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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Divvying up the trough...

Remember the old story about the farmer and his pig with the wooden leg? As the story goes, a Yankee tourist traveling in these parts happened to see a farmer on the side of the road hand-feeding apples to a pig. Intrigued, he slowed for a better look and was astounded to see that the pig, as fine a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Channel surfing back to the library...

“Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!” My face flushes, my blood pressure spikes. “Nouveau riche cretin! Why do you need a seven bedroom house when you don’t even have kids?” Like John Kennedy Toole’s Ignatius J. Reilly delivering his bombastic screeds at the movie screen... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rock my Curmudgeon-hood!

There’s this stranger who yells at noisy kids, shakes his fists at speeders in the neighborhood, glares at youngsters who thump the subwoofers in their cars at sub-atomic testing volume levels, and has yet to understand most of the applications on his cellphone. And I see him every time I look into... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An old Strat family holiday classic...

It could have been a complete and unmitigated disaster. It could have even dangerously imperiled the free world as they knew it. It turned out to be one of the most rocking parties Fort Bragg had ever seen. A few years back, my mom and her dear friend – my late, great Auntie Fran – were busily... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Flying by the seat of my britches, sort of...

One thing that’s kind of depressing about finding yourself a couple of decades out of college is the realization that spontaneity is more of an enemy than an adventure. The closest I've come to spontaneity of late was the other day when a trip to the beach turned into a quest to see Angel Oak. We... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rerun of a Strat Family Classic

I know I have written about my many shenanigans over the years, the various and sundry moments when I almost but not quite made the Darwin Awards. But this story my Uncle told me is still a classic. This kid somehow almost made the Darwins nearly half a century before they existed. You must remember... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The worst flight ever...

Once upon a time there was this annoying little kid named Strat who used to love to fly. He wasn’t crazy about wearing his Sunday best to get on the plane, but even at an early age he loved the attention the hot flight attendants gave him and started developing his first repertoire of cheap moves.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gotta keep dancin' with the dogs

The late, great Will Rogers once said that if there were no dogs in heaven, when he died, he wanted to go wherever they were. Amen, Will. There is no place worthy of the name “Heaven” that would presume to keep our furry friends outside the gates, pearly or otherwise. And I sure wouldn’t want to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Enemy Mine: Part Deux

I can see him just out of the corner of my eye. Felt him first, even as he scampered mindlessly across the back of my hand. He’s waving at me now, obviously a gesture of defiance and derision. He knows he’s already won. OK, not really – it just seems that way. He is one of nature’s marvels -- a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Strat's Back, and talking them Carolina 5-0 Blues...

So I received this nondescript little package in the mail the other day — looked sort of like yet another credit card offer. But no -- it was an invitation to join AARP, complete with membership card, explanation of benefits, and even an offer for a groovy free tote bag. Wait a minute. AARP? That... Sign in to see full entry.

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