It was time to shake up my routine. I decided to take a half-day off to do fun, unusual things my wife would also enjoy. We began by arriving for the Grand Opening ceremony of our little town’s Farmers Market. All the newspaper said was “9am Goat Parade” Continue reading
Category Archives: humor
Did you know the word “quiz” originally meant an odd person? That’s from the Oxford English Dictionary. In the days before the Internet I used to read dictionaries and reference indexes while in residence upon the porcelain throne. Some prefer magazines, I’m told. Continue reading
Like the weather in my region, I’m in a holding pattern. I haven’t felt the need to write much lately. I’m recharging my psychic batteries, reading, dreaming, and waiting for it to get warmer and dryer so I can enjoy more outdoor activities.
I’ve been hearing a lack of reason in the current debate over how to deal with our violent culture, including through gun control. I can’t go very deep with this subject, because the flaws in these arguments are so obvious, but I still feel the need to give some simple reactions. Continue reading
You can’t look good in that sweater.
You guys know I’m a fairly traditional sort of holiday observer, right? No, really, it’s true. STOP LAUGHING!!! Continue reading
The Gun Control petition I reprinted yesterday went viral. It gathered more than 200,000 signatures in support, and the author, Staci Sarkin, will be going to Congress in person to present it.
There’s some current woo-woo about the world ending on December 21st, because that’s when the Mayan calendar “ends”. I wouldn’t put much stock in the prophetic abilities of the Mayans. They stopped calculating their calendar because they were too busy dealing with the invasion of the Spanish, and two centuries of drought, both of which decimated their culture, neither of which they saw coming. Continue reading
I have a bad cold, so I have to stay in alone while my pals are feasting together, and I’m kind of grumpy about it. I had the good fortune to help restore a truly remarkable film, Giant (1956), a decade ago. It’s full of honest, meaningful glimpses into the contradictions of American life. Continue reading
Archie Roosevelt, with Presidential pet badger Josiah, who bit visitors.
WOO-HOO! It’s OVER! Those suffering from arrested development will continue to whine for a bit if their man or woman didn’t win, but the wisest will progress to more important matters. Like raking leaves, cleaning the gutters, and throwing out those stupid lawn signs. Continue reading
Because Presidential elections follow a week after Halloween, it’s fun to make visual associations between traditional zombies (the walking dead) and politicians (the talking dead). Continue reading
Many bats, like this leaf-nosed one, see quite well.
We had a particularly stimulating FULL CONTACT TRIVIA contest at the bar last weekend. Continue reading
My outfit took a turn toward spywear, an appropriate expression of my personality. I found an African metal object in my box of odd accessories, stuck it on the coat as a badge, and became a Victorian paranormal operative. Continue reading
THE HELLHOUND Continue reading
The region of the United States I used to be from is well known for setting trends. Folks there are the pioneers of all sorts of innovations, good and bad. A couple of holiday seasons back, prospective customers in Palm Springs were shooting each other over the availability of some price-reduced TVs. I’m glad to say that sort of dangerous behavior has evolved and improved since. Continue reading
There were these college students who were objecting to huge hikes in tuition. It’s one of those “clear messages” people have been demanding of protesters in the Occupy movement. Continue reading