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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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankfully Yours...

For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened. After all, I have done some truly dumb things in my life, things that coulda/woulda/shoulda resulted in death/disability/incarceration/deportation but somehow didn’t. From great ideas like exploring drainpipes and old sewers... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Life is hard. It's even harder when you're stupid..."

The late, great John Wayne, the Duke himself, is credited with the above quotation. He was right. Notice I said “was.” Apparently, in our society, stupidity is permanently in. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking politics or fashion trends, a sort of public idiocy is now in vogue, to be carefully... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Refrigerator rebellion...

I’m doomed. Living on borrowed time. Any day now I’ll be busy displacing roots in some nearby marble orchard. You see, not only have I happily indulged in all things decreed terrible for you – cheeseburgers, hotdogs, bacon, bacon cheeseburgers, tobacco, alcohol, various and sundry products of mother... Sign in to see full entry.

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