Author archive: etcguy

Life The Humor Project
Hockey Players, Cowboys and Comics
August 30, 2020
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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 […]
Outdoors Quotes From Famous People
Time You Enjoy Wasting
July 27, 2020
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“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 […]
Holidays Parents and Kids Quotes From Famous People
Father’s Day 2020
June 21, 2020
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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…
Old Geezers are Just Boys with Wrinkles
May 3, 2020
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(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.”
Health Parents and Kids Yard
A Few Takes on COVID-19
March 31, 2020
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Walk 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 […]
Holidays Sports
2020 is Leap Year
February 28, 2020
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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 […]
The Humor Project
North State Writers and Blue Room Theatre Combine for LiveWord II
January 22, 2020
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“The 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 […]
New Wheels Help Baby Boomer’s Game
December 17, 2019
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(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 […]
Parents and Kids
Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door
November 11, 2019
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(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 […]
Sierra Nevada Brewery Hosts 13th Annual Trivia Bee for Literacy
September 29, 2019
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“I 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. […]