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A Ramblin Man Moves On

  I entered the blogosphere as a ramblin man, framing myself as the guy who had managed to live in almost 20 places in his lifetime and always had something to say. Ramblin from place to place.  Ramblin thoughts.  A ramblin man.  Clever, I thought.  I would share various ramblin thoughts on a blog by the …

Dreaming of the Perfect Christmas

My 2013 Christmas season was definitely not perfect. We got a really late start putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. We traveled hundreds of miles and slept in eight different beds. On the road, it was hard to fix or find “good” food, and I put on a few extra pounds. My brother, Bruce, …

My Tomatoes

At the prodding of a friend, we decided to build a raised bed garden in our side yard. I really didn’t have to be prodded much, since I love fresh garden vegetables, especially tomatoes. This love goes back to summers of my childhood spend on my grandparent’s farm in Murfreesboro, TN, where sliced garden tomatoes …

Who Needs Another Blog Post?

What?  Someone else just launched a blog?  Make that blog number 164,586,782.  Someone just published a book?  Great!  Now, there are ONLY 138,461,822 books in the world.  Come on?  Do we really need someone else writing a book?  Do we really need someone else launching a blog (he asks in a blog post!)? Hasn’t everything …

How to buy a house for under $10,000

Let me give you a few key tips for buying a house for under $10,000:   1.  Look for a real estate agent who does side work as a comedian. That is the only place where he/she will make money from your home sale.   2.  Start selling furniture in your current house that will …

Storage Wars: Alabama

My son-in-law, Jeff, first put me on to the show.  Storage Wars.  One episode, and I was hooked.  The concept is simple and compelling.  The cameras follow four featured “buyers” who go to auctions at storage facilities.  When storage facilities have customers who stop paying their unit rentals for several months, their units are sold …

Knocks on our front door

Can I mow your lawn? (Actually, I already told “Kathy” up the street that she could mow the lawn. Thanks anyway.) The flapper on our toilet isn’t working right. I bought a new one, and I was wondering if you could help me put it in? (A few minutes and a few stories later, that …