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…)

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…)

Outdoors Quotes From Famous People
Time You Enjoy Wasting
July 27, 2020
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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time.” –Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy.

I have neither experience nor skill sets in much of that stuff.   But Russell’s logic resonates about enjoying the time you spend.  Otherwise, what’s the point?

My mom’s father, Grandpa Alex, was a professional violinist, voracious reader, and keen observer of people.  After one of my road-tripping gallivants he asked whether I became lonesome. (more…)

Holidays Parents and Kids Quotes From Famous People
Father’s Day 2020
June 21, 2020
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Beer and hockey with Dad

Beer and hockey with Dad

Like many dads today I await a phone call.  Or maybe a text.  That’s all I need.  No ties, cards, soap-on-a-rope, or socks.  Just a call.

For the dads out there I share a few observations from some funny guys… (more…)

Old Geezers are Just Boys with Wrinkles
May 3, 2020
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Eric characture cropped color

(Hockey Player Magazine, May 2020)

I’m getting older.  I guess my friends are getting older too.

“Get on the list,” he texted.

“What list?”

“Geezer hockey, Friday morning, minimum age is 50.”

“It’s been a while since I skated on ice.”

“You’ll be fine.  Other geezers will be there.  They’re cool guys.” (more…)

Health Parents and Kids Yard
A Few Takes on COVID-19
March 31, 2020
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etcguy social distancingWalk into any essential store these days and you’ll see X’s marking the spot for social distancing.  This COVID-19 stuff is spooky.  The only positive is if you test negative.  At least our April 15 tax deadline is delayed until July.  I share a few takes on COVID-19… these posts appeared on my Etc. Guy Facebook page(more…)

Holidays Sports
2020 is Leap Year
February 28, 2020
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Viewiing Lovelass Pass, CO

Viewing Loveland Pass, CO

Hey folks, February 29, 2020 is a Leap Day.  We get a free extra day, a twenty-four hour trip around the Sun, for doing nothing.  Which also means that 2020 is a Leap Year.  I have many writing projects in draft mode and will get on ‘em soon.  In the meanwhile I’ve been enjoying the scenery while skiing in Colorado, this view of Loveland Pass from Arapahoe Basin Ski Area….

See more pics at the Etc.Guy Facebook page.