some amazing things for me. I’m proud of him. He’s definitely much cooler than your father.

But he’s not perfect. And that’s why I’m writing this post. My father has the worst taste in cars of anyone I’ve ever known.


We played in the snow yesterday.  I didn’t have the heart to tell the boys that it doesn’t snow in Atlanta.  They are going to be devastated. We only got about an inch, but it’s the perfect amount for a game we played.  The game is simple.  It’s called “Look at these footprints.”  Or maybe […]

I’m the Mayor!!

“Excuse me, so I’m the Mayor on Foursquare? And that means I get 15% off my food?” I show the server my iPhone. She clearly has no idea what I’m talking about. It’s like that scene in the Sex and the City movie where Carrie needs to make a phone call and someone hands her an iPhone and she has no idea how to work it.

A Bathroom Vignette

You know how you make your kids go to the bathroom before they leave the house? So last night I had a work dinner.  A couple drinks, nothing crazy.  It was one of those nice restaurants where they have servers hovering over your table, filling up your water glass every time you take a sip. […]

Dad Lays Down the Law

It was around 6pm, the witching hour for little kids.  They get tired, they don’t want to eat dinner, they don’t want to go to bed.  They get whiny and need attention.  Last night was a particularly brutal example of this.  Charlie was complaining about having to eat corn cake that Greta made (the little […]

I Wish I Could Work With My Hands

The most I ever saw my father build with his hands was a large wooden table.

The South, Where Men Can Be Men

I have a theory. I think, in the South, that men can be men.  Real Men.  The kind that go hunting and fishing and watch football and drink beer.  The kind that go on weekend camping trips with their buddies, whenever they damn well feel like it.  The kind that emerge from the womb knowing […]

I Like to Sing in My Car

My car is an extension of my shower.  A place where I can sing without anyone hearing.  Singing while driving is amazing. As I trade my 80 minute Metro-North train ride for a 30 minute Atlanta traffic jam, I need to find new ways to entertain myself, new routines.  One new routine is waking up […]

Cleansing My Filing Cabinets

I just purged hundreds of pieces of paper from my life.  Here they are, pre-combustion in the wood stove. I went through my filing cabinets and removed all unnecessary pieces of paper.  Old bank statements, old balance transfer offers, old medical bills.   It felt incredible. I enjoyed it so much, I obsessed over it, […]


We had 2 showings yesterday.  We usually go to Little Pub when we have showings; it’s the best restaurant ever and very kid-friendly.  But yesterday the showings were at 11 and 3, so not the ideal times for Little Pub (it doesn’t open until 11:30).  We went to Orem’s instead and got waffles and grilled […]

Damn Yankee Lad

Holy crap.  I just discovered a song called Damn Yankee Lad. It is my new personal theme song. Here’s my friend’s bluegrass band, King Wilkie, performing it at Telluride Bluegrass festival a couple of years ago.  My buddy Nick is the guy on the fiddle. Here are the lyrics: I’m just a damn Yankee Way […]

Little Dogs

So I walk in the door last night, after being in Atlanta all week, and I discover my kids curled up on the couch watching Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. It’s a movie about a talking chihuahua. I should have ripped the TV off the wall at that very moment.  I HATE little dogs.  I hate […]

Look What I Discovered on My Running Shoes

I’ve been in Atlanta all week, apart from my family. One of the best moments of the week was Wednesday morning when I pulled out my running gear and got ready to go for a run.  I discovered a lego scotch taped to the laces of my running shoes.  See picture. My son Charlie loves […]

Mocking The South

The response to yesterday’s post surprised me.  I wrote about house-hunting in Atlanta.  I made sweeping generalizations about the types of people that live in the different neighborhoods we are looking at, and said that I wanted my kids to grow up with open minds.  It was supposed to be ironic and funny. But some […]