The fact that there are still car pool lanes in many major cities (also called HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes is a testament to the durability of government programs, even when they make no logical sense and make everyone worse off in net balance.

For those who are not familiar with car pool lanes, they are the left most lane of a highway or freeway which are reserved for vehicles with 2 or more passengers. …


With the popularization of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the spread of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools, universities and corporations during the past few years, the topic of slavery reparations has been put on the agenda by the political Left.

The issue of past slavery is being used by the Left to accomplish many political purposes; paradoxically, none of them has anything to do with evils of slavery. How do I know that, you ask? …


Thomas Sowell is one of the world’s greatest living intellectuals.

I write that sentence with mixed feelings because I don’t really believe Sowell is “one of” the world’s greatest intellectuals, I actually believe he is the greatest intellectual alive today. But because I can’t honestly say I am familiar with every intellectual alive today, it would be intellectually sloppy for me to make the far stronger claim, though I do believe it to be true.

Thomas Sowell is best known as an Economist who taught at many top schools including Cornell, Brandeis, Amherst and UCLA.

In 1977 he became a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and…


“The Reading Challenge”

Five weeks ago, I noticed that I hadn’t been reading much lately. I just never seemed to be in the mood. My excuse was that working all day and raising four little girls by night is exhausting and there’s no time or energy left for reading books.

But reading books is really important to me, it’s something I’ve always loved doing, and so I resolved to find a way to make it work for me. Somehow.

“The Reading Challenge” was born!

I committed to reading a book a week for one month. That’s four books in total. At the end…


Our Family of 6 Was Hit Hard This Year.

Sunday Fun Day at the Santa Monica Pier. 1 Day Before the Mother of all Flu’s Hit Us Hard

It was Monday, January 21, 2019 when our 4 year old first showed signs of fever. I remember the date because the day before, on Sunday, I had taken our 3 daughters (6, 4 and 2) to the Santa Monica pier amusement park to go on rides and hang out on the beach. They were all healthy and full of smiles.

That was about to change.

That Monday night our 4 year old started to feel sick. She was feverish, lethargic and had even thrown up once or twice. She didn’t…


One Guys’ Strategy for a Thriving Marriage

I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliché “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” I’ve heard it many times and I’ve even said it a few times to friends of mine who have come to me with marital woes looking for advice. When you say “Happy Wife, Happy Life” to another man, everyone’s response is the same: ’ “I know, I know….” followed by a look of resignation on their face.

This cliché is based on the belief that if only you could make (and keep) your wife happy, then you too would experience a happy…


How I Came to Own The Most Famous Sign in History

Checkpoint Charlie Nov 1, 1989, eight days before the Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was June 22, 1990, a day I will never forget. It was a special day in Berlin, there was to be a large ceremony at the former border crossing between East and West Berlin called “Checkpoint Charlie.” This was the day the checkpoint was to be officially dismantled and the Allied soldiers (American, British and French) who had guarded the checkpoint since 1961 would go home, never to return.


What I’ve Learned Leading a Group of Guys To Do 100 Pushups a Day.

I can’t remember exactly what motivated me to first start a pushup challenge. Maybe I was bored and just wanted a new challenge to motivate me? Maybe I wanted more strength and was tired of lifting at the gym? I really don’t remember.

But I remember floating the idea to a bunch of guy friends of mine, about 15 guys in total. Most of the guys in the group ignored my suggestion, just didn’t respond one way or the other. I found that interesting at the…


Raising Kids is a Total Pain in the Ass. Why I Love It Anyway.

A tattoo I got in 2015

When I tell people I have 5 kids, they often gasp in amazement. “Whoa,” they say, “that’s a lot.” To which I usually reply “Well, you know, after I had one kid my life was completely ruined anyway, so I figured I might as well go ‘All In’.”


From Dad’s Point of View

My wife woke me at around Midnight on December 22, 2018. “I’m having pretty intense contractions” she said. “Did you download that app which times the contractions” she asked? “Not yet” I replied with a sense of panic in my voice, “let me do that right now.”

Within seconds I had an app downloaded and was faithfully timing my wife’s contractions at her command. “Now!” she would grunt. Followed soon thereafter by “Stop!” Shortly after I started the tracking process, she got on her knees in the bathroom and was like “Oh my God, this is happening fast!”.

Texting with Davi

I texted…

Alan Wolan

Father of Five, Husband of One, Slayer of Dragons.

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