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What Your Boss Can Learn From Bruce Springsteen


Had a chance to see Bruce Springsteen last weekend in Virginia Beach. It inspired me to update my post about what The Boss knows that a lot of bosses don’t.
You can find it over at Long Awkward Pause

Originally posted on Long Awkward Pause:

Last weekend I was on a road trip with my son. We went to Virginia Beach to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This was somewhere around my eleventy-seventh Bruce show since the 1980′s; it was my son’s first.
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This trip was something we’ve talked about for a long time. One of the things I promised when we were talking about doing this was that we would end up right where we were, standing right in front of the stage with no one between us and the band. I had no business promising that because I had no way of knowing I could make that dream come true.

Sometimes things work out the way they should.  We stood and watched the show from the barricade in front of the stage and were often inches from Bruce and the band. But this isn’t about father/son road trips…

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Probably The Last Thing I’ll Say About It

I don’t do many current events related posts, but I’ve found myself writing more than I expected about the plane that’s missing over in the Pacific. I suppose that writing about how offensive I find the television media coverage probably glorifies it in the end, but writing is all I’ve got to swing at it with.

So I wrote about it twice. On the second post, Katie made a comment referring to the children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Many of you know Katie from her site Sass and Balderdash; she’s also recently joined us at a humor site I’ve been a part of for a while, Long Awkward Pause.

Katie tossed out her children’s book reference with no way of knowing that it was a favorite of my son’s, way back when. I threw together a few lines, then shot her an email and we collaborated on a re-write of Goodnight Moon that hits at the media circus that surrounding the lost flight. Click here to give it a look on Long Awkward Pause.

Probably the last thing I’ll say about it until I go to the gym, watch the news and get pissed off again.

St. Patrick’s Day In Malaysia


Today my writing is over on the Long Awkward Pause site. Come on over for a story ripped from today’s headlines…last week’s headlines too.

Originally posted on Long Awkward Pause:

Today is March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. St. Pat’s is a holiday celebrated all over the world, even Malaysia.

(image by bkkbrad CCby 2.5)

St. Patrick is famed for, among other things, driving all the snakes out of Ireland.  The snake removal work of the patron saint of Ireland is partly responsible for the fact that over two hundred thousand people are employed by the Irish tourism industry. Scenery, a friendly populace and historic sites are probably also a little responsible for the popularity of Ireland with vacationers. But St. Patrick had the vision to see that snake covered scenery is popular with a very limited segment of vacationers.

Folks of Irish extraction celebrate St. Pat’s big day, but they aren’t the only ones. So do people who wish they were Irish, and snake haters around the world. While the annual Malaysian celebrations are set up by Irish…

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Three Years Later

Three years ago today was a Friday. I’d slipped out-of-town for an over night visit with my son. By the time I arrived, Fred had passed away back home.

Despite a heroic effort to contact me, I didn’t know we’d lost him until I read the news the next morning. I remember staring a lot that day. There were other things, but mostly there was staring.

That Saturday night, back home in bed, I was still staring. I published what I felt that night, and then went to work at 4:30 a.m. Sunday on no sleep. I wasn’t the only one sleepless and staring.

The staring returned this morning. I’m angry about the accident that cost his life months before he was to retire. I’m hurt for his family as they move on without him. I’m disappointed that I can’t call him to laugh about some of the stories we lived through and compare notes on how much being retired from The Job doesn’t suck. Read the rest of this entry »

Judy Cox Makes Offensive T-Shirts Cool


I am over at The Nudge Wink Report with a discussion of that busy body in Utah, and the losers who would wear those shirts.

Originally posted on The Nudge Wink Report:

This week a Utah woman, Judy Cox, found herself offended by some t-shirts she saw for sale at the mall. By now you’ve surely heard that Ms. Cox purchased every one of the offensive shirts her local Pac-Sun store had in stock – $567 worth.

Sometimes The Best Thing To Be Is Quiet

Judy, Judy, Judy. What were you thinking? (KTVX)

The shirts, while not exactly pornographic, do tend to objectify women – and that’s never cool. And with the direction I’m going to take, I want to make this clear – the type of person who would wear a shirt like this is also never cool.

But poor, passionate Ms. Cox set back her cause and her checking account* with her decision. How many of us were aware of these shirts before Ms. Cox bought them and began her media blitz? I’d never even heard of Pac-Sun. While Ms…

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Why Was The Flappy Bird Game Taken Down?


I’ve got a post up at Long Awkward Pause today that essentially says that well intentioned and fool are not mutually exclusive terms. Come on over and read.

Originally posted on Long Awkward Pause:

The  smart phone game called Flappy Bird was not really on the radar for us here at Long Awkward Pause until we started seeing news that it was no longer available. Initially it vanished from iTunes and Google Play by its developer without any notice or explanation.

$50,000 a day, and he scrapped it (image via pcmag.com)

Today, a breathless and not very flappy world finally heard from the game’s creator, Dong Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen took the most popular game available for iPhone and Android devices off the market because he felt guilty. Surprisingly, it seemed to have nothing to do with guilt associated with a first name that sounds like, well, the sound of a large bell.

Dong Nguyen stopped selling Flappy Bird games because he felt guilty that the game was addicting. Dong told Forbes Magazine that “…it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has…

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I’m over at Long Awkward Pause Today

I wrote for today, but I put it over on one of the other sites I’m a part of – Long Awkward Pause. You should head over there. Really. I’m watching to see if you do.

Today’s post is a little out of the ordinary for me. It’s on a topic that has more political and religious facets, which I’ve generally avoided in the piece. Click on over for my take on people who claim virgin birth.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Long Awkward Pause while you’re there. That place is like a big warehouse full of funny people, and me.

Yeah, So Another Turkey Or Two Lived


I made more new words on my other, other blog – The Nudge and Wink Report. Did you know that nudge and nude are very similarly spelled?

Originally posted on The Nudge Wink Report:

This week, President Obama pardoned a turkey.

Big deal.

President John F. Kennedy at the annual White ...

Say bro, thanks for the lame tradition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This isn’t an Obama thing. U.S. presidents of both ilks have run the same lame publicity stunt for years.

How many years? Some say the tradition started during the Kennedy administration. The Kennedy administration was a long time ago. Most people were what I like to call “not born yet” when JFK  first used the power of his office to pardon a turkey.

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