The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- PBS Tries Dumbing Down Content
During Pledge Drive
March 10, 2015 08:09AM
- Me and Rahm at the F**kin'
March 09, 2015 08:39PM
- Off-Duty Copy Jockeys Say
"Pimp My Xerox"
March 09, 2015 07:55AM
- The Ferret Racing Corrections
March 07, 2015 03:53PM
- Your Neighborly Advisor
March 07, 2015 10:36AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “So are you trying when
you're coherent, or when
March 09, 2015 04:01PM
- “I liked the movie very
much--did not realize it was
March 09, 2015 01:57PM
- “I'd like a '55
March 09, 2015 01:20PM
- “I thought Lee &
Grant broke up after a
disastrous gig at
the Sands in
March 08, 2015 02:59PM
- “You can always spot a
when they see the
March 08, 2015 01:58PM
Con Chapman's Links
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A Jensen Beach, Florida man found to have child pornography on his computer blamed his cats for jumping on his keyboard.
&nb… Read full post »
I park my car on the bridge but
before leaving for the train, I sit
and listen to the opening bars of
Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge.”
Something fluttering, as if
on the wing—a delicate thing—
it ascends from below,
from the baritone,
a virile voice among the reeds,
ARLINGTON, Virginia. Facing a stalemate in debt ceiling talks that has rattled the markets, Democratic and Republican legislators adjourned this afternoon for Laser Tag at the Fun Time Play Zone, an indoor arcade in this suburb of Washington, bringing smiles to many facing burn-out f… Read full post »
As it finally hit me that the United States had lost the Women's World Cup, I knew where I had to go; out into the streets of my neighborhood to console my girls--Courtney, Kirsten and Taylor--who I'd coached from Kinder Kick to Third Grade 3-on-3 until this year, when their parents had tak… Read full post »
Tommy had wanted to get Karen drunk for a long time, but she wouldn’t drink beer. She would drink a rum Coke or a screwdriver, but it was hard to get the ingredients for a mixed drink together with ice when you were just driving around. You had to be at… Read full post »
New editions of the Bible include several in the format of glossy magazines, sometimes called "Biblezines." News item.
KING SOLOMON & QUEEN OF SHEBA LOVE TRYST!
"He gave me all I desired--all I asked!"
When the Queen of Sheba flew into Jerusalem y… Read full post »
‘twas a Sunday morning, the first of May
A fine and fragrant playful day
I put on my bike shorts, prepared for a ride
Opened the garage door and went outside.
There I stepped down on what looked like a mouse
Bloody and lifeless outside of our house.
I took bag in hand and prepared… Read full post »
I was sitting in my office yesterday afternoon when a friend–whom I will refer to simply as “Mad Dog” because he likes to make an illegal sports bet from time to time–called.
“You’ve got to get down here,” he said, not even bothering with a “Hello.&rdq… Read full post »
A Spartan hockey mom, sending her son off to battle against the Framingham Mini-Mites B Sharks, handed him his goalie pads and said “Come off the ice with these, or on them.”
Another, when her daughter limp… Read full post »
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Floyd Curtin has been an air traffic controller at Mookie Wilson International Airport here for nearly twenty years, but he is more widely-known as "Rat Dog," the "screen name" he uses for his blog "Politics, Sports & B.S.," which he updates daily on blogsprout.c… Read full post »
NEW YORK. Kirstin Aylward has got everything going for her; a great job at a Madison Avenue advertising agency, a body she keeps in trim by running five miles a day, and looks that turn the heads on the older men where she works and on the street. There's only one… Read full post »
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana. Frederick "Buzz" Klemner, a tireless inventor of non-existent or improbable articles, died last night after a brief illness according to a spokesman at the Grovedale Assisted Living Facility. He was the holder of eighty-three patents, none of which brought him w… Read full post »
In the film The Third Man, Orson Welles plays Harry Lime, a black marketeer in post-World War II Vienna.
When he is confronted by his friend Holly Martins, Lime excuses his misdeeds with a speech that Welles himself contributed to Graham Greene'… Read full post »
Readers of a certain age—or more precisely, male readers of comic books of the sixties—may recall an advertisement that appeared regularly alongside come-ons for sea monkeys, correspondence courses in ventriloquism, and X-Ray Specs. It depicted a cool-looking guy, his hair slicked b… Read full post »
SKOKIE, Illinois. It's the time of the year when many teens are working on their tans or at minimum-wage jobs, but one group of adolescents can be found each night holed up in their local libraries, scribbling obscure facts on note cards. "What we do is football for smart kids," say… Read full post »
ST. LOUIS, Mo. As the American Philosophical Association's annual convention wound down after yesterday's plenary session, professors from around the country took time off from the presentation of academic papers to focus their analytical skills on less weighty&nb… Read full post »
The shadow of the red-tailed hawk
passed over the tuxedo cat
as we sat outside today,
watching for chipmunks.
I was startled, as was he.
The hawk had dropped down
from the tree in front of the
house. He may have had his
eye on a chipmunk… Read full post »
OYSTERVILLE, Mass. This exclusive enclave on Cape Cod does not spring readily to mind when tourists think of summer vacations, and the local Chamber of Commerce aims to keep it that way.
If you have to ask how much it costs per week, you can't afford it.
"Home prices are… Read full post »
There are fireflies at the tops of the trees tonight—
too high for any kid to catch
the way we used to do, in a Mason jar or
lacking one of those, a paper bag from
the downtown department store.
Your bag or jar would glow, and you
I knew a fellow, a perfect ass—
the guy was in my college class.
He started smoking a pipe
as soon as he got to campus;
the Chicken Kiev in the dining
hall made him balloon up
like a Panama Grampus.
He’d talk the most pretentious crap,
I got the bad news the other day.
After noticing numbness in my left hand and stiffness when I turned my head to the right, I went to my doctor who ordered an MRI from the neck up.
"I'm going to give you something to stop the voices in your head making the dumb… Read full post »
The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. News item.
BAILIFF: Oyez, oyez, oyez, whatever in the hell that means. All rise for the Honorable Mary Beth Coolidge, Bankruptcy Judge… Read full post »