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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

TUESDAY AT THE CENTER

No two days are alike at the Main Street Center. So Tuesday a new lady came in, all smiles, and printed one name Doniss – pronounced Donesia. I asked if it was her first time at The Center. No, don’t you remember me from Friday? I said I hadn’t been there on Friday, but I would have remembered a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Why do women like whiskery men?

C_C_T asked that in his comment yesterday. After giving it a bit of thought - maybe it has to do with Santa Claus. There was a Grand Ol' Opry star of yesteryear named Minnie Pearl who used to tell countrified jokes and introduce musical acts... Her opening was a loud "Howwww-dy!" in the high-pitched... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ABOUT RPRESTA’S QUESTION…

Rpresta asked if the walnut tree neighbor was the same one who used to kill squirrels. Short answer: no. The walnut tree neighbor is to the left as I step out the front door. That place belongs to a landlord who does as little maintenance as he can. One renter caulked some spots in the soffits,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 23, 2017

NUTS!

This has been a banner year for the next door neighbor’s walnut tree. Last year it barely produced two dozen fruits that landed on my side of the property line. This year my boys scooped up two five-gallon pails full, and left almost that many behind. Russ says he’s going to plant twenty or thirty... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

JOB RELATED INJURIES

Guys notice girls. They show some appreciation, not always in the most courteous way, sometimes it gets a bit aggressive, and in the powerful and entitled, it gets to the level of criminality. Every workplace I’ve spent time in has its “Handsy Andy,” the guy who tells sex jokes and/or propositions... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

Wednesday after Sandy and I delivered the car load of donations the CAC center, she dragged me to her monthly book club meeting. The book – which I hadn’t read – is “I Let You Go,” a best seller by Clare Mackintosh. All I knew about it was what I found on Google in a review. It starts out on a rainy... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 20, 2017

THURSDAY: WRITING GROUP

Well, I was almost late to class – by the time I stopped to make copies of the topics and pick up the sign-in sheet, I was three minutes past the opening bell. (there’s no bell) I’d been working on polishing/editing something & lost track of time. Our topics were 1) Your home town, and 2) Christmas... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DAY OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE

One of the writers in my Thursday group at the Center is a recently retired activities director who had worked at several senior care facilities. She’s one who learns all the names and finds out what their interests are and comes up with things that make them happy. She grew up in a family of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On The Job - Conclusion

Late 1992 - Writing on the Wall I should have seen it coming. There were signs. Early on in his tenure, Lew had taken on a public service research survey involving several other colleges: our Carbondale campus, the U of I at Champaign, and several community colleges. The others did most of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On the Job - Part 2

1990 - How The Rug was Pulled Within the first month of his arrival at the department, Lew changed the work. He decided certain aspects – info gathering on zoning regulations and mapping the locations of undermined areas – should be put on the back burner in favor of his own most marketable talent... Sign in to see full entry.

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