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Holidays Parents and Kids
Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma
June 18, 2017
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Etc Guy Maggie soccer fridge(Central Valley Business Times, June 14, 2017)

She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer.

In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for around 10,000 hours.  Consider Bill Gates, Wayne Gretzky or Mozart…former prodigies that hit 10,000 hours by their late teens.  Maggie will never become an outlier soccer player.  She quit 9,910 hours short. (more…)

Holidays
Happy Memorial Day 2017
May 29, 2017
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With my Air Force mom and dad

With my Air Force mom and dad

Just a quick note of appreciation to the men and women I know who’ve served in the military.  My dad (a physician) served twice in Vietnam, first in 1970 and again in 1972-73(?).  Dr.  J.B. Miller (retired colonel, USAF) was stationed in Cameron Bay.  In third grade I recall my classmates recording messages on a reel to reel tape recorder to our dads who were sent overseas.  Our teacher, Miss De la Cruz, set that up. (more…)

Quotes From Famous People The Humor Project
Andy Rooney (and fine print)
May 9, 2017
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etcguy andy rooneyThe one thing you can be certain of: Nothing in fine print is good news.”

Andy Rooney, American writer and  humorist, 1919-2011

Andy Rooney was a real smart guy, but his cranky observations made him a funny guy too. Among my present reads is “Years of Minutes, The Best of Rooney from 60 Minutes.”

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Sports
Young Referee Whistles While He Works
April 18, 2017
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eric-characture-cropped-color(Hockey Player Magazine, April 2017)

“You can’t applaud a referee.” Alex Ferguson, Coach, Manchester United

They are jeered, never cheered.  It’s black and white.

Great referees are invisible to the general fan but invincible to the general jerk.  Officiating is not for the faint hearted.  Hockey refs need thick skin—crocodile skin–beneath the stripes. (more…)

Parents and Kids The Humor Project
Paradise Author’s Night (and Casual Conversations)
March 26, 2017
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Author Night Paradise LibraryHey folks…coming soon…join me and a few of my friends as we celebrate “An Evening with the Authors” at Paradise Library on Thursday evening April 13, 2017.  We’ll hold workshops, discuss our craft, and have casual conversations.  It’s a great opportunity for readers to meet with writers and vice versa.  Sponsored by the Paradise Friends of the Library, the event will be held from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Butte County Library-Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Road.  No charge.  We’ll bring books to sell too.  If Thursday is a slow TV night for you come out and visit.

Until then here are a few casual conversations from the Etc. Guy Facebook page.  You can follow me by LIKING it.  See you in print. (more…)

Quotes From Famous People The Humor Project
Erma Bombeck-Never Serious
February 26, 2017
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etcguy erma bombeckHumorists can never start to take themselves seriously.  It’s literary suicide.”

Erma Bombeck (American humorist, writer and columnist.  1927-1996)

Holidays The Humor Project
‘Tis Always the Season to Read…and Laugh
January 6, 2017
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81GYCiKDv+L._SL1500_A lousy marketer I am.  If I was smarter, and I wish I was, I’d have written this post last month as a shameless ploy to sell my book Let Me Tell You a Story.  Oh, I’ll still plug the book [BUY MY BOOK] but let’s be realistic.  Earth is full of funny story tellers whether you’re with friends gathered around a campfire or chatting next to a stranger in coach.  For your amusement I’ve listed several of my favorite writers [BUY MY BOOK] who I’ve listed alphabetically by height.  I’m sure they’ll still be funny in 2017. (more…)

Sport
The Dork
December 7, 2016
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eric-characture-cropped-color(Hockey Player Magazine, December 2016)

Every team has one.  Whether its baseball, basketball or badminton, there’s always that one guy who doesn’t quite enmesh locker room society.  Maybe it’s his or her lousy jokes, bad breath, or that they wear turtlenecks year round.  For me it was Marvin Smellmoore’s nose.  The average length of an adult nose is about 5.8 centimeters, two-thirds the diameter of a hockey puck.  Marv’s beak, shy of 8 centimeters, poked outside his helmet’s cage.    Migrant birds eyed Marv’s nose as a potential perch. (more…)

Quotes From Famous People The Humor Project
Why Dave Barry Doesn’t Write About Religion
November 29, 2016
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etc guy Dave-BarryThe problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetesDave Barry

Just experimenting here with this post but as you can tell I’m a huge Dave Barry fan.  For more on Dave Barry and my quest to find humor writers see my Humor Project story, published in August 2013.  Currently penning two stories…feel free to visit the Etc.Guy Facebook page in the meantime.  Over and out.  For now.

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Butte Trivia Bee for Literacy Cranks, and Cracks, Up
October 27, 2016
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big-roomA new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who’s No. 1? Finland.”  Source: The Washington Post, March 8, 2016

Now there’s a bit of trivia I didn’t know.  And it was published by a renowned newspaper for others to read so it must be true, or at least is mostly accurate.  At minimum it makes one ponder.  Fortunately the USA is in the top ten but we can do better.  Think about it.  Without the printed word we’d have nothing but space, blank space.  All you’d see is a bunch of black ink, dots, and squiggly lines.  (more…)