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Institutions — Jan. 4, 2023


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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 some way, be necessary. None of them are close to what they originally were intended to be.

Take the modern day church. Pick one. I don’t care which one. I don’t care if it’s called a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, pool hall … whatever. None of them as an institution reflect anything close to what the creator of the universe is all about. Why? Because all of them have been co-opted by dicks — literally and figuratively. There isn’t a religious institution today that isn’t somehow corrupted by human influences, mostly male human influences, that have divided instead of united, fomented hatred instead of love and created an exclusive club that puts them on the inside and you on the outside. And that, my friends, is wrong.

Or perhaps you’d rather take government. Show me a statewide or federal official who isn’t somehow compromised by money. Go ahead. Put your favorite lackey up there, and I promise you it won’t take me more than an hour to show how his or her votes are directly tied to who he or she gets campaign money from. We might have a representative democracy, but that democracy isn’t representing you and me.

Maybe you’d like to talk about law enforcement. “John,” you say. “There are good men and women out there who serve and protect and do their very best to uphold the law,” and you’re right. One hundred percent right. There also is the reality of the thin blue line and the horrible things allegiance to fellow cop over what’s right has allowed to happen. And then there are the outright dirty cops themselves whose actions have put innocent people behind bars for decades — and even to death. “But John, those are a few bad apples.” Fine. If I told you your liberty — perhaps your very own life — depends on not plucking the bad apple off that tree in front of you, would you risk plucking an apple? What if I told you that you have to pluck eight apples because of the color of your skin or your economic status? You still feelin’ plucky? I’m not.

I’m not here to tell you anyone belonging to an institution is bad. They’re not. I’m telling you allegiance to institutions is bad. Any time you identify with a modern-day institution and it’s an influence in your life, you are checking your integrity at the door.

How does someone show allegiance? Time and treasure are two good places to start. To continue to put money in the coffers of the Catholic Church, for example, is to allow for (and dare I say “support of”) continued sexual abuse coverups and the destruction of innocent lives. I don’t care if you tell me your donations go to a good Catholic Church and your good Catholic Church would never knowingly hire or hide child-diddlers. You are financially supporting the institution that has demonstrably done such things on the regular. Your very presence in the pew is an affront to the God you’re there to worship.

So often these days, our institutions are disgustingly paternalistic. Your workplace likely tells you how many days you can take off to do what needs to be done — whether that is go to a doctor’s appointment, recharge your brain, attend an out-of-town concert, go to Aunt Betty’s funeral … whatever. Sometimes you can’t even get funeral leave for Aunt Betty because she’s not “immediately family.” Forget that Aunt Betty was the most important person in your life growing up. She’s an aunt, not a mom, so she doesn’t count.

Here’s the thing: We no longer stop and say, “Um, boss? What do you think of my performance? It’s great, huh? Yeah, that’s what my performance appraisals say. So I’m not gonna need to check with you if I can take 11 days off instead of 10, nor when I can take them. I’m a grown-ass man (or woman) and can make these grown-ass decisions because I value you as my employer and my co-workers as my colleagues. So you go back to your boss office and do your boss things. I’m gonna manage my own life and time outside of here, M’kay?” I understand some companies have gone to unlimited PTO. That’s great! Why isn’t that the norm?

Let’s talk about health insurers. These are people who don’t know you, have never talked with you, have never seen you, met you, heard of you, people who know you only by a number, people who never spent one second receiving any sort of formal advanced medical education, people who we, for some reason, empower to make decisions about our lives that could determine whether we live or die. What the actual fuck, people!?!?

We are beholden to that number — that Member ID. Without it, there’s no way in hell you’re going to get that test approved, that procedure done, that thing that the man or woman who spent years going to school to learn about the human body and who has actually laid hands on you and seen the exact problem has determined is precisely what is necessary for your care so you can continue being a functional human being. Again I say, what the actual fuck?

I say all this because I have spent far too much time over the past 48 hours talking to people in institutions that I loathe — paternalistic, unnecessary institutions filled with people who, bottom line, suck ass. While I am sure there are fine individuals in each of these institutions, collectively, I would love for these institutions to go the fuck away.

Health insurers.

HR departments.

Pharmacy call centers.

None of them have the best interest of the person supposedly benefiting from their existence at heart. None of them give a rip about the real human needs on other end of the phone or the other side of the desk. All are there to serve their masters, which ain’t the person who is supposed to benefit from their existence.

I am under no illusion that me telling that fact to any of the people I’ve talked with over the past 48 hours has made one bit of difference in either their lives or the corporate “lives” of the masters they serve. Does it make me feel better to at least get it off my chest and tell them? A little bit, yeah. But I don’t think I’m changing anything.

Why? Because I don’t have faith in any of these institutions. They all are broken beyond repair. All have been for quite some time. As an example, that HR departments even exist is a sign of the brokenness of our species. That they have as much power as they do in the average company shows how successful they’ve been at convincing others they are necessary. Oh, and you can change your name to call yourself the People Department or the Department of Internal Happiness or the freaking Oompa Loompa Department. You know who else needed rebranding to not be seen as evil? Facebook. And Facebook is really yucky, amiright?

So no, I know I’m not changing anything. You’re not changing anything. We’re not changing anything.

Once every four years, we allow ourselves to get whipped up into a frenzy and divided over which candidate and which party is better able to take “our great nation” forward and actually change some of this crap. You know what the answer to that “which is better” question is? Neither! Neither! They both suck beyond belief and neither changes jack shit.

The system is so broken that the candidates it spits out of the primaries are so reprehensible or so near death that it’s the choice between god-awful and god-awfuller, and you can easily flip-flop on which one is which. Then we allow ourselves to be convinced that there’s a good side to be on and when that side wins … we fucking celebrate! Are you kidding me?!?!?

People celebrated Donald Trump becoming the president of the United States when it was easily shown that he was a fool, egomaniac and highly dangerous. What? What!?! People celebrated Joe Biden becoming president of the United States at an age we know the solid majority of human beings are getting ready to die and have certainly started to lose their mental faculties.

These are the candidates our amazing democracy churned out as the best options to rule our nation … and we go along with it! Are you fucking kidding me?

So yes, this is a rant. It’s a rant that has gone from the church to law enforcement to HR departments and health insurance and government. The one thing they have in common is they are all institutions and none of them work. None care about me, and none care about you.

What’s my point? First, I don’t have to have a point to rant. Second, my point is this: Rely on yourself. Don’t be a dick. Love one another. And fuck the institutions.

If Mr. Rogers can do it, so can you.


In other news, a dude drove his Tesla off a cliff, sending it crashing into rocks 250 feet below with his family inside. Once again, I enjoy the fact that if it’s any other kind of car, we just say that the dude drove a car off a cliff, but if it’s a Tesla, it’s somehow separate and worthy of mention … like it’s Elon Musk’s fault because he was paying attention to Twitter and not that bend in the road.

Anyway, now the dude is charged with attempted murder because he allegedly drove the car, err, Tesla off the cliff on purpose. Not only did all four occupants of the car survive, all four were reportedly conscious when they were rescued. I have been in some awkward situations before. I don’t think anyone’s been in a situation quite that awkward.


The First Sermon of the No-Dick Church

What follows is an excerpt of the sermon delivered by Pastor Q.F. Conseco of the No-Dick Church on July 3, 2022, from his home outside Escandido, California. Good morning and welcome to the first-ever meeting of the newly created No-Dick Church of Hellhole Canyon, California. Verily, I welcome you and hope you are enjoying our…

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There are lots of things about living that make it great. I would put the love of another who truly sees you pretty high up there, next to the snuggles from a dog, good cigars, better bourbon, a quiet night with a book and the acceleration of a high-powered sports car (though not off a cliff).

One thing that is not on that list is thinking you had one more of a food item and learning that you have, in fact, already eaten it. I’m pretty sure there’s a Last Item Gnome that dives into the bag or box or container and eats the last one while you’re pondering just how great that last one is going to taste. And to that gnome, I wish upon you and your family a pox.


Today’s Reasons to Keep Living

  1. I live for the day all HR people are rounded up and shipped to Hoboken, New Jersey and then Hoboken, New Jersey is sawed off from the rest of “our great nation.”
  2. I should soon be able to dumb CenturyLink, which will, indeed, be a great day.
  3. Wifey Poo is pretty damn amazing.

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Welcome to Issue No. 9 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 johnagliata@gmail.com. No. 5: I pledged to finish something I am a writer. If I’m going to be a…

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Evolution — Oct. 17, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Monkey Crap 🐒BTY Day 👨‍👦Incomplete Stories 🖊️ If you’re of the belief that human beings evolved from apes, I’m not here to try to dissuade you. What I am here to say is that, if evolution is true, we sure have come a long way. I say this after a trip…

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Basement Water — Oct. 15, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Personal Growth 🌱Mad Mom 😠Oh, Jeffrey 🧠 About a year ago, Arti The Wonder Therapist waited patiently for me to finish yet another of my amazing monologues detailing just how I felt about the various situations I was attempting to address in my life at the time and then calmly asked…

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Death! Death! Death! — Oct. 14, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cue the Outrage 🔫Animal Extinction 🐆Eye Update 👀 Even back in the day when I considered myself a Republican (before the dark times … before the Trumpire), I never quite understood the death penalty. Perhaps it was because I looked around at the other nations that still killed people as punishment…

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Corneal Complications — Oct. 13, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hello Darkness, My Old Friend 👀COVID Costs 🦠Jackass Jones Verdict👩‍⚖️ I’ve spent much of this week so far in forced darkness. After I wrote on Monday morning, my right eye started to get blurry. Then it got real blurry. Then it became utterly useless. In this, I have reprised my role…

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Mattress Shopping — Oct. 10, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Awkward Shopping 🛏️Disingenuous Holiday 🗓️Help the Homeless 😔 If there’s a more awkward retail excursion than mattress shopping, I have yet to find it in my 48 years. Wifey Poo and I went to a high school gym to do exactly that on Sunday afternoon. The bed we’ve been sleeping in…

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So Long, Cards — Oct. 9, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Playoff Disappointment ⚾Oh, Britney 📲Friendship Failure 😔 In the span of just more than 24 hours, I went from the excited expectation of being in Busch Stadium to watch the hometown St. Louis Cardinals eliminate the Philadelphia Phillies and advance to the next round of the playoffs to watching those Phillies…

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Playoff Baseball — Oct. 6, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Baseball Gear-Grinders ⚾Sunrise Woes 🌄Heavy Pumpkins 🎃 There are a few baseball-related indignities in my home that, as the saying goes, grind my gears. The first is that there is a state championship trophy on the mantel above the fireplace in our Humble Country Home with a gold-plated baseball player, bat…

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There Will Be Blood — Oct. 5, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Wound Treatment 🧂Phillies Bring Doom ⚾Meetings Suck 👎🏽 Apparently, I’ll take medical advice from waitresses and allow myself to receive medical treatment from busboys. This, I learned last night. I have a tendency to get hurt in really interesting ways. When I tell you that I once got a concussion…

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Top 5 Things From The Past Week: 9/26-10/2

Welcome to Issue No. 8 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 johnagliata@gmail.com. No. 5: I held an epic car concert If you were anywhere in the vicinity of my…

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Place Your Bets — Oct. 3, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Football Picking God 🏈Fish Story 🐟Free Floating ☁️ A few months before Boy The Elder was born, I had about $100 set aside to buy Wifey Poo a gift that I intended to give her after she ushered our child into the world. It was the least I could do for,…

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Sliced Bread — Sept. 30, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩New Route Home 🏎️Confirmed Weirdness 🤪Here’s Your Sign 🤦 I took a new route home from the western part of Missourah yesterday after doing the whole open-house thing for work in St. Joseph. Rather than shoot down to I-70 and traverse the state on that familiar road, I went across Hwy.…

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Rental Tank — Sept. 29, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Woo-Woo vs. The Beast 🛻Dart Throwers 🎯My Job 📋 I am not used to driving a tank. My normal vehicle is Woo-Woo, AKA The Shitty Little Car, AKA a Nissan Versa. It’s practical. It gets great gas mileage. I hate it. Woo-Woo normally accelerates as quickly as a child asked to…

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LinkedIn — Sept. 26, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Unwitting Guinea Pigs 🐹False Bragging 🦹‍♂️Put Me In, Coach 🚀 My regular readers (hey, you three!) know that I have a hatred for social media’s influence on society with an intensity rivaled only by the heat of a thousand suns. The latest bit of “Are you fucking kidding me?” comes from…

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Top 5 Things From The Past Week: 9/9-9/25

Welcome to Issue No. 7 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 johnagliata@gmail.com. No. 5: I reached out to a friend I have not been shy about sharing that I’ve…

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iPhone Envy — Sept. 25, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩More Stupid Human Stuff 📱KC Trip ⚾Miserable Missourah 😠 Quick: Take a look around you. If you’re in a room with five other people, one of them thinks you’re financially struggling if you don’t have the latest iPhone. That’s according to a new survey following the release of the iPhone 14.…

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Human Babies — Sept. 23, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Loser Species 👶Email Win 📧Dad Pride 👨‍👦‍👦 I’m pretty sure I’m not normal. Normal people respond to that statement with, “Oh, John, nobody’s normal,” which is just a sign for us non-normies that the person we’re talking to is normal. Yesterday, I was waiting for Wifey Poo to pick me up…

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In It — Sept. 22, 2022

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Concert Thoughts 🧠Marriage 💍Drunk Idiots 🧉 There’s this scene in the 2004 movie Garden State in which Sam (Natalie Portman) looks at Andrew (Zach Braff) and notices … … And yeah, that resonated with me then and resonates with me now. Ever since then, being “in it” has become a thing…

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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 wake…

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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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