I was sitting at my desk one morning, attempting to write a funny joke about Stevie Wonder at a restaurant when a chilling thought crept over me.

What the hell am I doing with my life?

It was the pure, unadulterated kind of existential terror which only happens early in the morning or occasionally very late at night.  The fear of a wasted life, of lost time.  Of our own mortality.

The answer to the question ass very simple.  I am doing exactly what I want to with my life.  It just so happened that what I wanted– my happiness in that moment– involved writing a joke about Stevie Wonder at a restaurant.  It’s a bad joke; I won’t tell it here.

Far too often our sense of self is defined by external forces.  We are pressured to act a certain way, to quantify success  and failure as tangible things, which are mostly bullshit concepts to begin with.

Do what makes you happy.  Life is too damn short for anything else.

This site is all about Houston.  It’s also about me.  Mainly me, probably.  My first book is entitled  Unique Eats and Eateries-Houston, and will debut in Spring of 2019.

OK fine, I’ll tell the joke after all:

What’s the worst thing Stevie Wonder can say about his meal?  “It looks great!”

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