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Grandpa The Gamer

Like most people my grandfather’s age they don’t always embrace the latest and greatest techlogy. It’s not to say he was living like a cave man before he moved in with my parents. He had a HDTV, VHS/DVD player, microwave and a beta player. Yeah you don’t see those around anymore. He’s never own a cell phone or an e-reader/tablet…until now that is. This past Christmas my dad and step mom Cathy gave him a tablet. The look of confusion on he face when he opened the gift. Just screamed what is this? The main use was to get him to read off of it. He loves to read (it’s sometime we have in common) one of his favitote authors is John Grisham. My grandfather reads about 100 pages a day; so he burns threw books very quick. And the e-reader was to keep up with him. Now that he has 24 hours, 7 days a week access to the Wi-Fi and doesn’t have to leave his La-Z-Boy recliner. Means there isn’t a day that goes by that he’s not on his tablet doing one thing or another. I thought I never would say this but my grandfather has an […]
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Jason

“If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got” – Kurt Cobain, Nirvana The day after Christmas I got a phone call from my sister Amanda saying that there is a rumor on facebook that “Jason your old boyfriend died.” I didn’t believe it and told her I’m going to investigate it and get back to her. After I got off the phone I went online. I couldn’t believe it but there it was the first obituary on the list was Jason’s. That’s when it hit me he was gone. As the day went on some of his friends would text or call and we would talk about Jason the good and the not so good. But all in all we were feeling the loss and pain of a life. On Jason’s last day alive I got some wonderful news at work. I’m up for an award for an ad that I worked on. We’re Jason’s world was the lowest and darkest of his. One person’s perfect day can be the worst day for someone else. Two things that […]
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Q & A Part #2

After writing this column for six years now; I have come to the realization that I have an eclectic, eccentric, out-ofthe-box thinking, and a down right weird following. In the past few weeks I have gotten many emails with the subject line reading “Question”, “Just Wondering” or “A Quick Question” So I think it’s that time again that I share a few of those questions along with my reply. And some are just too funny not to share. Question #1: I know you wouldn’t be a bird, but if you could be an animal what would you be? Answer: Wow, Um… I guess I would be a chimpanzee. I have always loved chimpanzee, monkeys, and orangutans. I have been known to spend some serious time watching them at the zoo. You get to swing from vines, sleep in treetops, and eat the freshest fruit. What’s not to love? Question #2: What TV show do you have to watch? Answer: As I’m writing this I realize that I might watch way too much TV. But I really enjoy Bones, Glee, New Girl, Revenge, True Blood, Sherlock (BBC Version), The Office, Duck Dynasty, Robot Chicken, Revolution, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. Many of them I am […]
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Goodbye Grandma Tyler

Anybody who knew my grandmother, Bernice Tyler, knew that she was an opinionated and strong-willed person. But, she also had a caring side and did a lot of volunteer work at the Poynette Area Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and was involved in her church. As the news sunk in that my grandma had passed away, I began to think of the happy, good and even funny times that I had with her. I would like to share a few of those with you. Like so many times, we went over to the house in Arlington. She would let us create stuff with her scraps in her very own craft room. That’s right – she had a craft room before Martha Stewart made it popular. On many of those visits, she would have the radio on and tuned to WIBU. She also would call in and request that they play the chicken dance. When that song would play over the airwaves, we would drop what we were doing and dance to the song. When it was over, we would just pick up were we left off on our craft creations. In fact, the radio station created a policy that limited how […]
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Fear + Pain = The Dentist

Nobody likes going to the dentist. I, for one, have never been a fan of the profession. A few months back, I broke a part of a tooth while eating a Waldorf salad. I couldn’t really eat anything and at times it was very painful. I tried to live with the pain for a while, but I had reached my breaking point and called DeForest Dental Services to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Jerry Corcoran. I really don’t know why I don’t like going to the dentist. Maybe it’s the smell of the disinfectant that they use or the noise of the drill. Or it could be that when I was a small child, I had a Dr. Orin Scrivello (played by Steve Martin in the movie “Little Shop of Horrors”) type of dentist. It could be one or all of the above. Let’s just say it’s not my favorite place to be at. After my consultation visit with the very nice Dr. Corcoran, he told me that the time had come that I was going to need a root canal. This would be my first and I was scared to death. Dr. Corcoran informed me that I would […]
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