Marty Made Me Write This.

To my regular followers, Doug might be a bit out of your comfort zone. But that’s his point anyway. He’s an undeclared poet laureate who endures cold Chicago winters and probably years of Ron Santo, North Side sadness. He might not be your cup of tea, but for those of you who like to take an occasional ride on political poetry, it’s my pleasure to share a master of the craft. He’s also a lover of vinyl and analogue, so he can’t be all bad.


Sorry ‘bout the delay in getting back, (Marty) ya’ll. But trying to parse the 100 proof of today’s politics requires that aforementioned bourbon pour, and after five three fingers in four hours, I’ve been clued that Coda Puppy and I, now, somehow, seem to age at the same rate. What was once just another night of some mid-shelf everyday sippin’ whiskey, now locks me down for a full twenty-four.

And to further whore my amateur bore… of the true way that our politics be…I offer for your consideration …. Young Paul the Tall and his very pretty, smart, and caring, Girl Next Door, Mary Ann. They’ve been best friends forever…since Radio Shack sold computers. Now in their early to mid twenties, and with spring in the…our young man’s fancy…Paul turns not to his Mary Ann. Paul’s hero’s journey is to score a walk down the aisle with his Ginger…

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Hot Toddy Anyone?

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Holiday Excursions and Diversions: Finding My Inner Grantham

What with two out-patient surgeries, plus the discomfort of having to walk around for eight days with a urologic stent implanted in me, your humble blogger and the missus took in some of the holiday festivities of our newly adopted home city. What's a little pain when you can stimulate the local economy and get into … Continue reading Holiday Excursions and Diversions: Finding My Inner Grantham

Flash Takes a Backseat

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Chump Change

For most of my adult life I've struggled with the fact that I keep very little money in my wallet. It's not that I wastefully piss it away or have no self-control, it's just that I purposely don't want to carry much around with me. I'm not worried about being mugged, nor am I concerned … Continue reading Chump Change

Gratitude 2017 From A-Z

Source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute As I ready myself to tie on the 'ol feedbag for today's Thanksgiving feast, I recognize that this is once again an appropriate time to acknowledge things in my life that offer perspective, hope, and especially gratitude. The past year has been nothing but a roller coaster of bombastic tirades against … Continue reading Gratitude 2017 From A-Z

A Deficit of Reason

Email Sent to Senator Marco Rubio, November 7, 2017: Dear Senator Rubio, I will make this brief. You are already on record as being a supporter for gun rights, and I have no illusions about changing your mind. However, as one of your constituents, I do ask for your consideration about one facet of gun … Continue reading A Deficit of Reason

Autumn Changes

Ah, yes, fall. Sweaters at the ready, school busses on the roads, pigs flying¹, and an early frost is on the pumpkin. Okay, the pumpkin part is merely poetic license. It's 75 degrees outside right now as I sit here typing. Still, it's fall here in Florida. The leaves on some of the trees have … Continue reading Autumn Changes