Month: February 2021

Valentine’s Day gift is worth the weight

Valentine’s Day gift is worth the weight

A couple of weeks ago, I set out to find my wife something unique for Valentine’s Day. As the years go on, we get less and less interested in “stuff” and more interested in new experiences and making memories. I did get a few tiny “stuffs,” but the big gift wasn’t tiny at all. In fact, it was really big — about 10 feet long and more than 900 pounds. It’s a manatee. Yes, my wife is now the proud (at least I think she’s proud) adoptive mother of Margarito. I met Margarito, virtually, while researching Save the Manatee — […]

Rush-ed into the age of perpetual punditry and willfully ignorant bubble-thinking

Rush-ed into the age of perpetual punditry and willfully ignorant bubble-thinking

Whether you loved, hated or were completely indifferent about right-wing radio giant Rush Limbaugh, there is no denying he substantially impacted the media and political landscape of this country. And not in a positive way. Before you say, “I bet you never listened to his show,” save your money. I’m a multi-viewpoint consumer. There are about two of us left in America — me and some lady named Gladys from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, I think. Limbaugh said racist things — on multiple occasions. He mocked people with disabilities and AIDS. He convinced the wealthy that the poor had it […]

Caution: Old man rant about today’s music ahead

Caution: Old man rant about today’s music ahead

(Photo: The corner of my writing room — no guitar smashing allowed.) When I browse Sirius XM satellite radio, I keep finding myself on channels like 70 on 7, 80s on 8, The Beatles Channel, Classic Rewind, Willie’s Roadhouse, Soul Town and similar stations that play music from when I was younger — a vague period of about half a century — and the music before I was even me. Sometimes I chill out with some jazz, listen to sports talk, catch a little bit of what passes for national broadcast news these days — or say the heck with […]

Clearly, bling ain’t my thing

Clearly, bling ain’t my thing

A few months ago, I began to have a little trouble with my ring finger. Fortunately, I don’t use that finger a lot, so it wasn’t too much of a hindrance to my daily activities. It’s not like it’s a thumb, which is an extremely important digit because it allows me to decline calls on my phone, play “Donkey Kong” on my Atari 2600 and rate movies I see. Most of the time, my thumb points downward. I’m picky. The index finger also is important because it allows me to point at crazy people, which means my index finger is […]

TRAVELOGUE: Chillin’ with manatees in Wakulla Springs, Florida

TRAVELOGUE: Chillin’ with manatees in Wakulla Springs, Florida

When we get a three-day weekend, my wife and I like to get away — a little bit away, that is. We don’t want to spend half the weekend driving, but we want to get far enough away to feel like a real getaway. As much as we like staying home, you’ve got to have a little balance. While pondering what to do for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend last month, we wanted to experience something different. Georgia’s Golden Isles are our regular go-to destination, but we had just been there around the Veterans Day holiday in November. […]

If you’re gonna hunt, go Big — as in Foot

If you’re gonna hunt, go Big — as in Foot

Many folks where I grew up are passionate about hunting. It just never quite took hold with me. I grew up doing some hunting and a good bit of fishing, and I did an awful lot of shooting. All of my shooting was in self-defense, of course, as I was attacked by a lot of bottles, cans and road signs out in the country. You city folks don’t know how dangerous little road signs are because you’re so used to those docile giant signs along the interstate. By the time I was 13, I was mostly done with hunting. I […]