Category Archives: The Proprietor

Other voices other brooms

Let me tell you about Ralphie the neighbour boy when I was six and seven and lived on Antrim Road always dressed in women’s clothing. Huge lobster, perhaps the hugest lobster ever, hung over the fireplace mantle in the playroom. Couldn’t tear my eyes offa it. It figured largely most likely to succeed probably. I [...]

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Dear diary

When I saw it working that day in 1954, I felt like some latter-day Newton who’d just had an Idaho potato caromed off his skull. That night in my motel room I did a lot of heavy thinking about what I’d seen during the day. Visions of McDonald’s restaurants dotting crossroads all over the country [...]

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Kansas City BBQ

We’re enjoying a few days in Kansas City with Ben and Katie. Besides family, the trip is pretty much about food. Highpoints of the feast thus far include: BBQ in Blue Springs: Jake and Susan gathered up the best ‘Que from all over town… remarkable for perfect greasy goodness were the Gates ribs. Burgers at [...]

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I’m going to Orlando to blog the AARP convention, Orlando@50+ What an honor! I’m one of three people who were selected to blog the event. AARP will pick up my travel expenses, supply me with press credentials and a Flip camera, et voila! Le country boy becomes, for the weekend of September 30 through October [...]

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What’s not to love

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. -Albert Einstein The summer I was twelve years old was an idyll that seemed to stretch on forever. I remember bicycles and blue gills, sand and sunburn, row-boats, comic books, an old army blanket on the front lawn; and, when things got [...]

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In the company of men

There’s a post today at Time Goes By that hits me where I live. A reader named Bill writes asking: “Any thoughts on how men can find new groups of friends?” Like Bill, I’m an older guy, comfortable in the company of women and generally uneasy with the superficial bullshit that seems to color men’s [...]

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Attention Deficit

“Instead of thinking about ‘emptiness’ as a lack or something missing, think about it as space, as possibility, as your place to expand. And then welcome the emptiness around you.” — Karen Murphy Nice distinction. here’s something tangential… Instead of thinking of attention deficit as a disability or an inability to focus, we might think [...]

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My name is Frank and I am a PC

A message from the upgrade bunker… I’m heads down into my third and final day of upgrading this PC from Windows XP Media Edition (SP3) to Windows 7 Ultimate. It’s about a three hour job and-yes-I am a terrible procrastinator and foot-dragger with the flighty attention span of a carefree chickadee on a summer day, [...]

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