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CARNIBORE – The Wednesday Wordapod

Today’s (The Wednesday) Wordapod relates to those who get a little too concerned about meat. It is one of over 250 wordapods featured in Wordapodia, Volume One.

 

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THANKS – Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn – #26

(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)

Interesting, if not always deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.

Welcome to Volume 26 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn (or raking the leaves…or shoveling the driveway).

 

THANKS …

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Ahead to the Past – Crap I Think Of While Mowing the Lawn…#23

(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)

 

Interesting, if not always deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.

Welcome to Volume 23 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

 

AHEAD TO THE PAST

I’ve always wondered why the movie, “Back to the Future” wasn’t titled “Ahead to the Past.”  Okay, the real title may be catchier, although if there were a successful movie or three with my proposed title, who knows if that would be the case.

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Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn – #21

(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)

Interesting, if not always deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.

Welcome to Volume 21 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

 

BASEBALL STORIES

I used to do most of my mowing/ruminating on Sundays; now, the inspiration comes, and goes, most any day.

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CRAP I THINK OF WHILE MOWING THE LAWN — #9

Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn

Volume 9

(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)

 

Interesting, if not deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.

Mower and Statesman

 

Welcome to Volume 9 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

 

TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE?

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BASEBALL, BAD BLOOD…and REDEMPTION

Baseball, Bad Blood and Redemption

One of the most brutal on-field sports incidents in American history took place at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1965, when future Hall of Fame Giants pitcher Juan Marichal clubbed Dodgers all-star catcher John(ny) Roseboro  over the head with his bat. Just writing that line produces a shiver or two.

I had just turned six years old at the time, and was close to starting my first 200 years or so (if not longer) as a rabid baseball fan. I didn’t see the incident live, but recall reading about it. The purported assault was mostly a curiosity to me, although it had profound effects on millions of baseball fans—to say nothing of the two players/combatants in question.

(As an incident, the only [non-hockey] one to rival it, in my mind, came 12 years later when Lakers forward Kermit Washington blindsided Rockets counterpart Rudy Tomjanovich with a roundhouse right.)

Author John Rosengren explores the Marichal-Roseboro altercation in detail with his latest book, The Fight of Their Lives (2014, Lyons Press). Rosengren, an obvious baseball and sports lover, has the ability to not only scour the box scores for meaningful, historical data (among other things, he is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research), but to search for the human interest story and lessons that transcend sports.  I greatly enjoyed his 2013 biography on Hank Greenberg and had the opportunity to interview him on that book tour. As such, I had a feeling that I would enjoy his next book. My suspicion was justified.

Yes, it is especially for the baseball and all-around sports lover, and it left me wanting just a little more. It is a terrific read, and one that may also appeal to those who aren’t baseball lifers. 

Please enjoy my interview with John Rosengren below.

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CRAP I THINK OF WHILE MOWING THE LAWN – #4

CRAP I THINK OF WHILE MOWING THE LAWN

Volume 4

(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)

 

Interesting, if not deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.

Crap I Think Of pic

 

Welcome to Volume 4 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

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HAIKUGAR – Wednesday’s Wordapod

So, what would you call a woman who is heavily into younger men who recite 17-syllable poetry?

Look for “Haikugar(s)” in Wordapodia, Volume One: An Encyclopedia of Real Fake Words, where you will find over 250 other creative, fun Wordapods. 

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HAIKUGAR

 

Haikugar (n) – a woman who is aggressively into younger men that recite haiku

 

Observation

 

The term cougar is a fairly recent one coined to describe a woman who preys on younger men. This fact has me wondering:

  1. Why a cougar, and not a mountain lion, catamount or puma?
  2. Is this term pejorative for women? If not, then what is the male counterpart called?

Who Knew…?

Lisa Primstuffel started a club in her native Honolulu called Hawaiian Haikugars on the Prowl. As she explains, “I see nothing derisive about the term. We are a group of refined ladies who know what we want—20-something boys, or the right 30-something men, to read us 17-syllable romantic poetry while we wine and dine them. Is there something wrong with that?” 

 

What can be better

Haikugars on the rampage

Oh no, I’m married

……………….

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Home Improv-Ment

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to indulge in a few of my passions: watching NFL playoff football with friends, public speaking and, well, being a ham…or was it playing the fool?

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AN AUDIENCE FOR THE KING

A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I had never read anything by Stephen King. That factoid didn’t fill me with pride. I have absolutely nothing against the man—who may be the most famous and prolific living American author, if statistics like numbers of titles, movie adaptations and book sales mean anything.

Different Seasons

 

 

 

I was watching the movie Stand By Me with my son when…

 

 

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Timing is Almost Everything

Yesterday—all my columns seemed… Sorry, I got carried away there. Let me try again.

 

Yesterday, as tennis’ most major tourney, known as Wimbledon, started its 2013 play, I wrote a column about how the powers-that-be seeded the players incorrectly and compounded that with cluelessness in the way that they matched those seeds in the draw.

 

Yes, this felt like a burning issue at the time. What were you thinking about?

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INVALUABLE ROYALTIES

Every now and then, I think about words and expressions that I either love or loathe. What can I say? I’m a word guy; one of my books is called Wordapodia, Volume One: An Encyclopedia of Real Fake Words. If this one sold more—and I knew that the next one would as well—I’d be working on Volume Two. More on that in a bit.

 

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THE WHOLE NINE AND SO MUCH MORE

 

When is having the whole nine not enough?

That’s an easy riddle: when you’re compiling a Top 10 list. Of course.

 

 

 

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ODD INFINITUM

Nothing lasts forever; not even things that are labeled “infinite.”

 

 

Last week, I submitted my final monthly piece for an e-zine called The Infinite Writer.” I did not know it at the time of submission, but a few days later, received an email from its publisher informing me that she was shutting down operations after the November issue.

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WTF: Waterfowl and WaterFUDGE!

Waterfowl?

 

 

As the author of Wordapodia, Volume One: An Encyclopedia of Real Fake Words, I have coined and adapted more than my fair share of words. More than 250 of them: a lot to count but easier if you own a copy, of course…

 

If you’re like billions of people worldwide who don’t own a copy, I will explain that my wordapods are used to parody a bit of everything—pop culture, sports, history, politics, the arts, food, religion and even wordplay, itself.  My mind is just kind of wired (anagram for weird) that way and wordapods just kind of find me.

 

Waterfudge?

 

 

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