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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Holiday road blues: Reprise

Welcome to July in South Carolina. If you don't actually live here, or if you have never been here but want to know what it's like, go out to the back yard, fill a paper plate with sand and road gravel, wet it thoroughly, then microwave it for ten minutes, then dump it on your shirt or in your lap.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Is this blogger a technophobe?

P.J. O’Rourke, the editor of American Consequences and one of my heroes of journalism – one of the funniest writers on the planet and possibly the only right wing humorist in existence today – asked a very simple but vital question recently. His question, pointed directly at technology and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lessons from a "local"

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving sight. We were pulling into, of all things, a remote picnic area parking lot when I saw it – a large-bodied snake crawling on the hot asphalt trying to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A couple of post Independence Day reflections

I damit it -- I'm still something of a patriotic geek. Proud of it. My country, right or wrong, warts and all. It's just too good of an idea to give up on. I love the Fourth of July – everything it represents. The celebration of the birth of this place we call home, the unimaginably bold step it... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to the mailbox...

The day I received my very first package from this group, I nearly had apoplexy. That in and of itself should have clued me that maybe I did need to join them after all. The first one came, unannounced, in a plain white envelope, an obvious postal disguise for either ridiculously usurious credit... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Scratching my head, yet again...

I swear, one of these days I’m going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I’m already more than halfway there -- or just shake it right off my shoulders. The latest thing to make me go “huh” was a story I read, I think on MSN.com, about a high school junior who was elected student body... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Technologically challenged, yet again...

I recently read a pretty amusing story about a guy who went on vacation in Iceland. He had flown into Reykjavik, the capital city, and planned to drive around the country at his leisure, taking in the sights and hanging out in different places. To that end, he had even popped a few extra bucks for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A few post Memorial Day reflections

For several years now, I have displayed two American flags from my front porch on Memorial Day. They are the funeral flags of my father and grandfather, the last tribute from the nation given to those who served in the military. I don’t keep them up all the time, however, as they are not weather... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Join the party. Why not?

There’s an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” I’m not sure if I singlehandedly hacked off the entire Ming Dynasty in a past life or just made one too many fortune cookie jokes over the years, but I do indeed find myself living in interesting times. But I wouldn’t call it a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cooking with gas...

I recently bit the bullet and did something I’ve been meaning to do for about two years now. I am sublimely happy, too. Nope, didn’t buy a motorcycle or get hair plugs, although that may be next on the late mid-mid life crisis to do list. I went to the middle-aged adult toy store, a place known as... Sign in to see full entry.

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