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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…)

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…)