Cold War Kids

In the fall of 1980, I was a sophomore in high school enduring another American Literature class, probably trying to figure out how to do damage control on the previous spring’s dating debacle, when Sister Pat Duck got off on a tangent about the Russians. The Russkis. Commies. What’s that? Oh right. Her name wasn’t…

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Friday Drabble: Waiting

A drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. This one goes out to all the fathers of daughters out there. Waiting They’d come for her about an hour ago.…

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Special Education

You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake, you are the same organic decaying matter as everything else. – Tyler Durden, Fight Club My sense of the rustling encroachment of my mortality has been a little keener over the past couple of weeks. Personally, I’ve been hampered by a torn muscle in my lower back,…

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Hmm your way to an A

There was a lot on the news yesterday about how the newly sworn-in House of Representatives decided to read the Constitution in its entirety at the beginning of their session.  Now the Constitution can be a pretty dry recitation, but as political stunts go I suppose you could do worse. Yet, whenever I think about…

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Time Machine

Yesterday, I read that Doug Fieger, lead singer and songwriter for The Knack (and "My Sharona" fame) died from cancer.  And it really bummed me out — and I wasn't sure why.  I mean, The Knack has one good album.  One. But, in the summer of 1979, I was 13 years old (going on 14)…

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QotD: High School Romance, Or Not

What was the best date you went on in high school? This seems like one of those stories that I should probably keep to myself, but the QotD shook loose a memory and so, here we go. Of course, being a giant nerd, I did not have many good dating experiences in high school. In…

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M&MM Quiz Answers

Well, it looks like Java Janie goes to the head of the class with 2 correct answers on yesterday’s M&MM nickname quiz, Grandma-P also came pretty close on two explanations.  DaveB is disqualified even though he got them all correct because it’s my quiz and he’s known me for nearly 30 years. The answers (in…

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Mud-brother

So, on a September’s day twenty-nine years ago, I was sitting in my first week of high school religion class.  Father Hesson was performing his own Inquisistion – testing us trembling frosh in Prayers We Ought to Know — and I’m not talking “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”, I’m talking “Act of Contrition” and “Apostle’s…

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Eight Things About Me

Tamzen tagged me the other day to come up with eight random things about myself.  I’ve done a couple of these before, so this weekend I tried to think of some stories/events/traits that I might not have previously discussed.  As I went through them, I realized they clustered into a couple of sub-categories. Education1. I…

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D.

My long-time best friend back in NJ texted me the other day…“Do you remember <girls name> from high school?”  (Lets call her D)“Sure!  I remember D. she was nice, we were in HR together” I thought the next time we’d speak, he and I would go over how he’d ran into her somewhere and they’d…

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