Hey folks,
I’m on the road for a week and have a slug of articles in development.  I’m trying to find the time to finish ‘em.  I’m also doing maintenance on my main Etc.Guy site.  I’d rather fix pot-holes, at least those are tangible, but please visit Etc.Guy on occasion to …

“My wife and I are trying to live within our means.  We went from a $750,000 house to a $350,000 house and didn’t even have to move.”
Will Durst, American political satirist
He’s a superstar comic and satirist with a wit that feasts on political mayhem. He fires more misdirections than Chris …

Whether you’re seven or seventy, there are secrets you simply don’t tell. My brother and I, free range boys who bored easily, exercised the “Don’t Tell Mom” rule well into high school.  Our pact survived a multitude of sins, including underage joy-riding.  Unless our parents checked the car odometer or …

28 June 2014  Parent and Kids

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”                                                                                                            W. C. Fields

She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer.
In “Outliers,” author Malcolm Gladwell mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which claims that …

11 June 2014  Parent and Kids

I almost wore a sandwich-board sign, hired a clown, and rented a U-Haul® to import a truck load of cousins.  I expected an audience of 15—but was delighted that over 40 people attended Lyon Books last week for the official launch of my book “Let Me Tell You a Story.”   …

2 June 2014  The Humor Project

(Readers: Due to technical difficulties I am unable to upload images…for now.  See also my main site by clicking on Etc.Guy.)
Earlier this week I spoke to the Chico Authors & Publishing Society, on how a 51-year-old guy set up the Etc. Guy blog.  After discussing a bunch of technical mumbo-gumbo, …

23 May 2014  The Humor Project

(Hockey Player Magazine, May 2014)
Humans are among the smelliest creatures in the animal kingdom.  We share the “Smelly Top Five” list with the wolverine, Tasmanian devil, polecat, and skunk.  Hockey players are a unique subgroup.  Though we are extremely agile, intelligent and handsome, we suffer a critical flaw.  Like whales …

9 May 2014  Sports

Category:                            A visit to the hair stylist
Anxiety Level:                   Depends
 Level of Difficulty:            Also Depends
 Result of Blowing It:        Really Depends
My daughter, Kate, and I visited the hair stylist.  Guys visits barbers, gals go to “stylists.”  I need hair maintenance every three weeks.  My regular maintenance includes a 5-on-the-side-with-scissors-on-top.  I’m usually done …

29 April 2014  Parent and Kids

I haven’t trudged like that since my walk to the principal’s office.  My shoulders sagged and my head drooped.  The parking lot seemed a mile wide.  I called my wife, Hun.
“We’re loading up.”
“How’d Maggie do?  You sound beat.”
“Got my butt kicked, but she nailed it.”
I fumbled my car keys, slumped …

15 April 2014  Parent and Kids

No one knows the hour nor day. 
 I’m not referring to prophecy, but to an odd situation everyone invariably suffers, whether you’re a high school kid on a date, an adult preparing to deliver a sales pitch, or God forbid, before a job interview.  At some point we’ve all had …

2 April 2014  Parent and Kids
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