Stuff to Do in Roanoke

I recently had a client complain to me that there's just nothing to do in our city. And it's a complaint that I remember hearing a lot when I was a kid. Growing up around here, I think I even made that complaint from time to time because I'm certain I eventually took things for … Continue reading Stuff to Do in Roanoke

A Let Down at the Cinema

Recently, I moved back to my hometown of Roanoke, having spent the past seven years or so in the New River Valley. Overall, I really like Roanoke. It's not a bad little city, once you figure out where you're going and how to avoid certain traffic spots in certain times of the day. My only … Continue reading A Let Down at the Cinema

It Really Has Been 20 Years…

In the days leading up to my 20-Year High School Reunion, I found myself asking some friends about their own high school experiences. Would they want to relive any of it? Would they do anything different? Not once did I get a yes. I'm genuinely curious about the statistic on how many people actually enjoyed … Continue reading It Really Has Been 20 Years…

The Confusing Middle’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

I did this last year. And the year before that. Being the third year in a row, I guess we can now call the Top 10 an annual tradition. This is the post where I look back at the previous year and make a list of the blog posts that got the most traffic throughout … Continue reading The Confusing Middle’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

That Week I Spent a Day in Roanoke

It's not often that I feel nostalgic about the city in which I grew up. But I recently spent a week there, and as I drove around town, the nostalgia was so thick I thought I'd have to brush it away from my face. Yeah, I live in Blacksburg and I recently vacationed in a … Continue reading That Week I Spent a Day in Roanoke

Not a Sentimental Bone

A couple months back, I got a call from my mom letting me know that she had come across a couple of boxes full of old keepsakes that clearly belonged to me. Several years ago, I let her know that, as a rule, if I don't know about it, then I won't miss it. But … Continue reading Not a Sentimental Bone

Why I Love My Town

Kids, I live in a little town called Blacksburg. At times, it doesn't seem that little. That's mostly because it's home to Virginia Tech, which is our state's largest university. Except that it's not... actually... #alternativefacts Anyway, when the students aren't around, Blacksburg definitely has a small town feel. But, really, it doesn't matter if … Continue reading Why I Love My Town

Running

Several years ago... more years than I care to admit... I was sitting around with a friend of mine lamenting some decisions that the powers that be in the city of Roanoke were making. The two of us thought it would be great to run for city council. Though it never happened. I moved to … Continue reading Running

Flying to Florida

This morning, I began a journey. It began in my home of Blacksburg, Virginia. It ended in Orlando, Florida. A lot has happened today. As I write these words, it's late at night and I have, at this point, been awake for about 20 hours. I've had longer stretches without sleep. But sleep is calling … Continue reading Flying to Florida

Oh, The Places I’ve Been, Part 3

After I'd spent two nights in Virginia Beach, I headed back to Richmond, where I would stay for the remainder of my vacation. As I've mentioned (I think) in previous posts about this particular trip, I was not looking for anything exotic or exciting. I was looking for a chance to relax as much as … Continue reading Oh, The Places I’ve Been, Part 3