Author archive: etcguy

Holidays Outdoors The Humor Project
My Top Three Reads for 2017
December 17, 2017
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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”  Mark Twain A good read before bed time is my normal routine.  Here are my three favorite books from 2017.  If you love a good yarn, here you go…  
Holidays The Humor Project
Thanksgiving Nut Cracking
November 25, 2017
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“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”  Erma Bombeck A short break from togetherness may be a good thing.  My wife assigned me a Thanksgiving Day project. “I need a cup of walnuts.” “Where’s the nut cracker?” “Use a hammer. Just don’t hurt yourself.  Put on your helmet and goggles.”
community Quotes From Famous People
Trivia Bee Raises Awareness for Literacy Services
November 5, 2017
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“Life is like a ten speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles M. Schulz My commute to Valley Hi Elementary School was less than a mile.  For a first grader it was an effortless downhill glide.  I’d hop on my orange Stingray, lash on my lunch box, steer, brake, and dodge […]
Sports
Old Hockey Player Forgets About Scoring Stats
October 15, 2017
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(Hockey Player Magazine, October 2017) “A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”  Wayne Gretzky Some scoring statistics are best forgotten. You’re not a hockey player until you’ve scored on yourself a saying goes, quoted by an anonymous player too embarrassed to admit doing it.  In hockey we score on opponents—not […]
Quotes From Famous People The Humor Project
Words of Wisdom – Mark Twain
September 25, 2017
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“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” –Mark Twain Readers, given the shenanigans in Washington these days I don’t know what to say….  Take a break from the political nonsense and join the Etc.Guy Facebook page.
Sports The Humor Project
Eclipses, Baseball and the Dog Days of Summer
August 20, 2017
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There sure is a lot of hype for a little bit of extra shade. I received an email at work last week about Monday’s eclipse, alerting me to conserve energy.  The message was relayed from the California Independent Systems Operator, an organization that oversees the operations of our state’s bulk electric power system. Business Insider […]
The Humor Project
Political Comic, Will Durst, Returns to Chico
July 29, 2017
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We stay in touch because we want to. A few years ago I interviewed Will Durst, an award winning funny guy, as part of my Humor Project (see “Baby Boomer Will Durst is a Comedy Innovator”).  The dude cracked me up for over an hour.  I could barely gulp my coffee.  A performer, political comic […]
Parents and Kids
Alexa, a Parent’s Assistant
July 23, 2017
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My parents bought into the virtual assistant world.  Their assistant, Alexa, connects to music, games, or anything cerebral.  Alexa answers nearly any question, whether it’s the weather in Missouri or the capitol of Romania. I challenged Alexa to see how smart she is. “Alexa, what is the Etc.Guy blog?”
Dating Outdoors
When a New Girlfriend Comes to Town
June 26, 2017
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Howdy Readers, I seldom share bytes on Etc. Guy but was intrigued when I heard from a New Jersey writer who stumbled upon my 2013 story “Daughter’s Dating is Dad’s Dilemma.” I wrote “Daughter’s Dating” when Kate, 16 at the time, entered the dating game.  Now 20 and in college Kate’s still sorting out the […]
Holidays Parents and Kids
Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma
June 18, 2017
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(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 […]