🧩 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.
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.”
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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Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- BTE is going to teach me how to change my car’s oil this weekend.
- Life just feels good right now.
- Wifey Poo. She’s awesome.
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Brown Stockings ⚾I’m A Dentist 🦷Quick Hitters 🐅🦎 If all had gone according to plan, I’d be well into retirement and diving into my money Scrooge McDuck-style after a success career pitching for the New York Yankees. Alas, I’m sitting at my desk in Maryland Heights, Missourah, munching on carrot sticks…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Crowned 👑MFA Moment 😥AI Danger 💻 I remember as a kid getting a filling and hearing that it was real silver being put in my mouth. I figured if times ever really got tough, I could just yank out my tooth, melt the filling and buy food. Yes, these were thoughts…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Nose Woes 👃African in School 🚌Trumpster Fire 👮 The human body has a way of keeping us humble, especially as we get older. We lose hair where we want it and grow it in abundance where we don’t, we produce ear wax and eye boogers, and 99% of us should never…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tiger-Iguana 🐅🦎Cornhole Crushing 🌽Poison M&Ms ☠️ The first time I saw a commercial for the Volkswagen Tiguan, I thought it was a parody. As a marketing guy, I couldn’t fathom how an entire department of highly paid professionals could sit down at a table and decide the best name for a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Closing the Door 🚪Car Shopping🚙Fake Kid-Hater 🧒 Over the course of my life, I’ve gotten used to doing the difficult thing. This often hasn’t been by choice, and it’s never been easy. It’s simply what I’ve had to do. Whether it was facing a pregnancy in which we knew our child…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Changes and Similarities ✈️Family Drama Update 🎭Close Encounters 🤼♂️ My Favorite African (MFA) has arrived. His plane landed at Lambert International at around 1:15 yesterday, and about 15 minutes later, a kind TSA person allowed us and the woman who accompanied MFA on the flight to violate all sorts of Homeland…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little D Nears ✈️Familiar Familial Drama 🎭Van O’ Canadians 🍁 My favorite African returns to us tomorrow afternoon. Dieudonne will board a plane from Philly with an escort (not THAT kind … I think, anyway), and land in the STL around 1:15. For the next three or four months, we’ll take…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩TikTok Stupidity 😠Back Woes 😧Improv Friends 🎭 There are increasing number of hours each week in which I have a strong desire to throw every piece of connected technology into the nearest lake and move to wherever I have to go to be as far away from any modern gadget as…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Anniversary Changes 💍Near Death Experience 💀Dreamcatcher Drama 😳 All relationships change over time. Friendships, parent-child, boss-employee, husband-wife … no matter the relationship, the only constant thing is change. My marriage has changed mightily since it began. When Wifey Poo and I said our vows on March 22, 1997, we were –…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Why The Blahs? 😷Anniversary Plans 💍Unpleasant Warnings 🐍 Feeling blah is complicated when you have my medical history. For many people, feeling blah as I’m feeling right now is a clear indication that some sort of illness or infection has invaded the body. But for me — and for many others…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dentist Visit 🦷Basketball Sucks 🏀Found Husband 👨 No one truly likes going to the dentist. I’ve had people push back on me when I’ve said this before, but when I lay out the following scenario, well, it’s pretty much checkmate: “You just had the most well-respected doctor in the world tell…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dumb Gubment 🦅Dawg Party 🐶Flying African ✈️ We as modern Muricans tend to just accept that it’s the gubment’s job to educate our children. Of course, when other countries that aren’t our friends do that, we call it “indoctrination,” but that’s a topic for another day. The topic for today is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Costly Mortality ☠️Crazies, Unite 🤪Defining ‘Appointment’ 🦷 I’m getting ready to die. Sounds ominous, right? Dramatic? Scary? It’s not. Oh yes, in a certain light, it’s depressing as hell. But what it really involved was a meeting with an attorney that Wifey Poo and I had yesterday to figure out exactly…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Books and Stories 📚SVB Lessons 🏦Basketball Party 🏀 Holy crap, you guys! I actually finished something I wrote! In fact, I finished two somethings I wrote! As my regular readers (hey you three!) know, I’ve been stunk in a funk of starting to write books and short stories with gusto and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Podcast Appearance 🎙️The Birth Control Pill Story 🐶Good Tired 🥱 If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I could ever envision myself on a stage in the back room of a dive bar sharing a story about how my dog ate six months of birth control pills…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Pee Mate 🚽Game Maker 🎲Dumb Muricans 🦅 I have been thinking about death a lot lately, not because I’m particularly eager for it to happen or because I’m particularly not eager for it to happen. I guess it’s because I’m a few months shy of my 49th birthday and please-for-the-love-of-God let…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dieudonne 🌍Hoops Win🏀Cornhole Roll ✔️ In 2021, during some of the darkest and most difficult times in our lives as individuals and couple, Wifey Poo and I did a thing. It was a big thing. It was a challenging thing. It was an amazing thing. But to say it was just…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Full Stop’ 🛑Needles 💉Business Lessons 🧑💼 Here’s something I learned about myself today: One way to ensure that I will debate you on a topic until I give my last breath or until you are huddled in a corner in a fetal position is to end the statement of your opinion…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mindfulness 🧘Mullet Prez 👩🦳Murder Family 🔪 Our brains are amazing things. So adept are they at routines that they can essentially run on autopilot and let you do the everyday stuff like operating a multi-ton object advancing at 70+ mph among lots of other multi-top objects advancing at 70+ mph without…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bloody Hell 💂Circus Moments 🤡Silence 🤫 OK, people: I’ve got a bone to pick with you. But first, a little digression. What in the bloody hell does that phrase mean? “A bone to pick with you?” That sounds absolutely disgusting. And if you’re wondering why I said “bloody hell,” well, that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩24 Hour Video 😡Rubik’s Kid 🧊Dilbert Doofus 🤪 There are two things I cannot stand in the working world — and in life, in general. The first is people whose lack of preparedness turns ordinary stuff into emergencies. The second is when people criticize the result of something they previous approved.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mormon Billionaires 💰Bigger Packages 🍌Birds Really Aren’t Real 🐦 Can we just get on with blowing the tits off the world with nuclear weapons or something and end this stupid thing we call the human race? Yeah, I know that’s a little dramatic, but when I take a look at the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Muricah The Evil 🦅You Buy You 💰Big-Ass Van 🚚 I find it rather humorous that Muricah warned China not to send arms to one side of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine … and that we issued this warning with a straight face. I’m quite sure most Muricahns believe their country…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Salve 🩹Car Wash 🚗💧Light Removal 🎄 I try not to venture too often into a Wal-Mart, especially on the weekend. I cling to slim hope for this nation as it is, and I find Wal-Mart trips do not help my grip. Alas, this weekend, Boy The Younger was under the weather…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩CC, BCC, FU 📧Basketball Poll 🏀Andy Rooney 🎙️ This week has largely been a Shit Week marred by Shit People. What are Shit People? They aren’t exactly easy to define, but one hallmark of a Shit Person is his rampant use of the CC function at work to passive-aggressively play power…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chill Day 🛋️Busy Weekend ⚾Halftime 🏈 I’m not working today. Not only am I not working at my day job, I’m not doing any work for my side gig today. I’m not planning on doing much of anything, actually. And I don’t feel guilty about that. This weekend was insanely busy.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Big Pharma Sucks 💊Work Rules 🧑💼Big Weekend 🏈 Spend any time in front of the television and you’ll see ads touting the latest drugs that you shouldn’t take if you’re allergic to and that you most definitely need to ask your doctor about. Now comes a study showing that the people…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Top 5 🎈Symphony 🎻Living Eulogies 💗 Top 5 things overheard in Missourah last week as a purported Chinese spy balloon made its way over the state en route to its rendezvous with an F22’s missile: Despite my high-brow upbringing in Suburbia, New York, I’m not what anyone would call A Symphony…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Space Walk 🧑🚀Bye-Bye Brady 🏈Failure Rate 🐿️ When Boy The Elder was just Boy and devoid of a younger brother, we had a nickname for him: Pokey Joe. BTE didn’t do anything fast, but more than anything, what he did incredibly slow was get out of a car. That would suck…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Raccoons 🦝February 💘Man Nips 🕺 Today I bring you the story of a raccoon who got his balls stuck to railroad tracks. But the reason you think I’m bringing you this story is not the reason I’m bringing you this story. You think I’m bringing the story of the raccoon Neil…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tyre Nichols 😔Tattoo Day ✒️Nephew Hoops🏀 I was a white kid in suburbia, New York, in 1988 when the gangsta rap group N.W.A. came out with its album Straight Outta Compton, featuring the song Fuck Tha Police. It was scandalous, at the time, to suggest that the police would be anything…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Car Concert 🎵Sick Wife🤒People Suck 🖕 Within the 24 hours in the run-up to Snowpocalypse 2023, the estimates on the Weather Channel app for our snowfall total ranged from 1 to 10 inches. That’s like going to the doctor and being told you have anything from a splinter to terminal cancer.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mission: Failed 👎Ho 🤣Handy Family 👍 It has to suck to work at the Missouri Department of Transportation. Why? It took exactly 75 minutes for all of 2023 to be a failure. Let me explain. Those of you unfortunate enough to have been involved in any sort of corporate planning process…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Houston 🖊️Sad clown 🤡Taco Seasoning 🌮 Houston, Missourah, is not unlike a lot of other rural Missourah towns through which I’ve driven and bears a resemblance to the Small Town USA in which Boy The Elder did a lot of his early growing up and to which Boy The Younger came…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Definitions 📖Missing Bourbon 🥃Mysterious Knocks 😵 I generally abhor any writing that starts with, “Webster’s dictionary defines …” Webster’s dictionary defines “ceiling” as a noun meaning “the overhead inside lining of a room.” The implication is that it’s a limitation, a max, a point of demarcation between what’s out there and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Annoyance 😠Disappointment 😞 When Boy The Elder was Boy The Only in our home, he watched one of the Air Bud movies featuring a basketball-playing dog. Or maybe it was football. Or soccer. By the time that series was over, that dog had played them all. Anyway, whichever Air Bud…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thor’s Blurry Hammer 🍆Pigeon Delivery 🕊️Idiot List 🤪 Thor is really, really good with his hammer. And by that, I mean that Thor the walrus in Scarborough, England, is really good at masturbating and ruining New Years Eve. If you haven’t heard about this story, stop reading stupid news like politics…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bruising Basketball 🏀Poke ☝️Six?!? 🔫 I grew up in the NBA era of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons while loving a New York Knicks team that was, to put it mildly, quite physical. Guys like Steph Curry and LeBron James can makes basketball seem like artistry these days, but give me…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What There is Like! ⛅’Modern Policing’ 🚨Xylophone Time! 🎵 When you decide to talk about a time in which you truly believe you more-or-less died and saw what comes after this life, you have to be comfortable with the fact that people might think you’re nuts. Hell, talking about it on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Grace Ashford! 📰Idaholy Shit! 🥔Story of the Year! 🍆 The three most influential people in my life as a journalist are, sadly, all part of the Great Newsroom in the Sky now. Professors Michael Perkins and Bob Woodward (AKA Bob Woodward-Not-That-Bob-Woodward) helped educate me at Drake University, and Lisa Warren was…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Poor Puppy 🐶Romeo and Juliet 🤴👸Meta Mistake 🙊 Disturbing news out of Washington, D.C., today as Republican Congressman-elect George Santos (if that’s his real name) brought a 6-month-old puppy to the house floor and screamed “Hey, look at me!” before slitting its throat and lapping up its squirting blood like a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Pretty Good Rant 😠Tesla Plunge 🚗Missed Lasts 😥 Those of you who regularly read my drivel (I see you, DirtySciFiBuddah) might have become aware of the fact over the past year or so that I am not a huge fan of our world’s modern institutions. All of them might, in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Incomplete 🕮Frustration 😠Bowl Bust 🏈 To say that I know how to write is like saying I know how to breathe. No one considers that they know how to breathe. They just … breathe. No one is particularly good at breathing or bad at breathing. Again, they just … breathe. I’ve…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩2023 📅Helping 🧠The Universe 🔭 I’m not much for long-term plans and goals. This isn’t to suggest I don’t think they’re important. I just think that spending a lot of time on them is futile. What’s the saying? Man plans, God laughs. Something like that. Anyway, I’ve learned through experience that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chain Links 🔗”Work” 🧑💼Popular Toys 🧸 After my first son died in December 2000, I spent a lot of time wondering why. Why me? Why Wifey Poo? Why Jacob? Why this level of suffering in a world supposedly created and run by an all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God? So I did what…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chiefs! 🏈Indy Tickets 🏎️Bank Visit 💰 When I bought the tickets to the Christmas Eve contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks as a gift for Boys The Elder & Younger, it was sometime in September and temps hovered around 90 degrees. The thought that the game might…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Timelines 👶Extinctions 🌋Sin City 👌 As I fall deeper down the rabbit hole learning more about theories on space and time, the concept of alternative timelines comes up again and again and again. Whether it’s the stuff of science fiction or one day will be proven to be the stuff of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Cousin’ Laughs🎤Improv!?!? 🎭Drake Hoops 🏀 Back when I was a boy, I had a favorite Cousin-Who-Wasn’t-A-Cousin. His name was Joey DeVito, and he was in no way a blood relation to me, though I called his father Uncle Frankie and his mother Aunt Celia. I’m pretty sure this is an East…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Glazed 🍩Bingo! 🖥️Disappearing Christians ⛪ I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind. First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩STL’s Homeless 😥Snake Hoo-Hoos 🐍That Was Epoch 👴 I found James huddled underneath a blanket as he sat, knees to his chest, head bowed, just outside the doorway of a CVS in the Delmar Loop section of St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s a fun place filled…Keep reading