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Questionable Questions – Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn #25

(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 25 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn (or raking the leaves).

 

QUESTIONABLE QUESTIONS

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Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn – #17

(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.

Mower and Statesman

 

Welcome to Volume 17 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

 

SHOW ME THE…WHAT?!

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CRAP I THINK OF WHILE MOWING THE LAWN – #12

Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn

Volume 12

(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 12 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn.

 

WAINWRIGHT/JETER/ANDREWS…SOCIAL MEDIA FLAP

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Changing Times…and Riley Cooper?

Riley Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

Early last Friday morning—with another bout of insomnia coinciding with, but not caused by, the celebration of another birthday—I wrote about one aspect of the Riley Cooper saga.  I published it on Bleacher Report.

 

 

72 hours later, the situation has changed a little bit. Riley Cooper has taken an excused leave of absence—of unknown duration—from the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Michael Vick has seemed to walk back from (if just a little) his very gracious, supportive comments from a few days before. And, many well-meaning fans and non-fans alike are sick to death of the whole story.

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REASONABLE DOUBT

 

 

 

This column was to be written Saturday morning, quite a few hours before the somewhat stunning non-guilty verdict was announced in Sanford, Florida, thereby exonerating George Zimmerman of either second-degree murder or manslaughter in the homicide of Trayvon Martin.

 

Even now, four or so hours post-decision as I start to write, I’m still letting this sink in for a moment, as I am not so much shocked by the verdict itself (anything can and does happen in jury trials) but still reeling at the seeming finality of it and everything that preceded it.

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He Said What?!

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A couple weeks ago, in anticipation of my son’s tee-ball debut, I wrote about my own inauspicious Little League Baseball debut. It wasn’t pretty, (and involved coming in the game for my requisite one at-bat and looking at the first baseman—not the pitcher—as strikes one, two and three whooshed by unchallenged…and that was the best part of it) which is an understatement. However, it went a helluva lot smoother than that of A.J. Clemente—who made his debut last night as a weekend co-anchor for NBC affiliate KFYR-TV of Bismarck, North Dakota.

 

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Questionable Tactics?

nervous speaker

 

There are many among us who would—if we are to believe certain surveys and the urban myths attached to them—rather die than speak. Still, there are others among us (including yours truly, when in the mood) who are dying TO speak.  Both are only slight exaggerations.

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Top 10…or 8…Reasons to Dislike the “Like” Button

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How in God’s good name did we all arrive at a place and time where we are forced to make public decisions on what we like or dislike. I like to like, and sometimes even love to love—and hey, when the mood striketh, I even liketh to hate things. But enough is enough…

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GOING ALL IN?

Oscar, Oscar, we hardly knew you.

 

Six months or so ago, most of us who were not already diehard track fans were enthralled by your story. We marveled at both your determination and athleticism—a combination that not only made you a dominant Paralympics athlete but earned you a spot to run in the London Olympics. Once there, you did not disappoint, earning your way to run in a semifinal heat of the 400 meters and in the finals of the 4×400 relay for South Africa.

 

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THE TRAGEDY AND TRAVESTY IN SANFORD, FLORIDA

Dear City of Sanford, Florida,

 

 

Please allow me a brief introduction.

 

I usually utilize this space to write about the lighter side of life or sports. Every now and then, I go on a rant about a somewhat serious issue, yet it’s often done with a satiric sense. But I am now trying to write a coherent message about life, death, public trust, civil rights and so much more. Indeed, it’s hard to think while almost visibly angry and difficult to type with clenched fingers.

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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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ON WHITNEY, FAME AND MORTALITY

Whitney Houston.

Dead at age 48.

 

 

Did we need yet another reminder that life is short, unpredictable and sometimes cruel?

 

 

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SUPER REFLECTIONS

Man, I should be used to this feeling by now.

 

 

That Super Bowl Monday Morning Hangover is not a stranger to my existence.

 

The one from two mornings ago was not brought on by too much alcohol (I was home, and not drinking), too much food (well, maybe that played a small role) or too much Madonna. It did manifest itself with the tired, washed out feeling of watching another Super Bowl champion not named the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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THE 12 CRAPPIEST SONGS OF CHRISTMAS

Who am I to compile a list of the 12 crappiest popular Christmas songs I’ve ever heard?

 

 

Well, my last name’s Goldberg, I’m Jewish, and I celebrate Chanukah. Do we even have 12 Chanukah songs?

 

 

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