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• Neighbor siblings Ashtin and Austin bought a pot-bellied pig that became all belly. When she walks, her belly sometimes bounces off the ground. She makes me smile.
• Stop using “actually” !!!!!!!! I’m willing to bet you a hamburger you are over-using this totally unnecessary word… I actually think that’s true. And while I’m at it, throw “totally” in there or out… geez Doug, stop it!
• Suggested dancing competitions … waltzing in Heaven… quickstep in Hell… polka in between. Polka?
• I’m not good at figuring out what I’ve done wrong … but that doesn’t mean you’re any better.
• I find my miscalculations to be those of finesse and fine-tuning, while others make mistakes that are glaring and clumsy… ok this is where I would normally stick a smiley face if I were so inclined (and knew how to do it).
• Personal trainer, healthier foods, less alcohol… if I’m going, I’m going kicking and screaming.
• Always been interested in the concept of a personal trainer. After four sessions, I’ve concluded he’s a good investment because I don’t have any friends to work out with…I don’t know which way I mean that either.
• I didn’t officially end the sentence with “with” so I think I withed by. Since nearly everyone since (at least) Winston Churchill has been doing battle with with, when does colloquial usage grant us a free language pass to play with?
• Sigh … I’d apologize for the last paragraph but not sure how (to) … 🙂 … ok that’s not a smiley face but maybe a half a_ _ _ _ smile.
• Wow … how did people ever write before the grammatical rules of construction were blown up… they weren’t? nonsensical?, no such thing? S _ _ _ !
• I was such a goody-goody in High School, I said “fudge” and the coach thought I used a four letter word. He gathered the entire team around while he lectured me on the sins of swearing… walking away three teammates and the coach quietly acknowledged they were proud of me for showing such fire and inspiration.
• Lesson learned: fudge is for weenies and four-letter words are for men! … Coach was a nice man and good coach … he told me years later he knew I had (actually) said fudge but couldn’t take the chance others may have heard me … something to do with cred in the huddle.
• I keep forgetting that laughter will help reduce the sting of almost any problem.
• As soon as I said I was working on two novels, I wasn’t. Haven’t written a word in months … nothing … “writer’s block” implies a possible temporary condition but this seems to have advanced to a more permanent state.
• Five years ago I planted a small birch grove … two parchment birches are now sturdy enough to hold a hammock… it’s a cool and shady place to hangout. Maybe I’ll be inspired to write again … maybe not.
• My goal for today… call at least one friend to catch up and share a laugh… a frown from the mirror… a goal you haven’t met far too often, buddy.
Doug Mudford’s photo illustration by Michael Burke of Redding. Click here to see more Michael Burke photos.