Boxing Lessons – Babbittville

From the archives: Remembering my dad on Father’s Day…… The ceiling above my head is a mere four feet high. The pavement my knees are scraping against is raw and abusive. As a child, the crawl space under my parent’s home was always one of my favorite places to be… Memories stored in rows and…

Mother’s Day – Babbittville

I can tell she is pissed from the way she is walking toward me. Long steps, purposeful steps, I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that steps. I am doing the announcing up in the tower at what is affectionately called ‘The Hot Corner’ at the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside, California back in March of 2008. It has gotten that cool ‘The…

The Puzzle – Babbittville

I originally wrote The Puzzle in 2008, after Craig Alexander won his first Ironman Triathlon World Championship title.  The pieces are small and scattered all over the jagged emptiness of the Big Island lava fields. The edges have been blasted to bits by the hellacious winds that can, at different times of the day, help…