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Monthly Archives: January 2018

I Don’t Get It

Sun, 28 Jan 2018, 02:58 PM (-06:00)

She’s ingenious in how she mixes up the audience. How she gets everyone to know each other. One of her techniques is to pass out names of famous couples and have everyone find their match. So for Bert there’s an Ernie somewhere in the room. For Ben there’s a Jerry. And so on. She hands […]

At the Sandwich Shop

Fri, 26 Jan 2018, 07:00 PM (-06:00)

There was a tall inebriated man at the counter in front of me. He was trying to order a sandwich, but things were not going well.  He was explaining that the advertisement said a foot-long ham sandwich was only $4.99. They tried to tell him they were out of ham. This went back and forth […]


Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 04:05 PM (-06:00)

Oops. They pushed the wrong button. You’ve got to pity whoever it was. You know that it wasn’t their fault per se. Sure, there was in fact a person whose finger pushed a button that sent out a warning that Armageddon was on its way. But it wasn’t their fault — in the sense of […]

Bon Voyage John Young

Sun, 7 Jan 2018, 08:14 AM (-06:00)

They Ran in the Cold

Sat, 6 Jan 2018, 05:02 PM (-06:00)

It was 2 degrees at the starting line, she told me this in a text this morning.  I didn’t absorb it at first, and I responded with a sequence of messages about something going on in my world. But then it hit me, what they had done. It was their first race. And it was […]

The Haunts of Nature

Fri, 5 Jan 2018, 11:45 PM (-06:00)

Now where were we? Weren’t we talking about summer days in northern Michigan? The story didn’t get finished… We saw the garnet sands. We saw (for some definition of “saw”) the colored cliffs of Pictured Rock as the winds blew the surf and the waves crashed onto the beach. And we decided on a hike […]

Hot Stuff This Evening

Fri, 5 Jan 2018, 10:56 PM (-06:00)

Oh, it’s so good. I feel love. Because it’s Friday night. In no small part because we spent the evening with people we like. And because Donna Summers is singing thru these speakers. And my brother and Vicki are due to arrive soon on the shores of Perth, Australia. Although to be honest, I know […]

One O’Clock

Fri, 5 Jan 2018, 09:58 PM (-06:00)

It’s late at night. I mean late. We’re lying there in bed, wide awake, and we shouldn’t be awake, but we are. “This is KUT radio, and it’s one o’clock,” the announcer says on the radio.  We play the radio sometimes like this at night, because it helps turn off our brains that are stressing […]

Some People on New Year’s Day

Mon, 1 Jan 2018, 10:46 PM (-06:00)

Ben and Marie-Claire, who texted us in the morning. “We’re on our way.” They’re coming over to finish the LoTR Risk game we started yesterday. And they’re right on time. Let’s chalk that up to her. Marie-Claire wins the game in a nail-biter, with Trudy coming in second — the forces of good yet again overcoming […]