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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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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.

What do you think? Read full post »


 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 »

APRIL 14, 2014 2:48PM

OPEN CALL: Open Calls Banned



A very disturbing trend is upon us. L in the Southeast has made mention of it elsewhere.

Maybe she didn't think it was disturbing.

That would be disturbing right there.

But there are just plain too many Open Calls.

Regular folk can't think that way. You have… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2014 12:18PM

Warren Buffett's Error




Warren Buffet made a $873,000,000 "mistake".


I forgot to pay the electric bill, the gas bill, the garbage and internet/phone/cable in January and February when we we're dealing with the loss of a family member and all the muck that rolls over that.

Oops.  Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2013 10:25AM

Say It Ain't So : Another Year



January 1, 2009

I knocked out a few lines and said hello for the first time here.


December 31, 2013.

Five years wrapping up. The sixth year beginning.


2014 is going to be very busy.

Lots of chan… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2013 12:17PM

A Bowl Of Cherries On Christmas


This town has a recycling program. They take away my old used stuff, grind it up somehow and then later on it's new stuff someplace else.

Each week they pick it up, already sorted into particular bins by type of debris; paper, glass, yard trimmings etc.

You put it by… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2013 12:11PM

Take Heed : Scale Down


Fog holds

Haunting  persists

Who will carry the torch?

It may not be who you think

it will be those

among you already

an answer

requires a question

to live its



Credit to Rising Appalachia

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013 11:59AM

Two Rifles, One Window


 Oswald  crouches at the window. The Mannlicher-Carcano is resting on the window sill.

The actual assassin is right behind him and poised to shoot over Oswald's shoulder as planned.

"Lee. This is it. When you hear the first shot, you shoot. They'll never be able to prove who shot. We… Read full post »


 Here's the differences in two years:
I'll be 62 tomorrow. I can get Social Security benefits if I want, but I'm not retiring so that means I'll have to check the math.
32 years married has become 34 years.
Tomorrow is a Friday not a Tuesday.
Otherwise the post below… Read full post »
AUGUST 21, 2013 1:06PM

The Pavement Ends



I'm back, but not for lack of trying to avoid it.

 Pavement ends

We've been at lakeside in a rustic cabin in a remote area. Not so remote that there were not other people but remote enough that my phone would barely work and I pretended to care but didn't. I… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2013 4:23PM

OS Almost Fires Editor



In an unprecedented move just moments ago it was decided that name calling, wild speculation, and foot stamping would become the new rule to govern all decisions and non-decisions whether they are made in haste or not even made at all at the fictional writer's site Open Salon.

It… Read full post »




Dad always liked this day. He was a WWII vet and he saw something else when he looked up in the evening sky.

Quite different than what I saw.


Mrs. and I grew up only a couple miles apart although we didn't know each other.

We figured… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2013 1:26PM

Happy Birthday Jimbo !




It ain't no use to sit and wonder why.

Just have a Happy Birthday and don't let anyone know you're aging like the rest of us Jimbo.

An obscure bit of history appears on the events calendar below on year



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