To say that I overate today would be the most honest statement I've made all this week. The worst thing I did was polishing off an entire bag of potato chips and a whole container of onion dip. Burp Because of this, and knowing the wrath I would incur once my wife found out, I … Continue reading Gaslit
It's a story you cannot share with my wife. She already worries about me when I'm out after dark and in Virginia City. Because we had a massive number of 'legal publishings' inside our newspapers, I was at the shop until about 11 p.m. Once finished, I began loading the boxes full of print into … Continue reading Out of F Street
My Cousin Elmo says, "My old age is gonna be rough. I spent ten minutes chasing a house fly with the swatter only to realize it was an eye floater."
My son and I were sitting outside on my front porch, enjoying the warming weather and a beer. We like to do this because, well -- we like to. We watched a semi-truck as it drove by, dragging a flatbed of rolled-up sod. "That's the first one I've seen this season," I announced. My comment … Continue reading Sodded
"I swear," my wife said. "He's the busiest man in media." She was talking to her sister or perhaps a friend. My heart swelled with pride that she found my work ethic worthy of a brag. I was in bed, half-asleep, knowing 3 a.m. would come too soon. "Oh, he's not only a newspaper reporter, … Continue reading Busiest Man in Media
Running two days late because of more printer issues, I finally delivered the week's news throughout the two counties of Lyon and Storey. On this occasion, I took the Missus, who is not used to being in the passenger seat. She is also not a fan of my driving, which depending upon her mood, can … Continue reading Double Parked
Acrylic, 11 x 14 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "Due to inflation, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off."
It is amazing what sleep can do for the brain and a person's attitude. While I'll admit that I am too lazy to get up out of my comfy studio chair to walk across the hall to get another cup of coffee, at least I can laugh at my silliness this morning. Sleep came quickly … Continue reading TGIF and I Mean IT!
So tired, I completely blanked out what day and date today was. That is not a good thing for a person trying to live a scheduled lifestyle because of their many facets of employment. I had to check three sources before I was sure it was Thursday, the 21st. Then I had to go back … Continue reading Early to Bed
Oy Vey! As if I needed one more thing added to my plate. Yesterday afternoon, I drove up to Virginia City because I had some work to finish at the print shop. I didn't notice anything wrong with my truck other than the "check engine" light lit up again. By the time I completed my … Continue reading Ride Share
With my new schedule taking full effect, I have found myself on the short end of the blogging spectrum. It is here where micro-blogging comes in -- if I can remember it. Having an air shift in the smaller hours of the morning has left me very tired. I knew it would affect me, but … Continue reading Practicing?
It's the day after Easter, and I'm finally finding time to sit down and chat with Buddy, our dog. He has been eager to tell me something since yesterday morning. "So what's going on?" I ask him as he curled up next to me on the bed. "I talked to the Easter Bunny yesterday as … Continue reading Catch a Rabbit by Its Tail
My dear friend, Alexia Sober ascribes to the saying, "You have one mouth but two ears." So do I, but I call it the "Louis L'Amour method." In his autobiography, L'Amour said he'd often go into a saloon or cafe and simply sit and listen to the "old timers" as they told their life histories. … Continue reading The Duke of the Bluestone
There must have been something in the air as I lost my coffee cup full of coffee only to find it a short time later in my left hand. About an hour and a half later, a neighbor knocked at the front door. She had in her hands a flier of her Calico cat named … Continue reading Flier
Watercolor and ink, sketchbook
My Cousin Elmo says, "Due to inflation and the rising cost of food, the five-second rule has been extended to ten."
My Cousin Elmos says, "It's a shame that my body cracks like a glow stick but refuses to shine."
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 1/2
While visiting the Grass Roots book store, not only did I buy some great books, including a 188-year-old bible, but I met two people with whom I began talking. After a few minutes, Bill said, "You've lived quite the life." Zoe had walked away by then. I don't think either one of them believed my … Continue reading Black and White and Red On Top
With Biden's poor approval ratings, and high inflation a top concern for voters, Republicans will take control of the Senate. The GOP also has the advantage because the midterm elections are lower-turnout events and the GOP base is more fired up after the 2020 elections. While the Senate is subject to less dramatic shifts, the … Continue reading A Couple of Points on the Coming Elections
One morning at about six, my bedside clock/radio rudely awakened me. I had it set to one of my favorite radio stations, KFMI, which at that time broadcasted out Arcata, Calif. I was doing a part-time gig at its AM sister station, KATA. When the radio came to life, the punk rock band The Clash … Continue reading Big G, Little O
This day certainly got away from me as I spent all of my time before the computer screen and keyboard, banging out news articles for the papers. I've been so focused that four, and maybe a fifth time, I warmed up the same cup of coffee. It sits there still, a full cup, on the … Continue reading Try, Try Again
My Cousin Elmo says, "Never fight a dinosaur, you'll jus' get Jurasskicked."
Pranking has been a long-standing tradition on the Comstock. Sagebrush writers Dan De Quille and Mark Twain perfected the art of pulling someone's leg, writing what are called 'quaints." But a prank that runs for six weeks? I had never been the victim of such a long-running leg pull in all my living life. Here's … Continue reading Pun Intended
It was a few minutes ahead of noon when I stepped out of the printing office onto our boardwalk to be confronted by a disgruntled neighbor. He was all hissed off, complaining how I woke him up. I gave him the respect he demanded by stopping in my tracks and paying close attention to his … Continue reading Disgruntled
It may only be an urban legend that a US servicemember working with a powerful military antenna array in Alaska turned to dust after walking in front of an active radar dish and his Zippo lighter was all that survived the ordeal. Real or not, thank goodness, the lesson I learned yesterday, that the wand … Continue reading Dust
In the 1990 movie "Quigley Down Under," there is a scene where Matthew Quigley, played by Tom Selleck, and "Crazy" Cora, played by Laura San Giacomo, get dumped from a buckboard wagon and left for dead. "I wish people would quit hitting me on the head," Quigley says. "Don't worry," says Cora. "On a new … Continue reading Cold Call
Stopping in to visit a minute or two with my friend Liza McIlwee at the Virginia City Tourism Commission, I saw that she was busy, so I took a seat to wait my turn. Soon, a grandfather and grandson came through the door. While Grandpa gathered information about mine tours, Grandson inspected the free-standing building … Continue reading The Photo Booth
Because I deliver the newspapers, the same ones I write for, I get up Friday mornings and immediately turn on the coffee maker that my wife sets up for me the night before. She's nice like that. Then I head for the shower. By the time I get my shoes on, the coffee has finished … Continue reading The Fool
"I spent a year there, one day," means you've been in a place you didn't enjoy for far too long. That is how it seems to me, feeling like it has been forever since I last posted and realizing it has only been 11 days. My computer crashed on Mon., Mar. 21, showing me the … Continue reading I Spent a Year There, One Day