Shemp Howard of the 3 Stooges had a trademark noise that he made when his character was extremely scared, a variation on “Heebeebeebee” shortened or lengthened to the comic moment, sometimes accompanied by his hair standing on end. It’s the noise I had in mind for the end of the following, written to a friend years ago, hoping to make him laugh.
I'm cheapin out and staying put for the holidays. Maybe I'll cut out down to Mexico for a few days, do some…Continue
I was guzzling some absinthe and had a political visionary experience with quasi-prophetic overtones. I wrote down what I could before the words dissolved in the ether:
Has anyone ever actually said “This reporter wept” in a report, whether on video or in print? Probably not. With the effort at objectivity displayed by the use of “This reporter” instead of the simpler “I”, the phrase itself would dilute (with tears?) that objectivity. Plus, for some people it can’t help but allude to the Christian Gospel verse “Jesus wept” and thereby come off as pretentious or irreligious.
Or maybe it just sounds pretentious even without the allusion? Like something…Continue
An FB friend’s post on Facebook bothered me enough to where I left an abrasive comment, which I almost never do, especially on political matters, since a distressing number of my way-back “friends” have inexplicably become hard-right Republican types with white racist sympathies, and it would be exhausting and pointless to actually react to everything that gets tossed out. I want to enjoy the time I have left, not waste it arguing with people who don’t ever seem to actually…Continue