Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Auld Lang Syne

Here's a toast to absent friends, the poets and singers, the dancers and do-ers, the muses who motivated us to say and do our best. How we miss their participation in the life of this place. Here’s to life and love and keeping on, to slogging through the mud. Here’s to bright moons and warm suns and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grandkids & friends...

Amy (14) called around noon. I was surprised she was up so early. She wanted me to take her and Evan shopping, or maybe out to eat. Evan is her gay friend; he reminds me of the fashionista nephew on "Ugly Betty." We went for a burger, stopped off at Kohl's so they could spend a few of their... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

College Daze

But, should I come in from the rain? School is cool says the educated fool. They taught me everything I know: the quantum theory, rudimentary philosophy, economic probability. My hair's long now, I'm finally free to be the man I want to be. But Mom says I'm an awful slob and I can't seem to find a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 28, 2009

College Daze ...

Degree Candidate History is not for me, the lovely freshman said. Accounting is the world's most trying bore. But art is fun when said and done and I just love to dance around the floor. Nursing's for the other guy You can send the math train right on by There's no career-girl plan designed for me.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

College Daze

Foul Shot The new recruit is six-foot-nine. He can sink a shot from the outer line with neat precision, grace and accuracy. He dominates the full court press and knows exactly how to dress to have the ladies clinging to his knee. His coach makes sure he has a bed, a campus roof above his head; he... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Statistics for NaNoWriMo 2009

This year, we has 167,150 participants, up 40% from 2008's total of 119,301. We wrote a total of 2,427,190,537 words, up 48% from 2008's collective word count of 1,643,343,993. This averaged out to 14,531 words per person. We had 32,173 winners, up 48% from 2008's total of 21,683. This gave us a... Sign in to see full entry.

"I yust go nuts at Chris'mas"

That's the title of an old novelty song by Ole Olson, sung in a fake Swedish accent. Certainly wouldn't get much play in this day and age, very un-PC. I used to enjoy things like that, various cultural groups joking together about their place (or displacement) in the overall culture, which generally... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dream Man

I saw the guy last night. The One. I was in a crowded auditorium, there was someone on the stage making a speech, and the guy stood up, over to the right of me in the center. When he stood, the crowd around him went quiet. The calm rippled out like waves on a pond when you drop a pebble; the fist... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bessie's Wedding Night -- from my '90s collection.

Bessie the barmaid and George from Hamstead fell in love at the pub and decided to wed. And then to the doctor did they promptly go, birth control information they needed to know. Doc explained all the options, the pill and the rest. They decided that jelly for them would be best. The wedding was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Poem For Computer Users Over 50

A computer was something on TV, From a science fiction show of note, A window was something you hated to clean, And ram was the father of a goat. Meg was the name of my girlfriend, And gig was a job for the night, Now they all mean different things, And that really mega bytes. An application was for... Sign in to see full entry.

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