Short Stack #19

During Shakespeare’s brief professional wrestling career, he was known as the No Holds Bard.[Ba-dump-bump!] Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here the whole page!—————————————————————Cool joke to play on your kids: Hire a repulsive middle-aged man and woman, get them to dress in ill-fitting, mismatched old clothes and drive up in a clattering, rusted-out beater.They get out, walk up to your door and knock. You open the door and say “Hi! Well, my goodness! We wondered when we’d be seeing you t … [Read more...]

To You and Yours

Favorite holiday moment of all time: I was away at college in about 1982, but determined to make it home for the holidays. In the dead of winter, I set out hitchhiking from the Sacramento area to the Eastern Sierra, a distance of more than 250 miles. In what turned out to be a full day of standing on the roadside, getting short rides, more standing on the roadside, etc., I finally reached my Cowboy Dad's house in the mountains at about 8 p.m. — 12 hours later.The last ride had been an endless, … [Read more...]

Travelin’ Dog (Repost)

[ Another repost, from 2003. ] ________________________________Some stories touch you even when they have no clear ending.I was recently on a week’s vacation to California. I got to see a lot of people and visited a number of places I’ve loved—old good places where I sojourned for a while with dear friends. Sadly, I also said a number of goodbyes. One was to my good buddy Chardonnay, who happens to be a Golden Retriever currently engaged in dying.Chardy used to come for runs with me and my … [Read more...]

Please Support and Sign My “We The People” Petition!

Democracy only works if we make it work. Please sign my petition and help create enhanced freedom and safety for all Americans. With their narrow focus on firearms, the NRA is failing to protect our FULL arms-bearing Second Amendment rights.This is a real petition, and it needs 25,000 signatures by January 21, 2013. Let's get to work, Americans! A blade-carrying population is a respectful population!Click here:  Hank Fox's We the People Petition … [Read more...]

When Coyotes Danced (Repost)

[ This weekend I'm transcribing masses of audiofile notes for future posts on Beta Culture, as well as working on some book-y stuff — I have a book in the works, working title "BraynDrops, the Freethought Bathroom Companion" — but unfortunately neglecting things here. I swear I'll be back soon with some new stuff. Meanwhile, here's a repost of a piece from Sept. 15, 2011. ]_______________________________________________It was hot, the day the coyotes danced.It was about 1990, and I was ran … [Read more...]

Seeing the World Through Sane-Colored Glasses

Lest we forget, "The Crazy" is totally still out there.I'm probably reminding ME more than you. I've made an effort to be saner, to get all the religious craziness out of my head, and I've succeeded (with the religion part anyway) so well that I never think in any religious or superstitious way at all. I tend to tune out the nuttier stuff.As a result — is it the Dunning-Kruger Effect? — I always think the world around me is fairly sane. I'm prone to see humans as rational and compassionate, w … [Read more...]


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