Author Archives: colin

Battle of the bands

If you ever want a window into someone’s soul, pinpoint his or her hobby. For me, after the typically lame and knee-jerk response “spending time with my family,” I can list a trifecta of favorite…

The Happiest Place on Earth

Remember that scene at the end of Platoon where Charlie Sheen and his company just completed their tour of duty? As they walk in exhausted slow motion toward the awaiting chopper ride home, the jaded…

The indoorsman

You might think that growing up amid Midwestern fields, marshes and forests would have instilled in me an intimate understanding of the outdoors and the ability to proficiently navigate nature’s offerings. It didn’t. In fact,…

My amusing muse

A humor writer who is uncomfortable smiling? Well . . . kind of. It’s not that I don’t smile very often. It’s just that when a camera is nearby, I can sometimes stiffen up, zone…

Juvenilia

Last week I did a reading at one of my favorite Minneapolis bars, Kieran’s Irish Pub. Reading parts of my book in a bar full of strangers feels a little bit like performing standup comedy.…

Father's daze

After more than a decade of practice, I’m still not sure what a full-blooded adult dad is supposed to be—I just know that I’m not it. And neither are many accidental adults. Especially the kind…

Expect evolutions

Like it or not, eventually we all grow up. Even accidental adults like you. But when those watershed maturity moments hit you – and they will – don’t freak out. So you’re pretty sure you…

Tastes great? Less thrilling.

Yet again, another friend of mine recently encouraged me to try his homemade beer. I know many assimilated adults will say they genuinely love the craft of home brewing. They consider it an art form…

Hey Jude

I dedicated my book to two saints – my late father and St. Jude. Both were easy choices. My father was a man of few words, lots of love, incredible wit and will probably remain…

Kicked in the face

I’m a very proud child of the ‘80s in every way, but especially in music. Like most of my friends during high school, I warmly embraced the L.A. hard rock, glam metal, hair band scene.…