These columns were originally written for a San Diego publication under the rubric “But I Digress…”. Naturally, that gave me the wonderful option of writing on pretty much any subject I wanted. I think you’ll find that’s exactly what I did.
I started writing these columns on a (more or less) monthly basis back in 1993. At that time the editor wanted fairly long columns. Later, space grew tighter and the column space shorter. For some years the editor suggested themes that I tried to adhere to, however obliquely. Eventually that tradition died. Ever since I have simply written on whatever subject I was interested at the time or, in times of an empty head, whatever subject I could shoehorn into the format. I tried never to repeat myself, rarely get political, and to always remember that my primary job was to entertain. I’ll leave it to you to decide how well I succeeded.
I think there was only one column that was outright fiction. It was just a story I wanted to write, for personal reasons. For the rest, any adventures or public follies are absolutely true. They really happened. I just seem to have a talent for getting into ridiculous situations.
Of course, all these columns are copyrighted. Feel free to contact me if you want to use them. A few have already been republished. Generally they’re free, but I’m not averse to making a little money.
I hope you enjoy them.