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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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sing along with Strat...or not...

I don’t know what the psychological term for it is, but we all do it. It’s that condition where you start singing a song everyone knows in theory but you hopelessly botch the lyrics because you’ve heard them in your head that way for so long. The classic illustration is that scene in the movie... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Song of the late blooming Red Bird: Reprise

A lot of posts around here have got me to thinking of late. Thinking about what's important. What's even vital. What is and what should never be, to crib from Robert Plant. Dang all ya'll anyway -- I hate it when I start thinking... At any rate, all that cogitation spurred me to disinter another old... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Doctor, doctor...

It’s almost time for my periodic visit to my doctor. He’s actually an old friend and a good guy – and I still hate going to see him, at least in a professional capacity. As a long time, card-carrying hypochondriac, I have had every horrible condition known to human kind, from Bubonic Plague to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Observations but no answers

The late, great George Carlin was a man of many inspired observations on our society. One of many things he noted, and rightfully skewered, is the fact that you don’t really see many class clowns any more – because their parents put them all on Ritalin. Even before we got into the pros and cons, of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Darwin is watching: Reprise

here’s an old joke: What are a redneck’s last words? “Hey ya’ll, wartch this!” As I just shamelessly cribbed an old joke, I’ll continue the trend by taking a line from Al Gore. “I invented the Darwin Awards.” Okay, not really. But hey, I’m astonished I’m still around considering the extraordinarily... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"You will be assimilated ..."

If you watched 60 Minutes Sunday, you might have seen the latest scare piece about how the Silicon Valley is working very hard to warp and control minds across the planet via phone apps and social media. All I can say is, “ho hum.” I’ve seen the same tired old scare tactics being trotted out every... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 7, 2017

OK, Black Cat -- this is why I shouldn't own a gun...

This one is a re-run for Black Cat -- ultimately, it's why I don't need a gun around the house. I actually do have one, but like Barney Fife, I keep it unloaded. Unlike Barney, I don't even keep one bullet nearby. This happened several years ago, but it's still pretty funny and I always keep it in... Sign in to see full entry.

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