Roger Martin

My name is Roger Martin, Jr., and I’m a rambling man if there ever was one. I’ve lived in 17 different houses in 13 different cities in 8 different states. I am a father, a roofer, a teacher, a reader, an husband, a Jesus-follower, a carpenter, a thinker, and a lifetime member of "Sinners Anonymous." I love my family, Taco Bell, music, New England, God, Dr. Pepper, Ethiopia, games, driving, a great question and anything outdoors. For better or worse, I almost always have something to say. Like I said; I’m a ramblin’ man.

Storage Wars: Alabama

My son-in-law, Jeff, first put me on to the show.  Storage Wars.  One episode, and I was hooked.  The concept is simple and compelling.  The cameras follow four featured “buyers” who go to auctions at storage facilities.  When storage facilities have customers who stop paying their unit rentals for several months, their units are sold …

Tears for Newtown

December 14 was going to be just another Friday…until someone called: “Are you following the story on the news? A school in Connecticut.  Is your family o.k.?”  A few minutes later, my wife and I sat in stunned silence, watching a strange, unbelievable kind of story unfold on the television news.  I was at the …

How hard can it be to install a light fixture?

It was supposed to be easy.  After all, I’ve installed dozens of light fixtures; I can do it in my sleep.  I probably HAVE installed a fixture in my sleep.  Replacing the second bedroom light fixture in my new Huntsville home would be done in minutes, allowing me to get to installing the bedroom flooring. …

Knocks on our front door

Can I mow your lawn? (Actually, I already told “Kathy” up the street that she could mow the lawn. Thanks anyway.) The flapper on our toilet isn’t working right. I bought a new one, and I was wondering if you could help me put it in? (A few minutes and a few stories later, that …

The Unforgettable Junior Seau

I almost cried.  I opened my laptop and toggled over to espn.com to get my quick sports update fix.  And that’s when I saw it.  A picture of Junior Seau below which were two dates and a dash (1969-2012).  Obviously, two dates and a dash is bad news.  I was stunned. Scanning the headline and …

The five-minute stolen laptop story

He and I were staring at each other, standing ten yards apart in the middle of the road. He was studying me with narrow eyes, trying to catch his breath, holding my laptop. I guess I should tell you how we got to that moment. In November of 2011, my wife, Joy, and I bought …

The World’s Greatest Blogger

I wrestled for weeks and months with whether I would begin serious blogging.  In fact, I put this blog together months ago, and I’m only just now publishing.  I will tell you why.  I want to be great.  Years ago, the band Calloway sang: “I wanna be rich.”  I can’t relate.  Seriously.  I don’t want …