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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Summer of Dirty Fred's: Prequel

Not too long ago, I wrote about the sublime experience that was the summer of Dirty Fred’s. To be sure, there has never been another place on the planet like it, thank God. And yet, here’s the funny thing, and possibly even an bit of insight into my brand of insanity: I got to live the dream twice.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Here's a dumb joke to hold everyone until I think of something to write...

This one actually comes from my "Random Dumb Joke Tuesday" feature on Facebook. I'll come up with something a little more substiantial shortly. Enjoy! Cinderella longed to go to the ball and begged her stepmother to let her go. The stepmother finally agreed, but only on the condition that Cinderella... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Those critters of mine...

I often quote the late, great Will Rogers, who said, “When I die, if there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go wherever they went.” Lately, I’ve been thinking that if there’s anything to the idea of reincarnation, then I want to come back as one of my critters. That my dogs are spoiled is a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When life imitates art...

A friend of mine posted a video on social media recently. The video is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time, which probably means it will disturb and offend everyone else on the planet. It’s a parody info-mercial touting the virtues of a great new invention, something called the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Darwin is watching...

I recently read a news item about a guy, described as an amateur scientist, who has been keeping extremely venomous and goading them into biting him as part of an ongoing home research project into snakebite vaccine. In fact, he has allowed his snakes, including a couple of rattlers, cobras, a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 18, 2016

At the tone, the time will be 4:42 a.m….

Forgive them, Lord; they know exactly what they’re doing. I can’t seem to reconcile myself to the extreme swings of the pendulum. Thus far, I can’t see myself pulling the lever for any of the candidates running for president – not one. There’s not a one on the Republican side I would trust with a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 was the year of...

At first glance, I would have probably gone with the most recent meme – “2015 the year absolutely everyone was offended.” After all, it seems you can’t so much as yawn without having someone from the National Association of Terminally Boring Pinheads, or some such, planning a march in your front... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas spirit in all its incarnations...

There have been many memorable Christmases celebrated in my 51 trips around the sun. Because I’m a little twisted, I tend to remember things that tend to undo years of therapy for most everyone else. The year we all fell ill to a particularly violent stomach bug on Christmas Eve, prompting the most... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Joys of Middle Age: Part Deux

It’s fun to dream, eh? Years ago, when I thought I was going to be the next Dave Barry, I would tag almost everything I wrote with the following phrase: “Give generously to the Jim Tatum needs a Beach House Now fund.” I think my financial plan at the time consisted of a dream that my much deserved... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

All in the Family: Part Deux

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve gone to our annual Thanksgiving family reunion. We have traditionally gathered at my aunt’s house in Bamberg the Saturday after Thanksgiving to catch up, re-tell hoary but hilarious tales of years past, engage in a little ancestor worship, and of course, gorge... Sign in to see full entry.

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