Siftings

Friday Countdown - Remember Crash Davis Lesson #1
Oct
06
Friday Countdown - Remember Crash Davis Lesson #1
Kind of a simple day today.  Just don’t screw up three things:   3). The processional.   2).  The welcoming toast.   1).  Tearing up at the slightest provocation.     Don’t think.  It can only hurt the ballclub.
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Mono
Oct
01
Mono
Lost.  Alone.  Two words that don’t go so well together.  But that’s the deal, somewhere above 10,000 feet in the high Sierras of Yosemite, miles from anyone.  Panic has zero utility, and there’s no need for it, anyway.  Not to worry.  Plenty of sunlight left and geared-up for a below freezing, two...
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Friday Countdown - Taking A Knee
Sep
29
Friday Countdown - Taking A Knee
Reasons, from bad to good   15.  To stabilize a rifle shot.  (military & competitive shooting exempt)   14. To subjugate yourself to some youth coaching tyrant as you listen to a post-game assessment of your “character”, “mental toughness” or “meaning of life”.   13.  To be knighted. ...
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Friday Countdown - Art Is Life
Sep
22
Friday Countdown - Art Is Life
Was seriously not in the mood last Friday, and thus skipped the Countdown for the first time since it began.  In part to atone for this grievous dereliction, here’s a meaty one.  The most significant 37 works of American art since I ambled out of the womb on the last day of 1962.  Don't confuse...
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License Plate Truthing
Sep
19
License Plate Truthing
I got tickets in Davenport.  Real, pay em’ or else kind of tickets.  A few for speeding (never in a neighborhood, because that's evil) and one for not wearing a seatbelt (because - I like to think - they cared).  The seatbelt one came in a safety roadblock operation, and I recall the officers being...
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Post-flight, Preflight
Sep
12
Post-flight, Preflight
Pitch black.  But for the sound of crickets, the Fortress of Solitude is a tomb.   It’s a strange place to wake each day, but no days are stranger than the first one back from family. The sleep is usually short and fitful, and the body clock is two hours earlier than the normal early.  Have I...
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Friday Countdown - Destinations
Sep
08
Friday Countdown - Destinations
Home
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Friday Countdown - None Too Swift
Sep
01
Friday Countdown - None Too Swift
Taylor Swift released her newest video, and I'm here to help with my keen eye for detail and encylopedic (those were books, with information in them, that smelled of Aqua Velva and Lucky Strikes) knowledge of all the cultural references contained in her opus "Look What I Made You Do".  The Easter...
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Friday Countdown - Well Bought
Aug
25
Friday Countdown - Well Bought
1,277 cars sold at the Car Week auctions, for a total of $327 million.  The most expensive was a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, which lightened some one-percenter’s wallet by $22,550,000.  Oh sure, the Aston’s pretty, but it also had plywood floors and no roof.  You want something slightly more sumptuous,...
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Purpose, Built
Aug
21
Purpose, Built
“Gene, right?”  In the dream, Jack Sullivan is nine and asking if I’m Gene.  “No. Craig”, I reply.  It’s 3:48 AM, and the internal alarm clock goes off right after my reply.  The dream was something about the night mom’s cancer had eaten through her skin and dad woke me to take her to the...
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