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And I thought I was too old to be a pirate

And I thought I was too old to be a pirate

One of the most beloved Jimmy Buffett songs is a reflective, anguished ballad from the early 1970s that has nothing to do with cheeseburgers in paradise, volcanoes or margaritas — although a little bit of rum may be involved. “A Pirate Looks at Forty” is about an aging sailor who is fading into the sunset and realizing that he’s found his perfect occupation … “two hundred years too late.” Having become a writer about the time most folks decided to quit reading, I kinda know how the guy feels. Maybe that’s why it’s one of my go-to songs when I […]

TRAVELOGUE: Dear Utah, sorry for all the jokes

TRAVELOGUE: Dear Utah, sorry for all the jokes

Visiting Ensign Peak, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City and the surrounding valley (Note: Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the end of this post. Heck, no one reads anymore, so go ahead and check it out now if you want.) I know this is going to surprise a lot of folks, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. Yes, I know a lot of folks who I would say “yes” if anyone asked if they were a friend of mine. And, thanks to having worked in the newspaper business and then with an international nonprofit, […]

Wishing you and yours — but mostly me — a Happy Beachgiving!

Wishing you and yours — but mostly me — a Happy Beachgiving!

On the list of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has never been all that high on my personal list. It’s nowhere near the top with New Year’s, Christmas and Halloween. It’s much more toward the middle, just ahead of Monkey Day (December 14) and just behind No Pants Day (officially the first Friday in May, although it can be unofficially celebrated any Friday by some telecommuters — or so I’m told. Not that I would know myself, you know. I mean, that’s just crazy. Right?) Sure, I remember Thanksgivings of the past that were rather enjoyable. It was when I was […]

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. […]

Don’t lock yourself in the Parler

Don’t lock yourself in the Parler

(Photo: Me outside the Parler world headquarters, a gift shop on Saint Simons Island. OK, maybe this isn’t the Parler headquarters, but I bet the proprietor loves Parler almost as much as he hates liberals.) Like a lot of my conservative friends, I now have an account on Parler — the conservative, wild west social media alternative to Facebook and Twitter, where facts are never checked, conspiracy theories are welcome and their version of a “retweet” is called an “echo,” which is fitting because it is definitely an echo chamber. Of course, you’re going to be mighty bored following my […]

I ain’t no strangled conformist

I ain’t no strangled conformist

More than once I’ve voiced my opposition to ties. They serve no purpose other than lightly strangling conformists — or severely strangling them in the case of folks like CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist (pictured above), who had to retire from calling SEC football games and the NCAA Tournament due to a lack of oxygen getting to his brain. Next week’s column mentions my war against the tie. It’s a war I feel like I’m winning until somebody dies and I have to wear one to a funeral, generally giving my face the same color as the deceased. Otherwise, my […]