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The Fire Hose

I like parodies. Back in the 1980s there was a series of radio commercials that were spoofs of real commercials. Wham-Care PM had pills...

Eye of the Beholder

There’s a monster in Dungeons and Dragons called a Beholder. They typically have one central eye and ten eyes on short tentacles. At...

Foundations

As I was growing up my family was involved in new home construction. Despite my best efforts, I managed to learn some things along the...

Higher Dimensions

I recently watched a video explaining how humans can’t really understand how space and time are really the same thing. Part of the video...

ISO 9000

I work for a company that services a federal government contract. Back in August we had an audit to see if we were filling the...

Calculus of Purpose

One of the things I learned in calculus class is when trying to figure out an equation it helps to take a variable and take it to an...

Surprise!

Anyone who has written stories for long enough can tell you about when characters surprised them. One instance comes to mind for me when...

Not Gonna Happen

A lot of people reject things without even knowing what they’re missing. For instance, sushi. There are certain things that will not go...

Words Mean Things

But what DO they mean? Definitions change over the years, as anyone over the age of twenty can attest. Anyone reading this can probably...

Promotion

Why do people want to get promoted? Usually it’s because of prestige, power, or simply money. I know that’s been my motivation many...

Camouflage

One of the best innovations in combat is camouflage. If you can keep the enemy from seeing you, they can’t fight you. Even if they know...

Not Made For You

Ever watch a foreign-made movie? I don’t really have the patience for it. I don’t know any language enough to follow dialogue unless it’s...

Eye of the Needle

I’ve done some embroidery. Nothing too elaborate, but just enough to know I’ll never be really good at it. With my eyesight it’s hard to...

LIAR!

I used to lie - a lot. I’d tell lies just to see if I could get away with it. For instance, in college I’d occasionally dress up in suit...

"I Miss Him"

There’s someone I know who lost his job. COVID did that to a lot of people. A while later, a coworker was heard saying, “I really miss...

Steak

I’m a little on the strange side. Many of you are thinking, “Tell me something I don’t know.” I have a specific example: Before Linda and...

Air Conditioner

I do not like heat. Any time the temperature gets above a certain level (in the neighborhood of 75 - plus or minus depending on humidity)...

Lost in the Mall

My wife tells me a story about when she was in the mall with her kids and one of them got lost. Six kids, one of them let go of a hand,...

The Good Guys

Back in the early days of movies the good guys always wore white hats. In that era of black-and-white film (before color was invented, I...

The Prodigal Veteran

One of the things I have a hard time doing is putting myself in the place of other people. You know, trying to imagine what they hear...