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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Tito the Mighty Hunter: Good Dead Things

Thinking about dogs tonight, so I'm reposting this bit from 2008: In most dog-related things, I was a fairly indulgent dad. But having my four-leggers roll in dead stuff, or go off into the brush and bring back something rotten, I had a hard time with that. Tito was especially bad about it. One summer day we were out along Varmint Creek hiking. I have this thing I sometimes do – I think of it as my super power – I hike and read at the same time. The subconscious Guardian Idiot that … [Read more...]

60th Birthday Whale Watching Tour a Success!

I done seen whales! But you don't get to see them unless you click below the fold. The pictures are so awesome, so breathtaking, that I fear you will be awed and breath-taked to the point that you'll pass out and fall onto a smaller, less massive bystander — possibly a child or a dog. Meanwhile, content yourself with this picture of an extremely rare bird known as a "sea gull." (Click to embiggen.) … [Read more...]

Freezing Their Bear Asses Off

 This was the scene at about 7 a.m. today, Eastern time, on the Brown Bear and Salmon Cam broadcast from Brooks Falls, Alaska. … [Read more...]

“Your Ass Is Mine!” Say Relentless Brick Snakes

You don't have a hope in hell of escape. Barricade yourself behind thick walls in brick buildings, the snakes will find you. They will get to you. They will show you no mercy. While you sleep, their patient, unceasing pursuit of your tender flesh will go on. This is what you have bought, sacrilegious faithless humans! Upsetting God's natural order, risking His Awesome Wrath, you have driven the rapid evolution of deadly Geometric Brick Snakes! … [Read more...]


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