There’s “the road less traveled” and then there’s the route I’m taking—“the unmarked trail.” Things don’t always turn out as you plan, so I rarely plan them.
I’ve lived all over our United States, but for more than 20 years I’ve called Eugene, Oregon my home. Just because the zip code hasn’t changed doesn’t mean the journey has halted.
I was lucky enough, pretty early in the game, to find a willing cohort to enthusiastically endorse my rambling adventures. I was doubly blessed when she turned out to be a caring, patient and resourceful partner. We had so much fun for such a long time that we convinced ourselves that it was forever, and we finally married. We traveled; we went to concerts and movies and restaurants with wine lists. Things were going pretty good, so we . . . you know . . . we messed around and started having kids.
I wasn’t working when the first one arrived, so “Presto, change-o”—I became the amazing, stay-at-home, Super Dad. It was distraction number four thousand and seventy-two of my academic/literary career, and I was totally unprepared, but things really weren’t that rough. It was just another switchback on “the unmarked trail.” I started working a night-job at the local paper to make things a touch more challenging when the second “little nipper” dropped in our laps. I’ve been hanging on by the skin of my teeth ever since.
In my fantasies, I’m some sort of a gonzo journalist making art out of experience, but most days just find me slapping together PBJs, crossing light-sabers and reuniting estranged socks. Still, I’ve managed to discover hair-raising twists and turns lurking beneath the seemingly docile surface of domestic life. Lou Reed said fatherhood was “the beginning of a Great Adventure”—just another chapter in my unfinished book.
Lunchsense is my friend because Nancy is my friend, and she is Lunchsense. Our children go to school together. I knew and liked her even before this “little engine that could” ever considered going. Lunchsense is also my friend because it has simplified and improved my daily grind. It introduced me to an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly lunching solution that makes me look like I know what I’m doing (at lunchtime, at least). I’m pleased to share my insights, mishaps, and discoveries with the ever-growing Lunchsense community.