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Decoration Day

Another Memorial Day has come ’round, and once again, I didn’t make the family pilgrimage to the cemeteries.  I was hanging out at home, hoping someone at one of the local plants had an accident (non-lethal, of course; you can’t do drug testing on a dead guy) so I could pick up the relatively lucrative […]


My Idea for a new Winter Sport

This is a team competition combining Snowboard Cross with Biathlon. 2 snowboarders and one shooter per team.  The shooter uses a paintball gun and gets one round only.  The shooter can set up anywhere on the course and can shoot either a snowboarder or another shooter.  If you’re hit, you’re out (shooter or boarder).  3 […]

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15 minutes of fame

Welcome to anyone who happens to be wandering by here from IMAO.  It would, of course, be better if I had any actual new content for you to read. Instead, I’ve got this picture I took of the wall above the urinal in the men’s bathroom at the institution of (allegedly) higher learning I’m currently […]

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Helpful Household Hints

Not from Heloise, for those of you old enough to remember: Dr. Boli consistently cracks me up.  (“The Johnston Domestic Explosives Corp.”? Priceless.)    

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Tattoo time

When I was 14, I decided to get my ear pierced after seeing Orson Bean on the Tonight Show.  I got it done when I was 27. When I was in my early 20’s I decided to get a tattoo.  I’ve spent the last 30 years deciding what to get.  I wanted to make sure […]

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More on Time

Since I spent the day getting drunks and guys who can’t be bothered to get a valid drivers license out of jail, I didn’t get a chance to go visit my dad Sunday.  We spent a couple of hours on the phone tonight, which is unusual because I don’t usually talk to anybody that long […]

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Flashbacks with a twist

If you lived through the 70’s and 80″s you may find this as funny as I do.  Otherwise, who knows.

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Ice Cream

My grandfather loved ice cream. He ate ice cream year-round. He really liked making homemade ice cream. In the summertime, we would drive down to a gas station in the little town where they lived to buy a block of ice. When we got back to the house, he would drag out a gunnysack and […]

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More on Medical issues

I recently emailed Dr.J of the Gormogons a few comments on his comments on my comments on his post about 3rd party payors in health insurance.  Dr.J graciously responded. While I do have more comments/questions that are germane to the original topic, I realize that I have inadvertently strayed perilously close to “ongoing dialog” territory.  […]

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Some days are better than others

I spent yesterday in the northeast part Kansas.  Lots of interesting history in the area, and they have a really interesting cemetery.  I spent several hours there and saw some cool stuff.  I’ve never seen a veterans section in a small town cemetery before.  The one I visited appears to be all Civil War vets:  […]


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