Over My Head & Over the Top In Vermont
Among my many personal & cultural deficits, I have always been beer-challenged.
One hot afternoon at least sixty years ago, I Was fishing with my father and a couple of his buddies, on a river somewhere in Northern California. Sunny, hot. I was thirsty. They were all thirsty.
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The FBI vs “Louie Louie” (or, more accurately,
“Louie – Looo-Eye”): I’m taking this as a true story unless and until snopes.com says otherwise.
Intrepid G-man conducting undercover surveillance in the dangerous days of the early ’60s . . . . Note that he is, as always, wearing a tie.
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Dog Days Reading: George & The Cottonmouth
In Memory of My Uncle George Fager
The first thing I noticed when we drove into my Fager grandparents’ front yard in St. Paul. Kansas was not their small frame house, not the field behind it, nor the barn at the other end of the yard. The first thing I noticed was the outhouse. And I can still recall it clearly after more than sixty years.
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Okay. it’s out-of-the-closet time.
For the past several weeks, I have been listening to — are you ready?
OPERA, for the love of pete.
On my XM satellite radio, there’s a Metropolitan Opera channel, that plays it nonstop, 24/7, no commercials.
I’ve known this for a long time, but was only recently drawn to it.
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Originally posted in July, 2009
In the current health-care melee, we hear much alarmist talk and Canada-bashing, aimed at their single-payer health system.
A few days back, I had an unexpected chance to observe the Canadian system up close. What I saw was very instructive.
Here’s what happened: on the last evening of a Toronto visit, I was invited to dinner by a young couple – let’s call them Hank and Sue, for privacy.
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