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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Communication breakdown

I got a pretty interesting phone call the other day. OK, it wasn’t actually that interesting. It was just slightly interesting to me because the guy on the other end obviously had done what I do. The call was from some poor, harassed guy down in the Lowcountry. Apparently, he had received something... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Because etiquette and common sense never go out of style...

This came to me several years ago from a fellow musician. It sums up what every band out there knows and I only wish I had come up with it myself. Alas, regardless of who came up with it, it’s a set of lessons worth repeating every so often. After all, etiquette and common sense never go out of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

He's a poet and he wasn't aware of it...

Here's something, not mine, that I posted yesterday on my "Random Dumb Joke Tuesday feature on my Facebook page. I am finding the older I get the more I identify with the author's sentiments... Enjoy! "My face in the mirror isn't wrinkled or drawn. My house isn't dirty. The cobwebs are gone. My... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday flashback...

If you grew up with me, then you probably lived through, or were part of, a number of insanely stupid mishaps, from a dent in the cabbage from taking a direct hit between the eyes from a point-blank bottle rocket, to falling out of trees, ripping clothes and skin on barbed wire fences, various and... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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