I’d Like to Buy a Vowel

On Feb. 7, 1996, I caught this ad in the events section of The Daily Cougar, the school newspaper at the University of Houston. Wheel -- KHOU-TV (Channel 11) is looking for 120 college students to try out for a chance to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.

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Relationships and Burritos

There was a time in my life where I was really terrible to people in service industries. I attribute this mostly to being about 20 years old and full of ego.

LOST and Found…

Yeah, I know what you're saying. I haven't written anything in more than a year. That's not entirely accurate, I suppose. I have been writing, but I just haven't been writing here.

Jumping From the Top Rope

There were lots of things that captured the youth imagination in the '80s. There were loud fashions, Swatches, music videos and the Brat Pack. For me, though, professional wrestling ranked high on my list of interests.

Reprogramming My Career

Growing up, I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to do for a career. Where most kids would go into a department store and head directly to the toys section, my mom always knew she could find me in the electronics area.

Surviving Failure

My first year of college was probably one of the most difficult times in my life. As desperate as I was to leave my parents and find my own way in the world, I had some trouble adjusting to living away from home. I met a few really cool folks that first year, and they are still friendships I value today. However, I'll be the first to admit that I was really lost academically.

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