Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/08/12

Blogging A to Z: R is for I suck at this.

This is just another part of the whole Blogging A to Z series where I pick a letter and just write.

Months ago – and yes, it’s been that long – I put together a list of topics beginning with the letters A-to-Z in which I was going to write about everything from being an Asshole to what should be today’s topic de jour, Reality. So far I’m failing on several levels.

For one, it shouldn’t take this long. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet and I’m on what, blog number 18? Eighteen blogs in four-months? Pretty weak if you ask me.

Two, after coming up with five potential topics for the letter “R” – and settling on Reality – I’ve realized that my thoughts on all of them are either a) uninteresting to anyone and/or b) do not provide enough content in which to fill a 500-word blog.

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Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/08/01

Blogging A to Z: Q is for Quick-wit

This is just another part of the whole Blogging A to Z series where I pick a letter and just write.

Technically, I believe the spirit of this whole Blogging from A-to-Z concept is so that others can learn a little bit more about me: my likes, dislikes, personality, etc. Although why anyone would care about the interests of some no-name internet blogger is beyond me. Seriously, get a life.

Today’s topic de jour is ‘quick-witted’. (And for a moment, put yourself in my shoes: if you had to think of 26 topics to write about, each starting with a different letter, what would you pick for the letter ‘Q’? Trust me, it kind of sucks.)

Sarcasm T-shirts from Zazzle.

I’m not rude. I’m funny. (Photo from

I’ve been told that I’ve got a quick-wit. Some might use the term ‘dry humor’ or perhaps ‘sarcastic’. Sometimes, people just think I’m a ‘funny guy’.

The bottom line: I’m a smart-ass*.

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Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/07/23

Political Debates

Warning: the following is political in nature and should not be read by anyone. Oh! And since “P” was next on my ‘Blogging from A-to-Z’ list anyway, I’m going count this for that as well.

On their Facebook page, 3TV here in Phoenix recently posted the following questions in regards to an upcoming political debate between six (party name not important) candidates for Arizona governor: What issues matter most to YOU in the upcoming election for governor? What would you ask the candidates?

Arizona Primary Debate '14

Photo from 3TV News Facebook

Aside from the usual stupidity and insults displayed by people on Facebook when it comes to rationally discussing ANYTHING political, this story, these questions and of course people’s responses actually ticked me off. (I know: looks who’s being irrational now, huh?)

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Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/07/17

Arizona and Autism

On a previous installment of Life at the Speed of Matt, you might recall that young Matt was struggling big-time with my move to Arizona. As I’ve often tried to hit home in these blogs about Matt, transitions are not easy for kids on the autism spectrum. Those with autism simply have a more difficult time adjusting to change.

Thus, you’ll often hear parents, teachers, doctors, therapists and other so-called “experts” talk about the need for routines and daily patterns. My wife and I – oh who am I kidding? – my wife has done a great job of creating consistency in Matt’s life. On a daily basis, he knows what to expect and if there’s ever a change, we try to prepare him for it ahead of time.

Matt at Peter Piper's Pizza

Pre-pepperoni at Peter Piper’s Pizza.

Which means, of course, we still go out of our way to expose Matt to new and interesting things. I mean, he’s still a kid and no kid should live life in a predictable bubble. As his parents we just need to anticipate and read the signs before he becomes overwhelmed. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose (give back the spark, come light the fuse…*)

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Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/07/14

Blogging A to Z: O is for Opinions

Just trying to plug along the whole Blogging A to Z series where I pick a letter and just write.

I have opinions which, by definition, makes me opinionated. And for anyone who has read this blog in the past, that shouldn’t be news to anyone.

People with many opinions.

Differing opinions aren’t always a bad thing.

How’s the old saying go? Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has them. (And I’m no different.)

Though what I think is a little different – at least with me anyway – is that I’m usually not shy about letting people know mine. If you ask me a question, if you want to know my thoughts, I’ll tell you. And not only will I tell you, rarely will I sugarcoat my answer.

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Posted by: Michael Miller | 2014/07/08

Blogging A to Z: N is for Names

Just trying to plug along the whole Blogging A to Z series where I pick a letter and just write. Believe me, I actually have a full A-to-Z list I’m working through. It’s just taking longer than I thought.

For a long time, people’s names have been an interest of mine. Some might even say obsession. What originally started out as a radio bit in college – teasing guys with, uhh, less than manly names – has turned into so much more.

Someone’s name, its spelling, its pronunciation and origin can have a huge impact on that person’s life. There’s a true sociological affect.

I don’t care how many degrees, awards, publications, or honors he might someday have – if you name your kid Adolph Hitler, he’s completely screwed from the proverbial get-go.

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