Author archive: etcguy

Sports
Beer League Hockey Has No Free Agency
April 25, 2019
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(Published in Hockey Player Magazine, April 2019) Zero, ten, two isn’t a bike lock combination.  It was last season’s hockey record.  My Blazers suffered more takedowns last Fall than MMA wrestlers.  The losses really sucked when we went 1-12 a few years back.  But 0-10-2 really, really, sucks.
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Leigh Anne Jasheway Accidently Keeps Them Laughing
March 10, 2019
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“We either laugh or we lie face down in the carpet weeping.”  Leigh Anne Jasheway I first reached out to her after Labor Day.  My in-box chimed when I received her message, Leigh Anne Jasheway was game to be interviewed as part of my Humor Project.    “It’s almost Thanksgiving,” she wrote, “You’re already behind…. in something.” […]
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Etc. Guy Hockey Story to be Performed Live
February 3, 2019
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No costume.  No props.  No excuses. When I re-booted my writing career six years ago my goal was to get regular gigs and earn a passive self-sustaining income from writing.  My writing income isn’t even passive-aggressive. 
Health Lifestyle
January Tanning at 40 Degrees North
January 25, 2019
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“On vacations we hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.”  Erma Bombeck Suntan lotion sales melt at forty degrees north.  Especially in January when jackets cover skin.  But compared to my buddy, O’Malley Nanook of Fairbanks, […]
Holidays
A Harried Christmas
December 22, 2018
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“Once again we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”  Dave Barry I’m more into saying Merry Christmas than Happy Holidays.  For me the latter is too politically correct and saccharin.  But for many in fire […]
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Thanksgiving 2018 – Thanks Firefighters
November 21, 2018
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I enjoy camp fires but have NOT enjoyed the recent Camp Fire which hit the community of Paradise, California.  For readers unfamiliar with Northern California, Paradise sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills about fifteen miles east of Chico and about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The Camp Fire started November 8th, thus far creating havoc […]
Quotes From Famous People The Humor Project
Words of Wisdom – Will Rogers
October 30, 2018
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“A remark generally hurts in proportion to the truth.” “Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.”  Will Rogers Will Rogers was an icon.  Born in 1879, Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. Born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, Rogers […]
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Get Ready for the 2018 Butte County Trivia Bee
September 29, 2018
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“There are basically two types of people.  People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things.  The first group is less crowded.”  Mark Twain Mark Twain lived generations ago but his words and wit live in print.  Many take literacy for granted— but unfortunately for some Twain’s genius will never be read. 
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Neighborhood Watchin’ Pays Off
August 24, 2018
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I never expected needing to carry a baseball bat for walking my own property.  I swing bats to miss pitches.  Not fend off intruders. We own an investment property in town, an old walnut orchard thick on bark, long on limbs and short on shade.  The trees are geezers and recent drought years have stressed […]
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Paying Homage to a Great One: Humor Writer Patrick McManus
July 22, 2018
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“You’ll never meet him,” a know-it-all consultant told me.  “Patrick McManus is big time.  He’s hard to reach.  He won’t have time for you.” It pays to ignore naysayers especially when one is young, dumb, ambitious, and on a mission.  In this case I was on a mission to interview Patrick McManus, a New York […]