Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rules of the Road

I recently read a story that reminded me some Tennessee drivers leave a lot to be desired in the driving skill department. I don’t mean the cliché of us not knowing how to drive properly in wintry weather, which really shouldn’t … Continue reading

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This Wasn’t in the Brochure

When my wife and I married we didn’t have a lot of money. The only real issue this caused is that we never had what most people consider a honeymoon. We did manage to get away for a couple of … Continue reading

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Spin ‘Til You’re Sick

When I was a little kid, I loved spinning around until I got dizzy. I enjoyed the perception that the floor bucked beneath me and swaying back and forth. Of course, that point often wasn’t enough and I spun more … Continue reading

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The Mother of Invention

I try to be a resourceful guy. I’d rather fix something that’s “broken” rather than throw it away even if every bit of information I can find indicates it cannot be fixed. I’d much rather try and fail than simply … Continue reading

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He Used to Like Me

Before my father-in-law was, uh, my father-in-law, he used to take me hunting on his farm frequently. Larry and I hunted squirrel a couple of times, but the usual was quail. Quail was my favorite because it required less silence. … Continue reading

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Read the Bag

It’s always a good idea to read instructions or to at least have a general notion of what they would be if you actually did read them. Of course, even if you do read the instructions, you should make sure … Continue reading

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Two Funerals in January

Every now and then, you experience a moment that is not what you expected or intended. I had such a moment one Monday night in 2009. The revamped Star Trek movie was in theaters and a couple of college students … Continue reading

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Catch a Tiger

In 2003 I got one of those no-way-you-turn-it-down kind of opportunities one Saturday morning. I got off the phone and realized I accepted without first checking with Chrisie. This could have been very bad, but fortunately, once I told her … Continue reading

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Play a Song

For one glorious semester in 1993 I was co-host of Morning Madness on Clarksville’s Sound Alternative, the New Magic 91.7 (which was, of course, the campus radio station for APSU, but it sounds more impressive the other way). A guy … Continue reading

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Age Appropriate

When I started first grade, I almost immediately ran in to one of those arcane policies that only seem to exist in public school districts. At the time, the schools in Clarksville required you to go through the kindergarten reader … Continue reading

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