The Holidays- Past and Present

My thoughts for this essay are about fourth quarter of Halloween Thanksgiving Christmas New Years Eve and Daythe jolly Holiday Season pacificcoastrv.com but mainly Christmas since the others are for me leadoff hitters for the main event. To review, Halloween led off with a homerun as chronicled in GHOST OF HALLOWEEN a road trip with my brother Thom for his last trumpet gig. Thanksgiving started off good but turned sour CHRISTMAS BLAHS as Kay battled sciatica. The whole end-of-the-year shebang rem…

The Soulmate Myth

For me television programming has become more annoying especially lately. Professionalism has flown right out the window. Examples Big hype in San Diego about the Holiday Bowl featuring USC and Wisconsin except the Wisconsin highlights were of Nebraska. I guess they fullhousenoho couldnt tell the difference of an N or a W on the helmets A printed exclamation on an ad for a new reality show was WOAH! instead of WHOA! Remember when the appeal of cable they said was zero commercials because .

The Oscar Controversy- 2016 Version

The annual, self-congratulatory, beauty contest called the Oscars has hit a bit of a snag this year. The hubbub is about lack of diversity (or representation) on the so-called dignified panel of nominating judges; that is, those who decide what and who is worthy of recognition. Pardon me, but ho-hum, yawn, drool, and zzzz. I mean, I enjoy motion pictures as much as the next guy, but consider the film industrys offerings strictly as entertainment not high art or a social reform platform; and I ta…

Super Bowl 50- Give Cam a Break

Poor Cam Newton is taking a lot of heat for the results of Super Bowl 50. In case you missed the big event, the final score was Broncos Panthers 3phaseac.com Newton took quite a physical beating courtesy of the Denver Broncos unrelenting, swarming defense. The Carolina defense also played very well basically holding the Denver offense to three field goals. Personally I hoped that Denver would prevail for Peyton Mannings last hurrah, but logically told all who asked my opinion that Carolina would put …

The 2016 Elections- Best Comedy of the Year

Cue the circus music, roll out the goofy car filled with 34 baggy-pants clowns Youve got to admit the 2016 election cycle circus is entertaining lunabarandgrill It reminds me of all that phony crap we see on TV rasslin. Its about as classy as roller derby. Thats also the sad part about the state of affairs in the good ol USA. I mean, politics has always been rife with skullduggery and backstabbing but with the ascension of todays pretenders we seemed to have reached a zenith of all out buffoonery.

One-Eighth of a Tank

Elmer Fudd answered, “Simple, Bugs, when I put on my right shoe, the other one is left.” WHA…??? I crumpled the small, waxed-paper comic strip and threw it toward a nearby trash bin. I didn’t “get” the joke; and something else was off: mainly, in that comic strip, Elmer Fudd didn’t substitute w’s for r’s like he did on the screen when Mel Blanc gave him voice for the Warner Brothers animated shorts. I was six-years-old sitting on a wooden pallet behind McBroom’s Grocery Store. I had…

One Evening in Goodyear, Arizona

In 2015, Kay and I moved to CantaMia in the Estrella Mountains near Goodyear, Arizona. Its a 55-plus, gated community, with a resort atmosphere and inhabited by active people playing golf, tennis, pickleball, bocci ball; and keeping fit in the gym, practicing yoga, and lap swimming. During the afternoon and evenings there is a definite party atmosphere. In other words, it fits my particular lifestyle. With that in mind, one of the ladies recently celebrated a milestone birthday so to comme…

The Reluctant Yogi of CantaMia

I enjoy an active lifestyle in the community of CantaMia, nestled in the Estrella Mountains near Goodyear Arizona and almost admit to being in denial about the ravages of age. However deny as I might insidiously little things creep in. A winking, grinning imposter shows up in my mirror. Hey how ya doin Reminders of old injuries and surgeries ominously surface in occasional shoulder knee and hip pains. On the tennis court my eyes pick up the ball slower than I remember which sometim…

Hate and Discontent- The New American Paradigm

With the conclusion of the bitterly contested 2016 national and state elections do you speculate whether or not the country can return to an environment that resembles normal, whatever that is Im thinking, probably not. What a comic opera. We had two divisive assisted2live.com lightning-rod presidential candidates representing the two major parties who, with their minions, seemed to divide the country even further. It was apparent that no outcome would be deemed acceptable much less satisfactory give…

The Trump Card

The following essay is not intended to either sway opinion, insult, or convert anyone to my thought process. It is simply an unfiltered opinion relating to recent national issues as analyzed by me. And who among humanity doesnt want to hear my opinion? If not, read no further. Easy, huh?
So, here we are months after the presidential vote, and a new leader has been installed. Still, most of what I see and hear on television / radio news shows, NPR, and read in print has to do with sobbing, …

The Martini Month of May

Well, May 2017 is behind us, and I am happy to report that I successfully fulfilled a ritual my brothers and I observe the twenty-second of every Mayand will continue to fulfill as long as we remain in the quick. So far, the streak is twelve years.
A word of explanation. My father enjoyed a martini or two when he relaxed after a hard day at work or following a fun-filled afternoon on the golf course. Now, I can already hear some of you ask, What kind of martini? Being a purist, I happen to …

My Last Day?

I awoke at 5:37 AM feeling well-rested and content, but rather peculiar without knowing why. Something was definitely offnot weird off, but like a revelation was about to be disclosed. As I opened the plantation shutters to the rising sun, there was a certain glow bouncing off terracotta roof tiles that reminded me of the Mediterranean. I thought of the French Riviera, and wished I could be there again, but this time as a young man during the 1950s before the turmoil of invading refugees from th…

Consequences of Time

At first I didnt think it was a big deal. I told myself that I must have glanced away for a split second. Surely my skills couldnt have deteriorated that much. Could they? I mean, I realize Im no longer 25-years-old but still
Worse was the unfamiliar doubt that wpsfresno filled my head doubt that nags to this day. Heres the deal In any sport especially those demanding hand-to-eye coordination there are three main components conditioning mental toughness and physical skill.

REFORMATION or How Politicians screwed-up the System

It is basic human nature to make simple things complicated because so-called big-brained intellectuals get paid a lot of money to offer convoluted and often times yourvirtualpresence conflicting explanations for simple matters. We seem to like complications in order to deny and/or avoid the truth. Even though in a past life as a consultant Ive taken part in this charade I am a believer of Occams or Ockhams Razor which states the simplest or most obvious explanation is the correct one.

CHRISTMAS A HALLMARK MYTH

I grew up in the Midwest during the end of what climatologists call the Little Ice Age a short period of time when the Northern Hemisphere was supposedly much colder than normal. What I recall about winter up through my undergraduate college days are frequent lienmachine1ltd cold snaps and snow falling shortly after Thanksgiving accompanied by a season-long hard freeze. We built snowmen had snowball fights and sledded down a hill at the local cemetery for the entire month of December. Snow continued to fall…

IT WAS A B-B-BIDET

So heres the deal: I was living in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia trying to work a deal with the younger Khashoggi brother Amr to sell an oil additive mammonbusinessservices.com to among others the national oil company, and YUSEF BIN ACHMED KANOO, a giant ocean transport corporation. I admit that selling an oil product to the Arabs was akin to selling ice to eskimos. Then again, it was an adventure and Im always up for adventures. My well-appointed flat was located on the fifth floor of the …