Decision Time — June 29, 2022


🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩
Hitler Talk ⚖️
Chicken Postscript 🐣
Green Seats ⚾


I wonder when the average German in the 1930s/1940s said something akin to “Oh shit.” There has to be a point when the rational, sane sauerkraut-lover realized that perhaps his or her vote for a certain mustachioed politician was a really bad idea.

For a variety of reasons, I like history. I think it’s extremely instructive for the present. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about if we’re at a key decision point in what will eventually be written as the History of the American Empire, and so many of those thoughts are of the average German before/during World War II.

I am extremely forthright in stating that Amuricah and I are on the outs. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve learned and the more I’ve paid attention, the more I see Our Great Nation as hypocritically idealistic from the start, a global bully for more than a hundred years and so far off course right now that it’s really just a matter of time before our internal rot starts oozing out all over the couch (if it hasn’t already).

After reading the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson yesterday before the committee investigating Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow our democracy and then listening to the Trumpeteers in my life remain either willfully ignorant or brazenly stupid, I’m feeling pretty much done with those who continue to have their heads buried up their asses.

Which brings me back to Hitler.

I am loathe to trot out the Hitler comparison, if only because it’s been done so often by so many on such trivial things. I, personally, have never brought out that comparison in any sort of discussion or debate, and I’ve shut down those who tried to compared, say, a grumpy refrigerator repairman to the guy whose life plan included the extermination of millions of human beings.

Yet I’m starting to wonder if it applies here.

At some point — and I don’t know exactly what that point was — it became not-OK to be a German who was ambivalent about Hitler. There was a moment in which every German had to pick which side he or she was going to join. Refusal to make a choice was, in and of itself, a choice. And saying “I wasn’t really paying attention when I made my choice” didn’t absolve a person of moral guilt as the stacks of bodies grew higher and higher.

I’m starting to believe we’re at that point right now in America.

Similar with my stance on Amuricah, I am not shy about saying Donald Trump is an evil narcissist who attempted to subvert democracy and was an all-around shitty human being even before he did that. I say this as someone raised Republican and as someone who still has some conversative viewpoints. I’ve voted Republican and am still proud of most of those votes. But what has happened to that party in the past decade would be laughable were it not so dangerous.

I sat back and made fun of the GOP and its voters for actually considering Trump as anything other than a charlatan and TV personality, let alone a candidate for the presidency. I watched as good people — including members of my own damn family — were taken in by his whole “outsider” shtick and decided that a vote for Trump was a worthwhile vote for Not Hillary. I was shocked back then that otherwise rational people could look at a pile of dog crap and a pile of horse crap and happily dive into one while proudly exclaiming its virtues as they bathed themselves in it.

I left the Christian church in no small part because I listened to its leaders fawn over this man and donate church-goers’ dollars to his candidacy. I watched those in the pews proudly wave his flag. I was not and could not and will not be one of them.

I watched him bumble through his presidency like a drunk monkey trying to do calculus. I watched him make fun of people with disabilities. I watched him bully people and humiliate people and generally be exactly the Donald Trump his supporters elected. And I watched the people who allowed him to do this not give a shit and then willingly cast another ballot for him.

Put it simply: I see Donald Trump. I see those who support him. Still. And I’m really wondering if now is the time to make a decision. Hitler’s Germany isn’t the only example of these kind of decision points. They dot the landscape of history. Knowing what Trumpeteers support or, at the very least, remain willfully ignorant to, is it time for me to say that those people — whomever they might once have been in my life — are on the other side of a line I’m not willing to cross and don’t really want to associate with? And am I OK if Trumpeteers who look at me as family or friend examine me and decide the same thing?

The more I think about it, the more I read, the more I observe, the more I watch, the more I investigate … the more OK I am saying that I’m very, very close to that decision point. There was a time when associating with a person who associated with Hitler’s beliefs became more than association … when it became support. I am so, so hesitant to make any particular issue more than it is, but I really wonder if that’s possible with what’s going on right now. I don’t want to be seen in the annals of history as one who supported what, to me — at this very moment — already is indefensible and unsupportable.

Because, to be clear, it’s not just Trump. It’s all those in government who bowed down to his growing power and enabled him, much like the blob, to expand his path of destruction. It’s the justices he put on our highest court who have become more activists than interpreters. It’s those in my home state who run for state and local office by attaching themselves to his ideals. It’s the idiots driving around in their pickup trucks flying Trump 2024 flags next to Muricahn flags and confederate flags. And it’s those who continue to say “Well, I couldn’t vote for Biden, so what choice did I have?”

Dude, the absence of a great choice or even a good choice doesn’t mean you should vote for what is so plainly a horrible choice. I’m so far from what anyone would consider a supporter of the current administration, and I was very much not a Hillary fan. I see the fact that we as a nation are routinely putting up woefully inadequate candidates to compete for the most important position in the world as yet another sign of Amuricah’s decline. But that doesn’t mean that I’m willing to put myself in anyone’s camp just because the other camp sucks worse. Again, when does association turn into support?

Yesterday, a woman who was there talked about how she heard and saw the most powerful person in the world and his associated lackeys become incredibly aware that the crowd they’d assembled through their continual pushing of a false narrative was armed, lathered up and dangerous. She then was witness to his attempt to not only not stop them but actually join them and lead them in what became their attempt to cancel through violence what every single sane and rational person agrees was an election with legitimate results.

People died because of these decisions.

A lot more people could have died.

I believe a lot more people are going to die.

So today, I’m picking my side. Those who associate with Trump in any way? They’re not me. If you’re one of them based on what you believe and how you did and would cast your vote, I’m not with you. I don’t care if you’re blood, I don’t care if we’ve had a 30-year relationship, I don’t care if I don’t really know you very well.

You’ve chosen your side.

I’ve chosen mine.


Woo boy. That sure was heavy. So let’s talk about chickens.

As my regular readers may recall (hey you three!), I recently was tasked with babysitting chickens belonging to my wife’s and Boy The Younger’s friends. This was an incredibly unwise decision, as I should never be confused with a Farm Person. Yet there I was a few weeks back, collecting eggs and trying (comically unsuccessfully) to get nine chickens back in their coop in the evening.

An interesting postscript to this comedy: I essentially am a chicken abortionist.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “This is going to be more heavy talk, and I really don’t want to hear anymore about Roe v. Wade.”

Chill out. We’re good. Stay with me.

When being given instructions on how to care for the chickens, the chicken owner told me that one particular hen was being “broody.” My first thought was, “Yeah, well, welcome to my teen years (and many of my adult years, for that matter),” but no, she wasn’t talking about the chicken being deep in a grunge phase. She was talking about this hen’s hormonal desire to be a momma. So broody was she that she would go all Will Smith on anyone who tried to collect her eggs.

So, said Chicken Owner, Broody Hen was going to be put in timeout for the duration of their vacation, kept in a separate enclosure in the garage.

Now, I sympathize with the plight of a Broody Hen. I sympathize with the plight of any chicken. It’s got to be really frustrating to continually produce that which would bring new life, only to have obnoxious humans shoo you away so they can steal it and eat it.

I also love eggs.

Scrambled. Fried. Whatever. It pairs so magnificently with bacon, it’s as if both animals that lead to those products should be together in the same place at some point in their existence.

  • Here’s the thing: I have no idea how a chicken egg good for my frying pan is different from a chicken egg that is a protective shield for a new chicken.

My father taught me the birds and the bees using an example from his favorite hobby — tropical fish. The fact that fish lay eggs on coral and then a male comes around to fertilize them and that we were constantly instructed to not scare his fish because the mother would eat the eggs or the newly hatched babies should give you some indication of the scope of the problem (and I deeper appreciation for the fact that I have helped produce new humans).

I went about collecting eggs because I was told to collect eggs. I was instructed: “Eat the eggs.” And boy howdy, was I down for that! On Day 1, I went into the garage and, after unlocking Broody Hen’s enclosure, used a yellow Wiffle Ball bat I found in the yard to scooch her out of the way.

Motherload!

Her five eggs joined all the other eggs I gathered during Chicken Owner’s family vacation.

Then one day shortly after Chicken Owner and family returned, BTY went to play with Chicken Owner’s son. Suddenly, Wifey Poo’s phone started blowing up but, as we were on a date, she courteously ignored it.

It was later that night when I was getting ready for bed that she came in and said “You didn’t eat any of Broody Hen’s eggs, did you?”

Most questions that end with a comma followed by “did you?” aren’t questions anyone wants to be asked. This is one of them.

“Ummm,” I said, trying to remember when I ate what eggs and how I could possibly know which ones belonged to which hens. “Maybe?”

“Well, yeah, Holly said we should probably throw them out because they could be actual chickens.”

“Wait, what?”

Apparently, BTY had told his buddy about me gathering Broody Hen’s eggs along with the others’, and Chicken Owner felt bad that she had neglected to tell me, “Those eggs? Leave them alone. They’re gonna be chickens.” So confused was Chicken Owner and family that Broody Hen had no eggs when they came home and so freaking depressed was Broody Hen that she had refused to move since their return that they had to go to the local Rural King, buy chicks (yay for living in Missourah and being able to go to the store and buy chicks, amaright?), distract Broody Hen and then shove the chicks underneath her so she would think of them as her own.

Did I eat a developing chicken? Quite possibly. Did I notice any difference? Umm, no? Put it this way: There were no feathers.

Do I feel horrible to have stolen Broody Hen’s babies? Absolutely. Though I do feel a little bit better because some chicks that otherwise would never have known a mother are getting a little “mom time” with their adopted parent now.

Oh, and I’m never taking care of any farm animal ever again.


My family is not wealthy. I am now finally making a good wage after some really big bumps in our financial road over the past seven years or so. This is fine, because, in general, we’re pretty regular people and far from materialistic.

For example, we, as a family, love baseball. When we go to Busch Stadium for a game, all of us are more than happy to simply be in the ballpark, which is good because the seats we get are more associated with nose bleeds than close encounters with great baseball players.

Last night was different. The Core 4 made its way to Busch Stadium. The boys had no idea what was coming.

I’d been given these tickets from a rep of a business I worked with in my previous job. It was only after I’d selected them that I found out where these seats were.

The boys were impressed that we actually had a parking pass and didn’t go to our usual lot about a half-mile from the stadium. There’s a point at which parking drops from $20 to $10, and that’s our lot.

Not last night. We parked in the shadow of the stadium and walked the 100 feet to the gates. I then said I wanted to go see the field up close and went down to the Green Seats.

In Busch, the Green Seats are the ones that are right behind home plate. They come with a pre-game all-you-can-eat buffet that is more “upscale hotel” and less “Golden Corral.” It also includes all-you-can-eat, at-your-seat service for food and drinks once the game starts.

When the boys realized what was going on, they freaked out. I’d been waiting for that moment for a month. It was so cool to see their genuine excitement.

We watched the game, we laughed, we joked, we had up-close views of some of the players on our Waffle House Fantasy Baseball League players, and we sampled way too much food. It was good.

I don’t begrudge people who have done well financially and for whom such experiences are regular things. But I think I’ll always be appreciative of the fact that those kind of things aren’t regular for the C4 and, more so, that when they occur, my kids see them as special.


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Remembering Sarah — Sept. 21, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Beautiful Skies ⛅Two Terms For 2022 ✌️ Back in our early days at Pound Ridge Elementary School, Sarah was the fastest girl runner in the class, which bought her some serious playground cred. There were only a few of us boys who could hang with Sarah in the 50-meter dash…

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Small Ear Canal — Sept. 19, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ear Flushing👂Grunge God🎶Tech Guy📺 If you have to have a doctor tell you a body part or yours is small, I suppose one of the least offensive would be the ear canal. That’s what a doctor told me this morning, after I finally broke down and actually went to said doctor’s…

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Nominee Day! — Sept. 16, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Toys in the Hall🪅Idiot Governors🗳️Flopping FedEx✈️ Last night in my hotel in Springfield, Missourah, I set out a glass of milk and a plate of cookies before going to bed. It’s not that I don’t know how to read a calendar or have any particular belief in a fat man in…

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Springfields Aplenty — Sept. 15, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Which One?🗺️Leave Introverts Alone🤫Oxford Commas🤪 I’m on the road for work this week, in Springfield. Ahhh, but Springfield what? There currently are 35 populated places in the United States named Springfield, spread out over 25 states, including five in Wisconsin. In addition, there are 35 Springfield Townships, and Ohio owns 11…

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F’n COVID — Sept. 13, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Surrounded 😷Wood Splitter 🌲Morons 🤪 I’ve had COVID. Twice. The first time fucked up my life for a year. I’m still not back to the me I was before it came into my home, and I’m pretty sure that now, nearly two years later, that’s not going to change. The second…

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Change of Plans — Sept. 12, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sunday audible🤒Fantasy Failure 🏈Anal Chess♟️ Sunday was supposed to be a romantic day spent in a canoe with Wifey Poo, the two of us paddling leisurely down the Meramec River. Mother Nature was not in the mood to play wingman and decided to pick the one day in the midst of…

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Why Run? — Sept. 11, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Finish Line Scene 🏃‍♂️Baseball’s Better ⚾M-I-Z! Z-O-UC-H! 🏈 I have never understood the modern-day purpose of running for the sake of running. Sure, I understand it’s a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it’s a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B, yet the desire to strap on…

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Stephen King — Sept. 9, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Book Guy 📚Queen Stuff 👑Bernard Shaw 📺 I’ve decided I want to own a copy of every Stephen King book ever written. That’s about 75 books at the moment. I have a built-in bookcase in my mancave/home office. I don’t think it would hold all 75 in hardcover, but perhaps it…

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Once Upon a Time — Sept. 7, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Beginnings 📚School Start 🚌Real Baseball ⚾ I was thinking this morning on my drive to work how we rarely know when the significant times in our lives begin. So frequently, the most important things that happen to us start with nothing noteworthy. Of course, there are exceptions, the “love-at-first-sight” moments or…

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Chainsaws & Ladders — Sept. 6, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fallin’ Thoughts 🤕Shinedown 🎸Sleepy 😴 The brain can be surprisingly efficient when the meatsack it’s attached to is in the middle of falling off a ladder while holding a revved-up chainsaw. This, I learned yesterday morning while attempting to saw a limb off a tree that was getting way too close…

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Inside a Good Day — Sept. 5, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Overview📅Fantasy Football🏈Elite Bonding🤼‍♂️ Days that start with chainsaws and lighter fluid and end with four hours of really good professional wrestling are bound to be added to the “good” column for review when the scales are weighed at the end of a life. Yesterday was such a day for me. In…

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Second Mothers — Sept. 3, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Funeral 😢Glimmers ☁️Meat 🥩 If you’re lucky, you’ve had a second mother. Whether your first mother was or is an amazing person who nurtured you and raised you among calm consistency or if she was lacking in certain maternal fundamentals, having a second mother is a blessing. Today, we were there…

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Muricah the Crumbling — Sept. 2, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩We’re Dumber 👎OnlyFans Thrives 🍑Shinedown 🎵 Official statistics put the COVID death toll in the United States at 1.04 million, with another 713 deaths yesterday. More than 4,000 people are in the ICU right now suffering from what the former Moron-in-Chief called that one person coming from China and a situation…

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Bratwurst Flap — August 31, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dethroned Queen 👑Gravy Wrestling 🤼‍♂️Dog Talk 🐕 Don’t fuck with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival board. That’s a message Abigail Brocwell is learning the hard way. Brocwell was expected to be inaugurated as the queen of the festival in the northern Ohio town earlier this month, but she was stripped of the…

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Baseball Serendipity — August 30, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩3, Unassisted ⚾A Sad Day 📅Tracking Your Vagina 🌸 The last time Boy The Younger was on a baseball field, the “coach” of his team removed him from a game in the middle of an inning because I had privately messaged him to not attempt to steal home with my kid…

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Failure to Launch — August 29, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hydrogen Issue 🚀Karting 🏎️Lake Life 😌 I was all excited to watch the launch of the moon-bound Artemis 1 rocket this morning, only to see the clock stopped at T-minus 40 minutes because of a “hydrogen issue.” Don’t know about you, but I’m thinking having an issue with hydrogen is a…

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Hypnotized — August 26, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Karen in Control ⌚Karting 🏎️What podcast? 🎧 In the winter of 1993, I went to a comedy club with a friend and, in the spur of the moment, decided to be one of those who came forward to join the fun and be hypnotized. This was decidedly out of character for…

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Outrage? — August 25, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little League Flap ⚾Grandpa Joe 🤦Psychedelics 🍄 Boys are interesting creatures who aren’t easily understood. One of the many, many weird things boys do is mercilessly make fun of their best friends. My closest friends in middle school and early in high school were affectionately nicknamed Goon, Tree Frog, Butt and…

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Life Expectancy — August 24, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩 Death Cometh Sooner 💀Twitter Security 🔓Game Over 🌑 Average life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2020 by almost two years in 2020, the biggest decline since World War II. Every state and the District of Columbia saw a drop. Guess it was a little bit more than that…

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Mysterious Brain — August 23, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Worm brain 🧠Chicken Big Mac 🐔Eye Twitch 👁️ Caenorhabditis elegans is probably too elegant of a name for something that is really just a disgusting little worm about a millimeter long and most easily found in rotting fruit. It is more commonly known as a lab roundworm and was the first…

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Homeschoolin’ — August 22, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Agliata Homeschool Academy 🚌Hypnosis 😳Sunburn 🌞🔥 When you tell people you homeschool your children, you typically receive one of three responses: An enthusiastic: “Oh, that’s so cool!” An I’d-rather-be-dipped-in-acid: “Oh wow! I could never do that!” A you’re-one-of-those-weirdos: “Oh… really… homeschooling, huh?” The percentage for each has changed in the…

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Mexican Pato O’Ward — August 21, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Indycar 🏎️Best Friends 😎Baseball Irony ⚾ There are certain people who look at car racing as an endless series of left turns. These people are idiots on whom nuance is lost. Boy The Elder and I crossed the border yesterday late-morning to head just past the fine city of East St.…

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Pig Problem — August 19, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Swine Inflation 🐖Swamp Thing 🎥Phone Calls 📱 Life was different when I went to college in Iowa after growing up in suburban New York City. This isn’t to suggest I was a city kid. I wasn’t. The city was a place we went to a few times a year, and where…

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Three-Screen Guy — August 17, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Triple-Threat 🖥️🖥️🖥️Tasmanian Tiger 🐅Video Work 📹 Humans were not meant to stare at laptop screens. At least, humans of a certain age were not meant to stare at laptop screens. I say this after successfully lobbying for a second monitor at work, which effectively turned my laptop screen into a third…

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Orange Coffee — August 16, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Look Before Brewing ☕Hoop Construction 🏀Nuclear War ☢️ If you’d like an indication of how much of a Monday yesterday was for me, know that I ended up with an orange in my coffee. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a full-blown orange. It was something called a Cutie, which is…

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Cemetery Wandering — August 14, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Date 🪦Nature Walk🌳Bulldog Bath 🐶 If you have a date walking around a cemetery, you’re either weird or goth, and neither Wifey Poo nor I were wearing black today, which I guess tells you all you need to know about us. Old cemeteries are something of a fascination for us,…

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Bye-Bye, BTE — August 13, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩So Long, Kid 👨‍👦Steak Celebration🥩Chip & Joanna 🪚 Regular readers of my drivel know that I’m kind of an emotional guy, which is like saying that Jack kind of could have fit on the spacious floating door with Rose in Titanic. So it should come as no surprise when I say…

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The Taxman Cometh — August 12, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cash 4 IRS 💰Cash 4 Workers 💸Sound of Silence 🤫 Be extra careful on your taxes this year. The IRS is expected to receive nearly $80 billion when The Inflation Reduction Act eventually becomes law, and its plan is to hire 87,000 full-time workers. More than half of the $80 billion…

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Peanut Man — August 10, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Spoon Nose 🥄👃🏻Dump Truck 🚚Twitter Traitor 🐦 Every night, I strap a mask attached to a long hose to my face so I don’t die. Not satisfied with looking kinda like an idiot, I then wrap a flexible Velco-enabled strap around my chin and fasten it on top of my bald…

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Rivalry — August 8, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thanks, Yankees ⚾Kitchen Moment 👩‍🍳McDonald’s Glasses 🥛 Wifey Poo and I were recent college graduates and months away from becoming Married Folk when our relationship nearly faced its greatest test. The New York Yankees were rolling toward their first World Series appearance since I played with Matchbox Cars, and the St.…

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Fossil Fun — August 6, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mammoth Dilemma🦣Zombie Pigs🧟🐖Stadium Pals⚾ Finding the fossilized remains of a Wooly Mammoth in New Mexico isn’t exactly news. It seems the furry elephants loved to hang out in the land so frequently visited by aliens. What is news is the condition of the fossils from the latest find. Some of the…

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Hit By Pitch — August 3, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ankle Shot 🦶🏻Teamwork 🤝🏽Talkspace Stupidity 🤪 Over the years, I’ve played catch with Boy The Younger dozens and dozens of times. From those early days of him aimlessly flinging an oversized soft thing a few feet forward, to now when he’s zipping a real baseball the regulation distance from a pitching…

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Empty — August 1, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Creative Desert 🎨So Long, Supra 🏎️Taco Truck 🌮 I have absolutely nothing today. On most days — even the really, really bad days — I can push out something creatively worthwhile. A blog post. A flyer. A video. Not today. Today I have jack shit. This is professionally problematic, considering my…

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Frog Dive — July 31, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hungry=Stupid 😋Strategic Planning 📅Bed Sizes 🛏️ Hunger is a strong motivator. This, most of us know. Yet I witnessed this truth at a whole new level this weekend. Wifey Poo and I traveled up to Hannibal, Missourah, for a few days. Hannibal, for you uncultured folks, is the hometown of Mark…

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Cyclical Forces — July 29, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Change 🌀Me, Different 😷Bad Baseball ⚾ I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Most everything in humanity is governed by two intertwined forces. Supply and demand. Scarcity. Whether its the economy or human emotions, everything about us is geared toward responding to these two things. For example, when there…

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Hypocrisy — July 28, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Double Standards 🦅Birthday Deals 🎁Video Guy 📹 The United States has a problem with hypocrisy. Don’t worry, though; it’s nothing new. It just happens to be glaringly apparent right now. Our revered Founding Fathers got things off on a really bad foot when they penned the lofty statement that all men…

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Birthday Eve — July 27, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Revolution 🌍Rain 🌧️Refund 💰 By this time tomorrow, I will have completed 48 trips around the sun. Or is it 47 and I’ll be starting my 48th? Whatever. I’ll be 48 years old tomorrow. I have to admit, I’m feeling kinda blah about it. Looking back, this past revolution was busy…

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Angry Weather — July 26, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bitchy Mother Nature 🌧️⚡Tech Woes 🖥️Maturation 👦 Overnight storms made for a restless night, as waves of rain and thunder rolled through our section of Missourah. Flash flood warnings pinged my phone sometime in the middle of the night, and by the time I left for my drive to work, eastbound…

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Big-Drop Thoughts — July 25, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Rollercoasters 🎢Sad Puppy 🐶News Roundup 🤖 It’s possible to think a lot of thoughts while plummeting 90 feet at a 90-degree angle while staring up at the sun. This I learned yesterday while at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missourah, with the Core Four, Div, Wifey Poo’s baby sister and baby…

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Branson — July 24, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Date Day 🤟🏽Prison Justice 👊Universe Questions 🚀 Wifey Poo and I ended up having more than 12 hours to ourselves yesterday here in the Midwest Redneck Mecca of Branson, Missourah. Boys The Elder and Younger, along with BTE’s lovely girlfriend of nearly three years, and Wifey Poo’s baby sister and family…

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Told Ya — July 22, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩WFH WTF? 🧑‍💼Rebel Ball ⚾Psych Myth 🧠 As a writer/columnist/blogger/thought-spewer, I always enjoy when I get something out there before anyone else. I dug that when I was a newspaper journalist, and I dig it now. That’s why I’m happy to be hearing national publications and sites like Business Insider starting…

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The Muricahn Way — July 20, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fahrenheit 🌡️Blindingly White ⬜Alone Time 👴 Muricah is very much a reactionary nation. Much of what we do and who we are is because we were pissed off about the way someone else did things. Monarchy? We’ll have a democracy, thank you very much. The metric system? We’ll measure stuff our…

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Baseball News — July 19, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tryouts ⚾BBQ Sauce🍖TMNT🐢 There is cause for celebration in the Core Four: Boy The Younger has been drafted. Sadly, we’re not talking about the ongoing Major League Baseball draft. Rather, we’re talking about the sick modern world of Little League baseball. Not to get too “Get off my lawn!” on you,…

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Brakes & Boxes — July 18, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Growth 💗Dreams 💤Redecorating 🛋️ There are moments in a dad’s life in which he can see the growth of his sons quite clearly. Sometimes that growth is physical. One day, Boy The Elder was a short, stocky little boy and then, boom, he came home from his high school job at…

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Firestarter— July 17, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Burn Pit🔥Alaska Ass🍑Nose Hair🐽 Having a plan is a far different thing from having a plan work out. I’m really good at the former, yet the latter seems to be extremely elusive. Yesterday, my plan was to take the huge pile of chopped-down cedar-tree limbs that have been in my backyard…

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Future Wife — July 16, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Jewel💎First Kiss💋Slow Ahead🐢 Wifey Poo and I are headed out into the sweltering hell that is Missourah this evening to see the woman who, should she knock on my door and say “let’s go,” I am fully empowered to join in the next part of life’s journey. I jest. Sort of.…

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Population Growth — July 15, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Parenthood 🚓Alexa 📋Quick-Hitters 👋 Just about every statistic imaginable tells us we shouldn’t have kids — at least, not if we’re concerned about our own happiness, mental health, marriage, career, finances, time or ability to buy a really boss car instead of a freaking minivan. Yet here we are, still a…

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Ouchy Obituary — July 13, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Lawrence Pfaff Sr. Sucks 🚓Engagement Talk 🌯Quick-Hitters 👋 From what I know of Lawrence H. Pfaff Sr. of Belmont, NY, he was kind of a douche. The 81-year-old man died on June 27. I never met him. Never even heard of him. Until I read his obit. And about that obit?…

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HOV Lane — July 11, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Travelling Companion🚓Free Beans 🌯Unfollowed 👋 Brandy Bottone is either stupid or brilliant. Whichever it is, she’s also right. The Texas woman was traveling in the HOV lane — which, for the country folk out there, stands for High Occupancy Vehicle and is reserved for cars with two or more people to…

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Gamblin’ With The Judester— July 10, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Slots 🎰Dude Perfect ⚽Bye Bye Facebook? 👋 My mother-in-law (AKA The Judester) is nearly 81 years old and has knee problems that keep her from getting around too well these days. Watching her stand up from a chair is to feel pain yourself. Yet when I walked into the Ameristar casino…

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Grandma — July 8, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Reflections on Grandma 👵Kids & Death 👨‍👦‍👦Don’t Say It 🤫 My grandma died yesterday, four days shy of her 96th birthday. As it goes with people at that age, it wasn’t a surprise. She had been fading for more than a year and, though she still was breathing, that version of…

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Unproductive — July 6, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sleepwalking 🧨DnD Gang 🎲Gas Idiots 🛢️ If there were a day-by-day measure of the collective output of workers in these here United States of Amuricah (and for all I know, there is), I would venture to guess that July 5 ain’t our most productive day. I base this on my observations…

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Stuck By Patriotism — July 4, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Stupid Parade 🧨Math Matters ➗What Amazon Reveals 🚚 Not being a hugely patriotic person at this point in my life, I made no plans to go to any Fourth of July parade this year. It seems mighty foolish to be celebrating freedoms that are eroding right before our eyes, though I…

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Div — July 3, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Alone Time, Girl Time 👩‍👧Picture Hanger🔨What Amazon Reveals 🚚 Wifey Poo and I found ourselves in an interesting position at home today for a little bit: Alone. Boy The Elder took off for Six Flags with his buds, and Boy The Younger left with a friend and his family (Chicken Owner,…

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Car Guy — July 2, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Oil Change 👨‍🔧Goose Lover🛦Church & State⛪ Based on my history, the last place anyone should ever look for me is underneath a car. Yet that’s where I found myself late this morning, side-by-side with Boy The Elder as he showed me exactly how stupid I’ve been all my life. I’m not…

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Objectively Speaking — July 1, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Media Bias 📰Rudy’s Sandals 🩴Lack of Faith ⚖️ I’ve watched with interest the blowback against newspaper tyrant Gannett following its reminder to its journalists in the wake of the Supreme Court’s undoing of Roe v. Wade that they are not to take sides on social media. “You cannot use social media…

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Booby Beep — June 30, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Censorship 🍈🍈Newspaper Talk 📰Toothbrush 🦷 I did my first actual “work” thing at my new job yesterday. The first two-plus days have been filled with meeting new people and learning about the kazillion awesome products we sell so I can talk somewhat intelligently about what we do. But then Nu Bossman…

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Nu Job — June 27, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Take Me Away🛀Period Tracker🩸Choose Wisely💒 Arriving for the first day at a new job is kind of like showing up in a new town after throwing away your old identity. It’s a blank slate, and you can be anyone you’d like to be. Want to go by a different name? Go…

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