Sometimes the best gifts come in unusual packages. The best gift I ever got came wrapped up in a blizzard just after Thanksgiving. This takes some explaining.
Long ago and far away I was a hard-working young professional-type guy. I was involved in a mostly long-distance relationship with a woman from…
I have been fortunate to live in a few cities, spread from London England to Sacramento California. I enjoyed some of the times more than others. I realize it really wasn't about my address. It was more about how I managed to fit into whatever surroundings I found around myself.
What's really important about where we live can be summed up best by harpists;
"Home is where the harp is". This is the answer for harpists. The rest of us just need to find…Continue
I liked Mr. Lindwall.
He was a good teacher. He was good to me in school. Few other teachers were willing to act like a friend to kids who were not rich in our fabulously wealthy school district.
Mr. Lindwall taught my "sex education for boys" class in 8th grade at Northbrook Junior High School. He changed jobs and moved to Glenbrook North High School at the same time I made that move.
Most of my fellow alumni still remember the names of the major…Continue
Life is full of rabbit holes, even if they don’t look like holes in the ground or involve rabbits. You still might fall into one. Sometimes it’s best to talk about a non-rabbit hole as if it really is a hole in the ground. After all, you may end up buried just the same. So be careful, children.
"Down the rabbit hole" isn’t a time or a place, it’s a state of mind. Not like Hawaii. More like New Jersey or Mississippi. A rabbit hole is a dark and unenlightened place. You might…Continue
I admit it, I don't enjoy much about winter. Even the wussy winters we have in Sacramento that often feel more like a long, foggy and rainy Midwestern early November.
I can't think of any better way to thumb my nose at cold and wet weather than making home-made soup. I can keep soup in the refrigerator and freezer, ready to warm up at a moment's notice. A bowl of this soup and a slice of bread…Continue
I liked Mr. Lindwall. He was good to me in school. Few other teachers were willing to act like a friend to kids who were not rich in our fabulously wealth school district.
Mr. Lindwall taught my "sex education for boys" class in 8th grade.
He taught us the anatomy of the major muscle groups using a washable marker to trace the contours of a ropy-built boy dressed in a speedo suit.
I enjoyed hitchhiking the 3 or 4 miles home from school near the…Continue
Last Fall, Tristan Fell-er fell into a life of fell-ony and depravity. Up to then, he was a regular fell-a. Many have asked how a fine boy raised in the leafy Seattle suburb of Fall City, where he was known as a fall-tless student in school, could fall from grace.Continue
This weeks Zoomers writers challenge is "what growing-up (or growing older) has taught you".
I don't know if I am yet done growing up at this ripe age of 53. I fear that if one day I decide my "growing - Up project" is complete, that will be the day I stop learning and lose all remaining relevance in our world.
I can think of a few general things growing up has taught me over the years;
Whatever it might be, you can't buy it. You can…Continue
“I read the news today, Oh Boy” we are in trouble.
I tend to wake up early, somewhere around 4 AM, but usually don’t feel well enough to get out of bed. Sometimes I get the morning newspaper and read it for a while. Yes – we are the last human beings who still subscribe to a newspaper. I start by reading the comics, as that is often the most meaningful…Continue
Merry The Cat has commented frequently on the subject of dogs. As a Facebook celebrity, Merry used his renown to educate the public by revealing The Truth About Dogs; "Dogs Are Chumps".
Merry died in his sleep last Friday night, not long after completing this interview for Zoomers.
Merry was named for the hobbit Meriodoc Brandibuck. He is…Continue
This week's "Writers Wednesday" challenge at zoomers is "Bad Poetry". The following very bad poem* is is an encore presentation originally posted on this site in 2012.
This poem is a reflection of my experiences of childhood in suburban America. If this poem does not bring Dylan…
Blah, Blah, Blah My Beef:
There is just to danged much seriousness going around in this country and our northern neighbors. I don't have a problem with serious thinking here, I am talking about gratuitous serious, self-important behavior.
Given dictatorial power (as supreme dictator of North America), I would take immediate…Continue
We had to stop at Annadel State Park Saturday when I realized the State Park Service had built a trail just for me.Continue
Most people think of the coast when they think of California, Surfing, redwoods and all that. Well, the Central Valley just isn't like that. This is what people here do for excitement.
This help wanted ad was posted on Craigslist - Fresno;
As kind of a fun change of pace, my wife and I want to have a fancy diner at a McDonalds. I need someone who is willing to be our waiter so that we can…
Zoomers challenged its bloggers to write about what we do on our downtime.
Linda Seccaspina goes out and talks to all sorts of people. I tend toward more solitary activities. Seems many of my favorite downtime activities except making music are solitary pursuits. No wonder why Linda always…Continue
You never know who you'll meet and get to interview at the California State Fair.
We stumbled into Wonder Woman, former Princess of the Amazon and ceaseless fighter for Justice, Love, Peace and Equality. She agreed to be interviewed for Zoomers.…Continue
The internet* is great. . . for what?, you may ask.
Muppets on Avenue Q agree the internet is great for porn.
Concerned Christians look upon the internet's porn with…Continue
How many future selves are there out there? Am I haunted?
I suspect I may have been visited by numerous future selves from many branches in our multiverse.
The problem is I can never be sure if I am seeing a visitor from a nearby universe that may have resembled ours up…Continue
At first they laughed at me, NOW, let's see who's laughing. . .
Yes, we all live our silly little lives in The Matrix. But it is not like the movies. It is time to face THE TRUTH; The reptilian overlords have trapped us in their matrix. We exist totally under their control.…Continue