Category Archives: Life Is Weird

Batting 1.000

In the photo, I’m standing in front of a large tree. I’m bent over, in the classic baseball-card shortstop stance, head up, mitt down. My uniform is a glistening white — I never did anything in that uniform that could possibly make it … Continue reading

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Spam Can Be Fun

It’s come down to a choice. I can block my blog from appearing on search engines and have no readers (except for the few of you who stop by once in a while because you like me and feel obligated). Or, I … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sure Closing is the Right Name For It

At least three friends of mine are currently working their way through the process of purchasing their first homes. They’re very excited as they approach the day of “The Closing.” I feel that somebody should warn them about this day, and I’ve … Continue reading

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With a Song in My Heart

One week ago, as I was driving through Fox River Grove in an Oldsmobile with Dan, a man I had only met a few minutes before, I contemplated how odd life often is. The short trip was a small chapter … Continue reading

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I’m going to do all I can to help you today sir

A few weeks ago, the receiver for our satellite dish went out. We called and were sent a new receiver next-day air. I followed the instructions, but couldn’t get it working. I called tech support and talked with a woman … Continue reading

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My New Hobby is Worrying

According to most books of names, Roger means “warrior. I think that’s a misprint. It should be “worrier.” I didn’t use to be like this, but the past five years have been rough — a constant barrage of problems large … Continue reading

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Conversation Starters

I do not have a talent for making small talk. In situations where small talk is called for, I am uncomfortable, particularly with people I don’t know well. Once I get beyond “Hi,” and “How are you?,” I generally resort … Continue reading

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Workin’ at the Car Wash — Part Two

Many of the employees at the car wash spoke Spanish. Russ, my boss, didn’t. He got around this difficulty by yelling at the top of his voice and leaving out a lot of words. He’d hand a towel to one of … Continue reading

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