Author archive: etcguy

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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 […]
Humor Writer Interviews The Humor Project
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 […]
Parents and Kids
Buying Your Teen a Car? Hmm…
June 28, 2018
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I’m a hand-me-down guy with a mindset inherited from my grandparents, Great Depression veterans.  Whether it was hockey equipment or clothes the only “new” stuff Mom bought was either underwear or socks.  She’d hand down Dad’s shirts telling me I’d grow into them.  When it came to sneakers she’d splurge with a trip to Penny’s […]
Sports
Doin’ Time in the Penalty Box
May 8, 2018
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(Hockey Player Magazine, May 2018) “It’s improper to criticize someone 30 years later.”  Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers If I found Darius Fooberman on Facebook I’d hesitate friending him. A garish bully during my bantam years, Darius stood nearly six feet without skates.  With gear bag in tow his knuckles dragged as he walked into the […]
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No Tax Advice from this Guy
April 14, 2018
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My wife’s instructions were to review in-boxes, files and folders.  Every year I pledge to do a better job sorting paper receipts, e-receipts, updating the check book register and learning Quicken.  Still, I’m smothered by bits and bytes and multi-dimensional layers of information.  In hoping to save time and a few bucks, I’m twice as […]
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Book Review: Dave Barry in Cyberspace
March 21, 2018
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“With word processing, there is no end to the amount of words you can crank out without having to become personally involved with what they say.”  Dave Barry in Cyberspace Like everyone else on the planet I’ve been busy, but I make time to pitch another Dave Barry classic.  Barry’s humor fits like a well-worn […]
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Even Hockey Coaches Have Hearts
March 2, 2018
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Published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph & Hockey Player Magazine  Readers, a prologue: This article previously appeared in several newspapers and on my blog.  I share it again in memory of Eric Trivedi, a fellow hockey buddy.  Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, Eric started playing hockey at age 5 and was a founding […]
Holidays
Guys, Need Valentine’s Advice? Hear from a Pro
February 7, 2018
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I’m neither sweet nor perfect that’s certain.  At least I admit it. But it took a stumble upon hidden booty to remember that FEBRUARY 14th soon approaches. 
Garbage Talk
A New Project for 2018
January 31, 2018
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Howdy there readers…starting a new writing project for 2018…a column I first began in 1990 in a town far, far away.  I’ll park a few initial pieces here on my Etc.Guy blog and on Facebook to test the audience.  My first several posts are churning, I think you’ll find this subject matter VERY interesting.  I’m a […]