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Espresso Yourself

 By the time my wife and I arrived at Cracker Barrel, I was so ready for coffee that I took pictures of items that mentioned my morning drug. The sayings on the bookcase sign and coffee mug in the store … Continue reading

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Booyah or Nah?

Because of everything else that happened in December, I almost forgot that my car window came off its track on Christmas Day while I was in the DC area. The same thing had happened to the driver’s side window last … Continue reading

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Glove and Special Sauce

 During winter months, smartphone users can wear special gloves that work with their touchscreens. My wife and I saw a catalog ad for a product that turns any gloves into smartphone gloves. I joked that I should try putting Nanotips on … Continue reading

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Glimmer Swimmer

A Walmart store in Bristol, Virginia, has something I haven’t seen in years. They have live tropical fish in tanks that were similar to the displays at the variety stores I remember from childhood. My parents would shop at stores like Woolworth, Kresge, … Continue reading

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Sleeps with the Anchovies

A local funeral home mailed a postcard to my house. They’re having a pizza party to attract potential customers. The postcard got my attention but it also made me laugh when I started thinking about what pizzas and mortuaries have … Continue reading

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Only 184 Days Until Christmas

Metro Pulse reports that  J’s Mega Mart is going out of business for real this time. Rumors of their closing have been around for years. The news prompted me to look for the blog posts I wrote in 2008 and 2009 … Continue reading

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Meet Inspection

A friend who lives outside Knoxville sent an interesting challenge, although possibly in jest. She wrote that she wanted me to help her find a husband. If she lived in Knoxville, I could be more specific in my suggestions. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Designed to Cell

Cell phone towers were always considered to be eyesores. I wonder if that is still true. At some point will the ugly cell phone tower be seen as a beautiful beacon of connectivity? The more we rely on our smartphones for everything, the … Continue reading

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Ask Any Mermaid

On Fridays during Lent, Catholics become pesco-lacto-ovo-vegetarians. We can eat fish, cheese or eggs but not poultry, beef, pork, lamb or several other meats. I will often have a can of tuna and salad greens for lunch. My wife prefers … Continue reading

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The Case of the Busted Banana

This could be how Norman Bates feels in the morning, I thought to myself when I looked at the kitchen counter. The circumstantial evidence made me think I had attacked a banana in my sleep. During the night, I awoke … Continue reading

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Breadboard

The next Dinner with the Bone Doctor takes place one week from tonight at Echo Bistro & Wine Bar. I’ve had the pleasure of being the emcee for almost all the previous dinners and I will do so again next … Continue reading

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To Find New Worlds and New Civilizations

Halloween made me think of my childhood friend Brian Kirk. Last week, I wrote a blog post about going to church on All Saints Day. In it, I mentioned a house that had an elaborate set-up with talking jack-o-lanterns that … Continue reading

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Butcher Block

The opening of Face the Nation caught my attention as I was channel flipping on Sunday morning. I don’t usually watch the show but they teased an upcoming segment about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy that … Continue reading

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Handiwork

The instructions on the mirror were as plain as day: “Employees Must Wash Hands.” I waited and waited and waited. Finally I gave up and washed them myself.

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