The Cankerboy Manifesto

More astute observers may have noticed some changes recently to the site, and that’s because… well… there have been some major changes recently.  Not just to the design and the content, but on [...]


The Upside: Turning Down Food

We’ve all been there. You’re at the in-laws.  Or a family reunion.  Or the house of a good friend.  Or a friend of a friend.  It’s time for dinner. And whoever it is that is [...]


Gentle Giants and Little Monsters

When I was a kid, my grandparents owned a ranch, and for some reason, they had nearly a dozen dogs.  So many that I didn’t even know all their names.  They ran pretty much free around the [...]


The Upside – Being Judgmental

From time to time, I like to write satirical posts that expose the upside of having canker sores. Today I’m talking about a simple pleasure that we alone get to enjoy. We get to look down [...]


Why Smokers Have the Right Idea

The place where I work has lately seemed to wage war against smoking. Within a couple of days, they announced a new insurance policy that would require smokers to pay an additional $75 a month [...]


I need an intervention.

It’s time to come clean.  I am an addict. I’ve been addicted since I was a child.  I have engaged in this behavior almost every day for as long as I can remember.  It’s affected [...]


Trading pain for pain

Last year, I had the unbelievable luck to get a kidney stone.  It was awesome. And by awesome, I mean something that made me pray for sweet death. I’d never had one before, and it felt [...]


The Upside

I once knew a girl – a friend of my girlfriend at the time –  who lived in another state and I didn’t see very often.  One day she came to visit and I’d noticed that [...]


This one time, at band camp…

…I had the worst ulcer of all time (cue Kanye West impression). When I was in high school, I was in marching band.  More than that, I was the drum major.  I was the head band geek.  Which [...]