Del Stone

Del Stone
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, U.S.
November 25
I am a journalist and the author of many works of fiction published professionally in the United States and abroad.

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Dear Best Buy:

 Guess what? I'm on vacation this week! Yay, me! No, I'm not going anywhere. It's a staycation. I plan to get done all the things I can't get done during a regular work week. For instance, tomorrow I go in for an eye exam. Wednesday it's a teeth-cleaning.… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2013 7:49PM

From done well to good enough

Recently the Chicago Sun Times fired its entire staff of full- and part-time photographers.

Management explained the decision this way:

“Our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our… Read full post »

Sorry,  but I'm out of here. Just tried to access some movie reviews my friend Mladen and I wrote and they're not available. I have no patience with this. Hope to see you guys somewhere else. Read full post »


This video has been floating around the Internet recently. Take a moment to watch it, then get back me.

There. Did you watch it? He makes a convincing argument, right?

His points - and there are two - are that (a) media coverage provides a tipping point for borderline sociopaths…

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One more post about Chick-fil-A and then I'll let it go, as everybody seems to be sick of it.

I recognize the leaders of CFA have a right to say what they think. It's a free country, and their right to speak their minds - even if I disagree with them -… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2012 10:58AM

My one and only trip to Comicon

In the summer of 1994 I participated in the San Diego Comicon as a guest. It was to be my first and last visit.

My credentials hardly qualified me as a "guest." I went there largely on the coattails of cover artist Dave Dorman and his then-wife, Lurene Haines. I'd known… Read full post »


Recently USA Today posted a story that, to skip to the high points, indicated more people were getting their news from social media sites like twitter and Facebook than they were from traditional news outlets.

You can read the report here.

I read this stuff and I don't laugh,… Read full post »


On Friday, March 16, I was shopping at a Target store in Destin, Fla. I was looking for a shower clock, and I wanted to see if Target still carried computers. My beloved desktop tower had developed a nasty habit of not wanting to boot up. As it was six… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 8:56PM

My 12-step program for driving in 2012

1. If you're behind me and don't think I'm driving fast enough, don't tailgate me. I'll likely slow down. I got a speeding ticket seven years ago and another ticket for running a stop sign in August 2011. Unless you're paying the fines and my jacked-up insurance, keep a couple of car length… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 10:24PM

Hello to my new master, the Nook tablet

My birthday is Nov. 25 in case you're wanting to send me money or a BMW (message me for the PayPal addy), but my sister was down from the Land of Strip Shopping Centers (Ohio) over the weekend and wanted me and the momster to have lunch with her at that… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 5:51PM

Penn State fired the wrong guy

I confess: I have no love of Penn State football.

I've always thought the Nittany Lions were overrated, and the cult of personality surrounding coach Joe Paterno annoyed me. Another coach achieved a superior record - John Gagliardi. Eddie Robinson, Bobby Bowden and "Bear" Bryant came close… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2011 1:09PM

My first house

I've worked at the same newspaper since graduating from college, which makes me a weird throwback to the disposable employment culture of the 2000s. For two of those decades I wrote a column - at first a lame attempt to co-opt Dave Barry's niche, and then, when I became angry, an… Read full post »

Good news! The family of a Texas man killed in the crash of a vintage airplane at a Reno air show earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the pilot’s family, a mechanic, and the organization that hosted the event, which means even acts of God are actionable.

That’s one… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2011 6:52PM

A review of 'The Thing'

“The Thing” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. From Morgan Creek Productions and Strike Entertainment. 103 minutes. Rated R.

I sat down to watch “The Thing” with a degree of hope and not a few questions:

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I've been dreading this day for three weeks and it's finally behind me.

Had my first colonoscopy this morning and the doctor says I'm fine. He removed one small - I believe he called it "inconsequential" - polyp which he doesn't expect… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2011 4:48PM

Is rage the new black?

This really happened. Let me lay out the scenario for you.

I was on the eastern part of Yacht Club Drive heading west toward Eglin Parkway. I approached the intersection of Yacht Club and Eglin and entered the right-turn lane. Immediately to my right is a convenience store. To my left… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2011 8:07PM

My flight aboard a B-24

Monday's crash of the Liberty Belle, a restored World War II-era B-17 bomber that landed in a field outside Chicago and caught fire, brought back memories of a flight I experienced over 10 years ago in a similarly restored airplane.

One perk of working for a newspaper is you sometimes get… Read full post »

MARCH 28, 2011 9:59PM

Taking care of Grandmom at age 16

Have you ever spent time in a fish camp?

During my early teens Mom and Dad dragged us to one interminably revolting fish camp after another, where we passed the time tabulating the construction materials used to build the shacks (would you believe a kitchen table as part of the roof, chippe… Read full post »

Did Rush Limbaugh mock Japanese earthquake refugees?

Yes, according to the Huffington Post, which aired a video clip of his call-in show. Click here to watch the clip yourself.

I'm no fan of Rush Limbaugh. He's a pompous, self-absorbed jerk who bends reality to fit his skewed take on the world.… Read full post »

Many, many years ago, when I was young and not particularly sensitive to the different flavors of humanity, I was commissioned to write a series of columns for a college website.  My mission was to infuse said columns with as much ribald, anti-PC humor I could muster. What resulted was… Read full post »

“Battle: Los Angeles” directed by Jonathan Liebesman; starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan. From Columbia Pictures. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Mladen’s take:

Del and I exited the movie theater wondering why the flip no one in the American film industry can pro… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2011 1:42PM

Ha! I have a new profile photo

I have a new profile photo. It was taken by one of the photographers at work, Nick Tomecek. Even his professional skills couldn't improve my looks!

 I'm horrified at how fat and round my face is. My eyes seem to be disappearing into a pudgy mound of facial fat. My skin… Read full post »

“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.”

With that, Ricky Gervais kicked off the 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards show.

I tuned in to the Golden Globes telecast Sunday night partly to see how “The Social Network&rdquo… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2010 9:09PM

Did Facebook kill the Christmas card?

I love traditions.

As I grow older I find myself reconnecting with the traditions of my youth. Traditions are my way of holding the chasm of age at bay. Hell, I might even go trick-or-treating next Halloween.

This year I decided to go all-out with Christmas cards. I'd been cutting back the… Read full post »

The e-mail was from my friend Denise. She wanted a copy of a manuscript her husband and I had worked on 15 years ago. She planned to upload it to a new website and make us both some money.

I wasn't sure I still had it. Oh, the print version, of… Read full post »