Dowell, Illinois, US
July 15
born in Illinois. 5 year Navy veteran. Married for 26 years (not counting the first five when we just cohabited. 4 kids, 6 grandkids, 3 brothers 2 living, 2 sisters 1 living, a mother living, a father not living. 1 dog a labradoodle, and a current cat population of 2/6 (If you count feral kittens ) I've done a lot of jobs in my life, from shill at a carnival burlesque show to making medium caliber ammunition. I built inkjet printers, embedded computer boards, restored and repaired both cars, motorcycles and electronics. I read, write, and do arithmetic (albeit poorly) My wife claims that I have more useless knowledge than anyone on earth and resultingly no one will play trivial pursuit with me anymore. I do play pinohcle but due to my inability to cheat I don't win very often. Recently disabled I turned to Open Salon to re-engage my writing bug. Update add one cocker spaniel to the list and maybe just shoot me.


Bobbot's Links

A penguin decided to drive to Florida to take a little vacation.  He got as far as Georgia when smoke and oil started to spray out of his hood.  He took the first exit and found a service station to look at his car.  The mechanic told him… Read full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2013 11:42AM

And Then There Was One

Scott Carpenter, second American to orbit the Earth died this week at the ripe old age of 88.  He didn't make a big splash in the space race of the sixties since he was removed from flight lists after a motorcycle crash injured his arm.  That didn't mean he… Read full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2013 11:08AM

Living in a Darkening World

My world is increasingly dark now.  I am shrouded by it more every day.  When the Sun shines I avoid the brightness to keep my darkness close.  
As this world is swallowed whole by shadow I wonder if I can change it.  Do I just sit back… Read full post »
OCTOBER 7, 2013 10:33AM

Dear John

Dear John,
 I know that it is difficult to remember how things used to be after such a long time in the vacuum of the Capitol building.  The ins and outs of how our government is supposed to work so in an effort to re-enlighten you to… Read full post »
OCTOBER 1, 2013 11:15AM

Wake Up Washington D.C.

Business as usual in Washington D.C. today.  Total failure to do the job they were elected to do.  It's pretty easy to shut down the government if you are being fed by corporate lobbyists.  Have we switched our way of making laws?  How can a political party decide to… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 7:29AM

Glow Worm

A velvet cloak draws down close

the night is a warm blanket that hides the frightening truth of dawn

hiding under the translucent glow of

early morning violet

I wait

and hope

and know the outcome of the the day  Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 11:33AM

The Dark Side

God I stink was the first thought of another sweltering day of trying to be alive.  I rolled to the edge of the worn grey sofa and tried to stand up without help.  As always the joints screamed bloody murder and I hung half on, and half off while… Read full post »
AUGUST 30, 2013 9:04PM

Swan Song

It's never a good idea to leave me alone to long.  I get maudlin, and seem to find nothing but sadness and tears.  If you've been a follower, you know that there are a few actually good pieces I've written here.  Try to remember them please.
AUGUST 26, 2013 10:49AM

Open Apology

There was a time when the right words would come.  That time sadly has passed.  When I wrote about Delbert Belton yesterday my intenet was not to discount anyones struggle with injustice.  I sought only to illustrate a point that unless we all come to grips with wrong done… Read full post »
AUGUST 25, 2013 1:00PM

Delbert Belton

88 year old Delbert Belton, survived the battle on Okinawa, he worked and raised a family for 33 years, he was a man who still carried the effects of the brutality he witnessed as he waited outside a Spokane Washington Eagles lodge for a friend on Wednesday August 23… Read full post »
AUGUST 10, 2013 12:44PM

Justice for Molly

                                                justice for molly
On March 24 2012 a young woman named Molly Marie Young was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head at the apar… Read full post »
AUGUST 6, 2013 2:57PM

Am I Rabbit/I am Rabbit

Updike's Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is to me a sort of mirror.  A reflection of many parts of me.  His fears, his regrets, the pain that no one person in his life seems to recognize.  The anguish of losses, his perpetual fear of having done the wrong things.  His stifled voice.

That… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2013 12:08PM


I would say that I am one of many who find holidays and birthdays the most depressing things in life.  I find them to be both overwhelming and depressing since the natal anniversary always seems to find me wallowing in self pity for the life I've wasted.

Don't get me wrong,… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2013 11:53AM

Dear Mom

Hi Mom,


This is something that I have to say while I can.  You are my hero, my friend, my rock in this world.  You always have been and always will be.  What ever I've learned about life is what I've gotten from you.  You taught me how to accept,… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2013 12:10PM

Time Passing

 I know I'm an infrequent poster these days and while I see many familiar names I don't know if any remember me.  That's cool, I can dig it.If you want to be well known you  have to play the game.  So what fame around here I used to have is gone.… Read full post »


My mom is a hero, she made it through a hard life, a big family, and number of disasters with her smile intact and her love for us all unimpacted.   She came from little, she married young and had six children.

We were all of us beholden to her… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2013 3:37PM

Jonathan Winters, 1925-2013

I hate getting old, my heroes evaporate like so much mist on the breeze.  We lost Jonathan Winters today.  Okay, he WAS 87 years old so it isn't like it was early, it is just that I have to accept the end of my own life as an eventuality as the… Read full post »

MARCH 25, 2013 11:00AM


Thick smoke and pulsing strobes combined with the thudding electronic beat of dance music wipe out any chance of comfort.  Combined with the hazy blue glow of a black light that highlights the tiny flourescent fibers in her costume.

Her steps timed to the beat she struts, in dangerously high pla… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2013 10:55AM

1914-2014 The More Things Change...

We make fun and laugh at the insanity of the bellicose and belligerent rhetoric of the little emperor of the North while he twaddles on about a rain of fire and nuking D.C.. Meanwhile the treaties which bind us to the South sit quietly in their folders, waiting patiently for the… Read full post »
MARCH 7, 2013 9:09AM

Alvin Lee Dead at 68

I was born in an age of giants.  Well, at least to us and in that time we saw them as giants.  Guitar hero is a term now mostly applied to a video game where people pretend to be those guitar gods of yore.  Men like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Rick… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2013 9:40AM

What a Failure

I suppose I'm famous for my whining and self pity so this shouldn't surprise or offend too many of you.  I am a failure.  I admit it, a complete and total waste of humanity.  I have never prospered or done anything significant in my whole useless life.  How do I know… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 10:35AM

Is this the Real Life?

I have been here writing about my world here for quite some time now.  I have also taken a few breaks from it so, I hope that one or two who may remember me will indulge this bit of prose.
I was declared disabled and unable to work some five… Read full post »
DECEMBER 5, 2012 9:58PM

Still Alive

Contrary to popla belief

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 10:58AM


He shoved those calloused hands in his pockets and  stared up at a mango sky.  Late Summer was so unpredictable, the high clouds that glowed in the sunset could be comforting or foreboding, who knew?  He pulled the worn T-shirt's tail up and used it to wipe the sweat… Read full post »
OCTOBER 24, 2012 10:23AM

I Scoop Trumps October Surprise

I have the scoop folks, the big secret is...................Obama makes Trump horny!