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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…)

Sports
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.

The Humor Project
North State Writers and Blue Room Theatre Combine for LiveWord II
January 22, 2020
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etcguy LiveWord II flyer 2020The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.”  Steve Martin

I write when pen hits the pad.  Sometimes that pad and my imaginary friends are hard to find—writer’s block is bad news.  I write when I’m ready but coming up in a few weeks others will act when the audience is ready.  So audience, get ready for a fun evening at the Blue Room Theatre in Chico where actors will read the works of selected North State Writers. (more…)

Sports
New Wheels Help Baby Boomer’s Game
December 17, 2019
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Eric characture cropped color(Published in Hockey Player Magazine, December 2019)

I always liked speed.”  Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens

They are not Ferrari fast.  But they’re quicker than my old Lego® block wheels.

“Get decent wheels dude,” Tex advised.  A regular season Blazer teammate, Tex joined fellow teammate Roxanne and me to play summer hockey.  Northern California’s heat is unfriendly hockey weather where temperatures regularly pass the century mark.  Our in-line hockey arena, a former warehouse, can reach 105 F.  With wind chill conditions. (more…)

Parents and Kids
Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door
November 11, 2019
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Sgt. Alvarez with Maggie

Sgt. Alvarez with Maggie

(Readers: I wrote this story based on an event nine years ago, glad to update it a bit).

Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles.

“Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her fourth grade class.  My daughter, Maggie, carefully focused on the task.  Her vocabulary simple, the paragraphs consisted of short-syllable action words.  She wrote about her hobbies, family, school, and pets.  Her letter was boxed with sixty others and mailed, destination unknown.    “You may not hear back,” I told her, “but we’re proud you tried.”

In 1971 my dad, an Air Force doctor, received orders to Vietnam.  My family wept. Writing him letters made me feel better. (more…)

community
Sierra Nevada Brewery Hosts 13th Annual Trivia Bee for Literacy
September 29, 2019
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etcguy Trivia Bee yellow adI am part of everything that I have read.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Hold the date trivia nerds.  Box up the Scrabble game and come out for a good time.  It’s a big night for big brains and bigger laughs.

What is the name of the dog on RCA’s old logo?

Name the mutt on October 25.

Which state is the first state and the diamond state?

State your answer October 25, in a Big room.

What type of animal is the sire, or father, of a mule?

It’s asinine to say.  The answer is Top Secret. (more…)

Health Life Outdoors Travel
Faith, Friends and Fortitude
August 27, 2019
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Lin with bucket 2011A wife of noble character, who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.”  Proverbs 31:10

I hadn’t hugged her for years.   Not because of a jealous mate, but because one of us had cooties.  Lin had bad blood in her bones.

“Good thing I can’t kiss you,” I said.  “You’d fall in love with me.”  She laughed. (more…)