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Monday, July 6, 2015

RIGHTING - a cranky re-run

This cranky re-run is from July 2012

I like writing.  It helps me get stuff out of my head.  Sometimes I think I write good stuff, sometimes not so much.  I did not start writing until I retired several years ago.  I had the time, I needed to do something. 
I liked writing when I was in school, but I never wrote very much.  The teachers never encouraged me.  All I ever heard from my teachers was “your spelling is horrid, and your grammar is worse.”

I only argued with a teacher once.  I was told that a paragraph MUST have at least three sentences.  I wrote a paragraph with ONE sentence.  It cost me a 5 point penalty in an assignment.

I argued that Ernest Hemmingway’s books often had paragraphs which had less than three sentences and if one of our greatest authors could write a paragraph with one sentence then I could write a paragraph with one sentence and I even showed her an example of a Hemmingway book which had a paragraph with only one sentence.
Her response?
“So you think you can write as well as Ernest Hemmingway?”
My response?
“So who should I try and emulate, Ferdinand D. Nobody?”
The teacher took off another 5 points.   
Microsoft word has helped with my spelling, and I am old enough to say, “Frig grammar!”  So I am now attempting to write stuff.  Not so grate (ok, so word is not perfect) maybe, but I enjoy doing it.
To all you English teachers out there I suggest that you continue to stress only spelling, grammar and sentence structure.  Discourage those that cannot spell or whose grammar is deficient.  Those things are very, very important. 
Pay no attention to ideas or content.  
Anyone can think.

Saturday, July 4, 2015



It’s time again for
Easy mistake




This week’s stupid headlines and my stupider, sometimes sophomoric comments.

One headline may be fake.  Guess the fake and win a mention and a WHOOP-TEE-DOO.  None of the above may be a correct answer.


Comment moderation is on for one day.


A man named Rod gets struck by lightning twice – So I guess the child didn’t get spoiled.

Lamb engineered with jellyfish DNA sold as livestock in France – The French producing spineless livestock…never saw that coming.

California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill – In my day you had to suck it up and go to school, and they were all strict, now they just give you a vaccine to protect against strict schools?

Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway – So he was both the robber and the wheelman.

12 Prison Employees Suspended Following Big-Dicked Murderer’s Escape – New York doesn’t have the death penalty, but apparently this murderer was still well hung.

Wimbledon's Centre Court evacuated after small fire – What kind of grass is on those courts?

Google developing “Backseat Driver” for driverless car – The new app will constantly call out, “Slow down.” Or “Watch where you’re going” to make husbands feel at home.

Testicle-eating fish with human-like teeth caught in NJ lake – I always wondered why it is called “Falsetto Lake.”

Tennessee couple plans to tie the knot again, after wife loses memory of big day – Geeze…when the husband forgets he catches hell, the wife forgets and they just do it all over again!

The government wants you to grill fruit for the Fourth of July – You will have to pry the spatula from my cold drunken hands to make me grill fruit!

TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts – The whole thing was caught on film, unfortunately…

What's behind increase in shark attacks – Uh…sharks?


Last week’s fake was:

None of the above!

The winners are:

I think it's None of the Above this week, too!!

this week i'm saying they're all true.

Hmm. None of the above, I think.

Again I say all these are true, no none of the above is my answer.

I think "none of the above."

There were only 7 incorrect guesses.

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Last year at this time the US men were in the fight for the World Cup, the World’s Football (Soccer) Championship.  I watched all the games.  My days were scheduled around the US Teams schedule.  It was very exciting even for this non-soccer fan.

I just found out that this year our US Women’s team is in the finals of the Woman’s World Cup Championship.  I just found out that four years ago our US Women finished second and here they are in the finals again.

I am somewhat ashamed that I did not know our Women’s Team was an International powerhouse.  It is not entirely my fault.  The local bars do not have signs up advertising the Woman’s championship games to lure in patrons as they did last year for the Men.  Don’t spectators of Women’s soccer drink?  The TV does not advertise when the games will be shown and I’m not sure what channel shows the games.  The nightly news barely spends more than a few minutes on the results of all the games, and I have seen almost no coverage on the internet.

Last year the Men almost made it to the quarter finals.  This country was transfixed on the outcome of each game.  Apparently the Women don’t rate the same level of excitement.  Hell, I didn’t even know there was a World Cup championship for the women.  Now I do. 

The US Woman are playing in the finals for the WORLD CUP this SUNDAY at 7PM against Japan to be broadcast on FOX.

Be there people.  Get excited.  Let’s root our women on. 

Oh, and one of the leading scorers, Carli Lloyd, is from New Jersey so:

Happy Fourth of July everybody!