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Pets
Cat Calling Again
June 30, 2021
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Stucco the kitten

Stucco the kitten

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.”  Mark Twain

The fur ball climbed like Spider Man.  Fearless.  Purposeful.  No inhibitions.  The kitten gripped, clawed and scampered up the stucco.  I’ve seen cats work their way onto roofs, mostly by jumping from fences or climbing vines, but I’d never seen a cat climb a house.  His eyes focused on the prize, a leaf fluttering beneath a rain gutter.  Several of us circled around and watched the animal concentrate.  “You know,” said the guy giving away free kittens, “This one has the most personality.  Do you have stucco siding?” (more…)

Holidays Parents and Kids
Happy Memorial Day, 2021
May 30, 2021
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Memorial DayPatriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”  Mark Twain

Memorial Day is one of those holidays I try not to take for granted.  But sometimes yard work, camp trips, or home projects gobble up the three day weekend. (more…)

Parents and Kids Pets
Cat’s Life Was a Great Ride
April 1, 2021
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Velcro hanging with Tigger

Velcro hanging with Tigger

He went down swinging.

I grew up a pet lover.  I’ve owned cats, dogs, chickens, goats, and parakeets… critters with fur, feathers, teeth, beaks, horns, hooves, paws and claws.  Some of my animals I remember better than others.  Radio, a sweet Labrador Retriever named by my daughters, was one.  (more…)

Quotes From Famous People
Words of Wisdom – Will Rogers
February 28, 2021
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Will Rogers

Will Rogers

There are three kinds of people. Those that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

Heroing is one of the shortest lived professions there is.    (Will Rogers, 1879 – 1935, American humorist, actor and real-life observer)

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Don’t Call, We’re Not Here to Help
January 31, 2021
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Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

It takes months to find a customer…seconds to lose one.”  Vince Lombardi

They sell phones.  But don’t call them.  They cannot help. (more…)

Holidays
Good Riddance 2020
December 31, 2020
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Eddie Murphy's Mister Robinson on SNL

Eddie Murphy’s Mister Robinson on SNL

Seventy-five years. That’s how much time you get if you’re lucky. Seventy-five years. Seventy-five winters, seventy-five spring times, seventy-five summers, and seventy-five autumns. When you look at it like that, it’s not a lot of time, is it? Don’t waste them.”  Eddie Murphy (here as Mr. Robinson on Saturday Night Live)

If 2020 was a bust, a historical dud-year, hopefully it wasn’t a waste.  I normally wax philosophical at the turn of a New Year but good riddance to 2020. (more…)

Lifestyle Sports
Audible Call Saves a Conversation
November 30, 2020
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etcguy Oregon hatSomething audible is heard.  But calling an audible is something to be done.

An audible in football changes a play at the line of scrimmage.  The quarterback reads the defense, recognizes an opportunity then calls an audible, a different play than was called in the huddle. For my case the line of scrimmage was a sidewalk outside the restaurant patio’s dining area. (more…)

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2020 Trivia Bee Cancelled, Thanks COVID
October 31, 2020
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Butte County Trivia Bee

Butte County Trivia Bee

The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you will go.”  Dr. Seuss

Ten years from now you may hear this question asked at the 2030 Butte County Trivia Bee,

“What global pandemic canceled the 2020 Butte Trivia Bee?” (more…)

Quotes From Famous People Sports
Ready for the World Series?
September 28, 2020
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Bob Uecker

Bob Uecker

I led the league in go get ‘em next time.”  Bob Uecker, Mr. Baseball

Stanley Cup hockey has consumed my brain these past weeks, albeit the season is three months behind schedule.  When NHL hockey ends this week it’ll start again around Thanksgiving.

But Major League Baseball’s COVID shortened season still has the World Series scheduled in October—to practically Halloween—a timely holiday for swinging bats. (more…)

Life The Humor Project
Hockey Players, Cowboys and Comics
August 30, 2020
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Beating the Odds in Hockey and In Life

Beating the Odds in Hockey and In Life

Stuck at home are you?  Tired of surfing the net, streaming reruns, or playing Sudoku?

Maybe a good book will help cure your COVID blues.  Books are those paper things you hold up to your eyes where you actually turn pages.

I plug three page turners that have helped me through this COVID fiasco, great reads from cover to cover. (more…)