A nickel's just a nickel

dime's just a dime, nickels make you happy in only half the time


Medium size city, West Coast, USA
August 30
A hundred odd jobs, some more odd than others. 30 years self employed in various building trades, sales etc. Lots of college, lifetime musician etc.


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DECEMBER 15, 2014 12:50PM

The Raccoons Were Outplayed Last Night

Chimes dangling from the limbs of one of the mature towering spruce trees that surround our property began clanging in the heavy winds near 2:30 a.m.The sound is beautiful but cannot be ignored.

Thirty feet from the large chimes raccoons sometimes walk across the top of the pergola, re… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2014 2:58PM

What If?

The man's life and work is what should be celebrated and remembered most.

It's natural to recall tragic events and special import is given to them on anniversaty dates. Today is not different in that regard, but this post is not about that day 34 years ago.

A remembrance… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2014 11:57AM

For Sale, Lease or Rent


I have decided to go against the grain.

I know advertising is disallowed on the site but it's the least I can do.


I have come across an overstock of capital letters, periods, commas and numerous other literary tools that could be shared here. I store them in my… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2014 10:39AM

Ophelia Is A Negro


A popular television show on ABC is entitled "What Would You Do?". Most readers  know that it is a series of situations, set out in public with some actors and other non-actors being captured like "Candid Camera" with their reactions to awkward social situations. An actor might be seen try…

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OCTOBER 21, 2014 10:24AM

Incoherence and Immediacy






One of the best writers, artist and musician to come by these parts in years, Jeff P. Howe, made a remark a few weeks back that has stayed with me.

He said it in a bit of fit and then clarified it later, but I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2014 10:10AM

Let's Be Frank


Everybody knows somebody who has to jump in.

Add their $.02.

Get it all out in the open.

"Let's be frank. Here's how I see it's going to have to be."

Then they find out it that it wasn't about them but it's too late. The argument elevates to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2014 12:15PM




Too much gets said about too little.

Here, there and everywhere.

From Wikipedia, we can read in part that:

"In 1972, William J. Samarin, a linguist from the University of Toronto, published a thorough assessment of ... glossolalia that became a classic work on its linguistic characteri

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OCTOBER 15, 2014 12:27PM

New Shoes


There was a guy very nearby who made his meager, way below the poverty line living, by holding up a cardboard sign which he had decorated cleverly in the brightest hues of Crayola he could find. He stood at the nearby off ramp and waited for hand-outs and little bits… Read full post »

 Note: The first two hyperlinks in this post take you to archival black and white videos. They are grainy and may be of extra interest to guitar players or fans of the instrument. If that doesn't fit a description of you, just stay there for maybe 20 seconds to get theRead full post »



The site is smaller. Very much so.

We watched it happen.

A certain slew of typists here have deigned themselves to be above the rest. They cruise posts to find those they don't like and leave venom filled comments. The comments are not inquisitive. They are meant to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2014 5:09PM

The PM Box


So what is the PM box really mean to be used for here on OS?

For cripe sakes...did I really just ask a meta question here after seeing this kind of thing bounce around for years ?!?!?!

I think people who enjoy each other's posts and comments might reasonably… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 2:34PM

The Descent Has Begun


Fire rages, consuming all in its path.

The cacophony of destruction deafens.

Snap, crackle, pop.



The scientists have wandered there before, notebooks and sketch pads in knapsacks. They sought to categorize , understand and control that which eluded them.… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2014 1:44PM

Returning from Under The Milky Way


It's difficult to do these days it seems, but I managed to be cyber disconnected for 8 days.

Deep in a mixed conifer forest far removed from the bustle of the ordinary day, we paused to breathe.

Mrs. told me of a headline she saw on her phone but I… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2014 9:45AM

Under the Milky Way



Just hours before our annual trek to high desert country.



Hundreds of miles from here

Under the Milky Way

The skies will dance as

Perseids skritch and scratch

their luminous spears across the visible universe

the lake will erupt

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AUGUST 5, 2014 12:26PM



When is the right word the wrong word?

I don't intend to be booted off anyone's post so I will ask here:

If the right word is used at the wrong time can it still be the right word?

Can a side discussion of the definition of homonyms vs. homophones… Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2014 12:39PM

The End is Nigh


The cover looks good at least.

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 This is the fifth and final year in a row I have posted this here on OS. Those who have seen it before seemed to have enjoyed it. I do because it reflects on a quality I hoped he passed on to me that few knew he had at his core; an ability… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2014 1:02PM



Yesterday the first questions were " Anybody know why the freeway is all backed up? There are sirens everywhere. What's going on?"


 What followed was one of the weekly, maybe it's more often than that reports of a gun toting person, entering a public place, in this case a… Read full post »


I really don't know who Maureen Dowd is. Well, sort of, because I've seen the name. But I haven't any idea what her op-ed opinions are like in the NY Times. The NY times is not high on my must read list.

 But I saw somewhere today that this semi-famous columnist had… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2014 10:02AM

Rally for the Philosopher


It's time to send out a bit of a cheer for The Philosopher of OS.

You know who I mean.

Insert Dylan quote here:

In italics.



 Twists and turns. Surprise happenings. He'll be fine but let him know.

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MAY 11, 2014 11:05AM

Giving Mom A Lesson


Flipping through the mom posts this am I decided to look at a few photos of mom on my computer. I found one I liked.

She always wanted me to play steel guitar but it wasn't until around '04 that I moved away from bottleneck style to playing lap steel. This photo… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2014 12:31PM

I Meant To Call



This is probably the last time I'll post this. I have a note or two from each year before it gets to the original. Some have told me they like to read it again.

I missed going to the art festival at the coast last weekend and swinging by

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Much debate seems to be raging in the last few days, maybe it was weeks, maybe it was years on the proper use of the "Delete" button here on OS.

I say it is not used often enough and if so it should be used willy-nilly without explanation. If a… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2014 9:40AM

The Compatibility of Dogs and Kats



Last week someone asked if I knew the Latin nomenclature of a favorite tree in their backyard. It's a Handkerchief Tree. I did. Those names have stayed in my head since 30+ years ago when I learned them. It caused me to think of this post and since it… Read full post »

APRIL 23, 2014 12:20PM



I just finished my poached egg on toast setting at the table where grandma taught me to play gin rummy, and washed it down with a big glug of orange juice.

Although it is pouring down rain it seems like it could be a good day. All the holidays have… Read full post »