Iron Diamond Rings

In which we talk about pro wrestling as well as what takes place on diamonds, gridirons,fairways and courts, 

Top of the Card

I put a lot of stock in the booking and history of professional wrestling. Probably too much. I find them rigorous which means that the lessons that...

Before and After Deer Lake Part One

appraise, apprise. The former means to estimate value: the latter to inform. For example, Evelyn appraised the art work then apprised the owner of it...

The World Begins

Hold the phone. Back in the Chris Schenkel days when baseball was still the national past time, a few of us used to gather on Sundays to watch the...

What Thinking Looks Like

This is just an idea. No, that wasn't an idea, that was a thought, if that. This is just an idea is a sentence. A sentence is a group of words...

Screamin' a Spell

I'm a tremendous speller but a poor spell checker. Bottom line, I'm a mediocre speller. A few years ago one of the most literate guys I knew told me...

Opening Night at the Cauldron

Opening night Floyd’s comedy career went on the exact arc that would lead to Adolph Shitler and jump suit suicide. Early on, he experimented with...

To Linger Too Long

Who amongst us can forget those moments when we knew the relationship was over but hoped that somehow the love would last. Those are the moments when...

Golf 3....Seductive Activations

Not too long after the invention of "the hole", another great moment in golf arrived; the invention of the green. The green is the closely mowed area...

My Game (Golf 4)

I'm going to step away from the history of golf, like a pro who hears a fart in the gallery. I'll tell you about MY game. Since it's my game, it's my...

Golf Carts

Way back before the invention of the "hole" the ingredient of "time" was not a huge factor in the game of golf. As a matter of faction, some...

Putting the Cart Before the Course

Golf carts minimize the once essential process of "walking". Walking is the primary form of physical exercise most apparent in in the practice of...

an essay on intuition and pervasive gladiolae

I've always been a believer that we use intuition to gather information rather than to process it; much in the same way that we use our senses. I...

Sylvia's Wisconsin Quiver

Siituations tend to happen, slowly, slowly, slowly and then suddenly. Even in Wisconsin. Even in Green Bay. It was fifteen years before Finn Anderson...
Cherry

Before and After Deer Lake Part 4

I had met Muhammad, Joe and George individually but I never thought that I'd see all three of them in the same room at the same time. Yet, here we...

Congressional Productivity

Yakima Canutt is the most fabled of stuntmen. Early in his career, he played villains in John Wayne oater serial flicks. This led to a situation in...

Jazz Pattern

Back in the good old days, a near majority of young guys surrendered their virginity to prostitutes. That number is way down nowadays as is the...

Appreciating Security

Last night I went with my brother to a ball game at Frontier Field. Our home team is the Rochester Red Wings. We are a triple A organization which...

Basic Performance Art ( The Inkblot)

I put a lot of stock in the booking and history of professional wrestling. Probably too much. I find them rigorous which means that the lessons that...

Twine Time and Suzie

Shotgun Shoot 'em 'fore he run, now Do the jerk, baby Do the jerk, now Yeah! Put on yo' high-heel shoes I said, we goin' down here An listen to 'em...

Craving Lilac Language

It's all about the writing isn't it? And writing is all about identifying words that stay as opposed to words that disappear...the spoken words, the...

Fate and Physics

Let's call the poor guy Stonewall. Where the hell was he going? What was the rush? What did he want? These of course are universal questions which...

Just Another Shocking Diagnosis and Solution

I was just sitting around yesterday when I got a call from my "daughter" Mary. Mary was on her way to Taco Tuesday in Boston with her friend Zooey...

Frankenstein in Ireland

Hello 'Victor'. My name is Mr. Kerwin. I'm the town magistrate. I'll be conducting your interrogation. Wolf and Zyfrklt are our very capable...

The Robe

One of my earlier ventures downtown came when our school went on a field trip. We went to the Paramount to see The Robe. I loved it of course and...

Big Jim

Is there anything more profound and tragic than the humbling of a giant? I’m talking about Big Jim. Big Jim was a startling physical specimen at six...

Sabbatical Penetration

Desperate for inspiration in these troubled times, I decided to review the 10 commandments. When I got to "remember to keep holy the Lord's Day", the...

Underguard...Brockton Choice

Awhile back, during the customary slaughter of the Bills, I had to use the men's room at half-time. The men's room was packed and there was a huge...

Better to Throw

Better to Throw That night before I dropped off to sleep, I started thinking about ants again. Some people count sheep. I think of shrinking men,...

Ghosts in the Alley

Someone once told me that deciding to become a teacher was like deciding to open a bowling hall in your brain. The intoxicating toxic smell of beer,...

Clock Is Ticking

I take full responsibility for my actions. I planned the whole thing out down to the day, to the hour, to the minute even to the second. I spent...

Cold Clocked

The cold coclusion to The Clock Is Ticking

A Thrilla in Vanilla

Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a blood bath for the ages. The contest is to determine not which side is more popular but rather which side...

Got A Good Look

Ray Allen was one of the great three point shooters in NBA history. Someone once asked Ray what percentage of those three point attempts did he think...

Unfinished Comedy

Every time i tell someone about a story that i’m about to write and i tell them that story, i never write it and it disappears in the telling as the...

Gaga Donald

As I said in the beginning of the Presidential race in 2016, it all resembles professional wrestling. Trump won the battle royale in the Republican...

The Opposite of Just

I was watching a critical ballgame one night. The bases were loaded. The count was full. The crowd was screaming. The announcer asked "How would you...

Short Cherry Rant

I'm only hitting about .160 on the cherry meter. If I were that far under the Mendoza line in the show, I'd be headed for Double A. If I were lofting...

Fifth Grade Understanding

Saying that he has the understanding of a "fifth or sixth grader" is not the worst thing I've heard said about our President. When I was in college,...

Macro Production

Pretty sure that spiders aren't afraid of death. They just keep doin' what they're doin' until they stop. Last week, my wife figured out a use for me...

Chewing Gum Around Kourtney (trigger)

Kourtney is an attractive, affable, engaging woman. She is well educated. She is happily married. She used her education and talent to obtain a...

Percy and Ping

One hundred years ago, exactly more or less....... Percy had huge eyes and lashes. Percy had big feet and a long neck. Percy had a pea brain and even...

Ping and Percy in Florida.

Good for you if you surmised that Percy was an ostrich. Better for you if you guessed that Ping was an Italian ballplayer. Ping Bodie pretended that...

Ping, Percy and Jeff

Jeff Banner was just such a reader. Jeff read with attention to detail, comprehension, objective empathy and compassionate honesty. He found...

Ostrich Bantering in Cambridge

It was my daughter Sarah's 28th birthday. We were in Cambridge, not fah from Hahvahd. We took an Uber so we didn't have to pahk the cah. I was teling...

Mueller Division

Last week, I posted this on Facebook. "When I was an English teacher, I made sure that EVERYBODY whether they read it or not at least got the plot...

Trench

Our intelligence was wrong We believed what we thought What we thought was a road Turned out to be a trench What we thought was a trench Turned out...

At The Bottom of the Elephant Barrel

This is the third installment of the MR. Baseball story.

Baseball Picks From the Pile

A few minutes later I understood why the moonshadow had danced across the face of Mr. Baseball. Sadie, the school psychiatrist, explained the rules...

Ava Tortures Laura with a Gigantic Teddy Bear

The Christmas party contines. Mr. Baseball still has my junk. The elephants stampede.

Momentarily Young and Brave

Continuing with Mr. Baseball and the Christmas party right after Ava tortured Laura with the gigantic bear,

Grin and Bear the Bear, Jer.

Thelast installment of the Christmas Party.........
Cherry

Perhaps Playing Another Round of Gulf

Just in case racism or nativism backfires or Mueller becomes scrutable or fifteen more women come forward, two of whom have had an abortion,...

Redemption Dimension

Redemption is a refocusing, a relief and a release. Once we got glasses as kids, the BIGGEST fear of them all was losing those glasses. The remedy...

Wisconsin Street Parlor

I never knew my mother's father. He passed away when my mother was in high school. She was the oldest child and became a father figure for her...