Monthly Archives: November 2010

Zombie Keeping

Yee-Haw Industries has been on the zombie bandwagon for a while. I saw their “Danger Zombies Run” t-shirts at a few events, including the International Biscuit Festival this past summer. Recently I spotted a cardboard sign with the slogan in … Continue reading

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Scanned in Avia

The Southwest Airlines greeter must have thought our son was an unaccompanied minor. She suggested that my wife and I should get gate passes. I briefly imagined myself going through the TSA body scanner but was soon told that Frank … Continue reading

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Veni-vidi-vici-son

Traffic was bad in several places on I-40 as my wife and I took our son to Nashville International Airport on Sunday. We made it there and halfway back to Knoxville before we got stuck in bumper-to-bumper delays. After the … Continue reading

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Mall-elujah!

Which Hallelujah Chorus flash mob is better, Philadelphia or Niagara Falls? Videos of both have gone viral and are probably posted somewhere on your Facebook newsfeed. My wife likes the performance by the Opera Company of Philadelphia at the old … Continue reading

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Sign of the Carb

When she hosted Thanksgiving dinners at our house, my mother would put chestnuts in the stuffing and a couple of strips of bacon atop the turkey. My wife’s mother used ground beef and raisins in her stuffing recipe. My wife … Continue reading

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For the Winokur

CBS discovered some exciting new technology called “high definition” for their broadcast of the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes, 2010. NBC has been showing the parade in high-def since at least 2007. The HD picture lets me see details … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Mania

A friend from Canada asked me to explain the Fantasy of Trees to her. She and her date had approached me as I looked at the gingerbread houses. Volunteers decorate and donate the trees, which are sold to benefit East … Continue reading

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For What It’s Farnsworth

One of the few problems with newer flat-screen televisions is finding a place to put them. Unless you have it professionally installed, like I did, the wires can be unsightly. In the olden days, the TV screen was encased in … Continue reading

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Wattle You Have?

There are items besides baked goods for sale at the Harvest of Blessings at All Saints Church. However it’s the cakes, cookies and other sweets that interest me. I had a commitment to attend a special Mass at 6:00 p.m. … Continue reading

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Kaboom? Kabust!

If all goes according to plan, I will visit Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota next summer. They are the final four states in my quest to visit all 50. My wife and I have been discussing routes and … Continue reading

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The Youth of Old Age

Patricia Robledo invited me to her husband’s birthday party when I saw her at a charity event last month. I almost ruined the surprise… twice. On Saturday, I saw Amy Leigh Hubbard on Market Square. As I said goodbye, I … Continue reading

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Been a Year, It Doesn’t Surprise Me

Once again, “Last Christmas” is the song that is stuck in my head. This time it is a cover version recorded by The Puppini Sisters that I can’t stop hearing. Last year, it was “Last Christmas” by the cast of … Continue reading

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Black Hills to Broadway

Many newspapers around the country ran similar versions of the same basic story this week: “Local band/musician/student will perform in the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The big event is only a week away. The articles also promise seven … Continue reading

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Taz Mania

Taz Cable booked three of us from Einstein Simplified to be on Tuesday’s “Bowl of Oh!” When he got sick, I got a message from his creative director and lead writer, Sarah Herron. She said that they may have to … Continue reading

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