Audible Call Saves a Conversation

Something audible is heard.  But calling an audible is something to be done.

An audible in football changes a play at the line of scrimmage.  The quarterback reads the defense, recognizes an opportunity then calls an audible, a different play than was called in the huddle. For my case the line of scrimmage was a sidewalk outside the restaurant patio’s dining area. Continue reading “Audible Call Saves a Conversation” »

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2020 Trivia Bee Cancelled, Thanks COVID

Butte County Trivia Bee

The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you will go.“  Dr. Seuss

Ten years from now you may hear this question asked at the 2030 Butte County Trivia Bee,  “What global pandemic canceled the 2020 Butte Trivia Bee?” Continue reading “2020 Trivia Bee Cancelled, Thanks COVID” »

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Ready for the World Series?

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.     Continue reading “Ready for the World Series?” »

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Hockey Players, Cowboys and Comics

Beating the Odds

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. Continue reading “Hockey Players, Cowboys and Comics” »

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Time You Enjoy Wasting

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? Continue reading “Time You Enjoy Wasting” »

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Father’s Day 2020

Beer and hockey with my 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. Continue reading “Father’s Day 2020” »

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Old Geezers are Just Boys with Wrinkles

(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.” Continue reading “Old Geezers are Just Boys with Wrinkles” »

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A Few Takes on COVID-19

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 Facebook pageContinue reading “A Few Takes on COVID-19” »

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2020 is Leap Year

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

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North State Writers and Blue Room Theatre Combine for LiveWord II

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 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. Continue reading “North State Writers and Blue Room Theatre Combine for LiveWord II” »

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