Category Archives: The Modern Condition

You think people drive crazy now

Downtown Chicago, 1911.

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They’re scaring me

Moving to a new city means you have to find new doctors. I picked one, pretty much at random, from the insurance company list. He seemed like a nice guy at our first visit. However – when I called today … Continue reading

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“I think we just delivered the South to the Republican party for a long time to come”

Did LBJ really say this? Maybe yes, maybe no. Bill Moyers claims he did. If you Google it, you will likely find two types of results: those that use the quote without citation, and those that say it’s a myth. … Continue reading

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The Millennial Mind

Overheard in the Y locker room: “What if K.C. went ahead and left without us?” “He didn’t.” “How do you know?” “I have his phone in my pocket.” (Cf. Forgotten Baby Syndrome)

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Life, part two

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Life, part one

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Mixed signals?

The welcome board at the gym today read: Congratulations! You’re doing laps while the others are taking naps! I’m not sure that message has the intended consequence.

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Off-menu Specials at the Dentist

It’s National Dental Hygienist Week, which happened to coincide with my regular checkup. After the usual digging and scraping came the standard question, “What flavor do you want today?  Orange, mint, or strawberry?”, none of which struck me as appealing. … Continue reading

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Opportunity Calls

Like a lot of people, we have one of those home phones that announces the caller id when the phone rings.  Like a lot of people, we get robocalls. “CANCER! SOCK!” “POLICE! BENIFF!” “UNASSIGNED!” “ZERO!” and so on. Today the … Continue reading

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And Get Off My Lawn!

Springtime, and I go to the store to get a new air filter and spark plug for the old lawnmower.  As I’m heading out to the shed, CVH asks what I’m doing. “I need to gap the new spark plug … Continue reading

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