Published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph & Hockey Player Magazine (2012)
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 member of the California State University-Chico inline hockey team. Eric not only had a snappy shot but also a quick wit. He even gave me one of his old sticks—the one that never scored. Eric passed away unexpectedly last month at age 43. Eric, you were too young to say goodbye to.
“I thought this may interest you,” the email said. In the subject heading was a name, Wayne Marshall, my high school hockey coach. I expected the worst, to see an obituary. Continue reading “Even Hockey Coaches Have Hearts” »
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. Continue reading “Guys, Need Valentine’s Advice? Hear from a Pro” »
Howdy there readers…I’m 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 trash talkin’ garbage manager by day and writer by night. Here ya go… Continue reading “A New Project for 2018” »
Writer’s block sucks. I hopped on a government web-site to research a project and stimulate my brain… only to discover that our government is closed. The web-site is kaput. Glad it’s not April 14th.
So instead I’ll welcome you to 2018 with a few quotes from two insightful humor writers, guys I’d really like to interview someday as part of my Humor Project. Continue reading “Kicking Off 2018 With a Few Quotes” »
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain
A good read before bed time is my normal routine. Here are my three favorite books from 2017. If you love a good yarn, here you go… Continue reading “My Top Three Reads for 2017” »
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“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” Erma Bombeck
A short break from togetherness may be a good thing. My wife assigned me a Thanksgiving Day project.
“I need a cup of walnuts.”
“Where’s the nut cracker?”
“Use a hammer. Just don’t hurt yourself. Put on your helmet and goggles.” Continue reading “Thanksgiving Nut Cracking” »
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles M. Schulz
My commute to Valley Hi Elementary School was less than a mile. For a first grader it was an effortless downhill glide. I’d hop on my orange Stingray, lash on my lunch box, steer, brake, and dodge mailboxes and parked cars. My folks never worried. They knew I’d caravan with Bobby and John who lived on the bottom of Peach Valley Drive, a stone’s throw from Lackland AFB in hilly San Antonio. We were a trio of Air Force kids; our dad’s serving intermittent tours to Vietnam. We never wore helmets or carried cell phones. Bobby, John and I roamed as free range boys jumping ditches, riding trails and racing each other. The pedal home though was a killer. Bobby and John rode three-speeds. They’d switch gears while I cranked my single-speed tank. My uphill commute home took nearly twenty minutes and I seldom kept up. We’d separate at John’s house where they’d both peel off and wave as I hiked alongside the Stingray.
I wish I had another gear. I yearned to keep up but couldn’t. Continue reading “Trivia Bee Raises Awareness for Literacy Services” »
(Hockey Player Magazine, October 2017)
“A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Wayne Gretzky
Some scoring statistics are best forgotten.
You’re not a hockey player until you’ve scored on yourself a saying goes, quoted by an anonymous player too embarrassed to admit doing it. In hockey we score on opponents—not on one’s own team. Gretzky prophesied that great hockey players don’t play where the puck is but where it will be. That being said, I’m a great player behind my own goalie’s rear end. Continue reading “Old Hockey Player Forgets About Scoring Stats” »
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” –Mark Twain
Readers, given the shenanigans in Washington these days I don’t know what to say…. Take a break from the political nonsense and join the Etc.Guy Facebook page. New stories coming soon.
There sure is a lot of hype for a little bit of extra shade.
I received an email at work last week about Monday’s eclipse, alerting me to conserve energy. The message was relayed from the California Independent Systems Operator, an organization that oversees the operations of our state’s bulk electric power system. Business Insider Magazine reports that the solar eclipse is expected to wipe out six gigawatts of solar electricity, 80% of California’s power. Six gigawatts can power several million homes. Solar facilities, ranging from utility power plants to individual home solar panels, provide electricity for 4.8 million homes. Continue reading “Eclipses, Baseball and the Dog Days of Summer” »