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Adventures In Optimistic Pessimism

Adventures In Optimistic Pessimism

By on Dec 31, 2017 in ROUTE 66 | 0 comments

On several occasions I have alluded to an old cowhand that I worked with on a ranch along the Mimbres River in southern New Mexico. To say the very least, he had a very unique philosophy for life. As an example, he often referred to himself as “an optimistic pessimist” who started every day meditating on all of the things that could happen or go wrong....

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Plight Of The Technologically Impaired

Plight Of The Technologically Impaired

By on Dec 26, 2017 in ROUTE 66 | 0 comments

Do you remember when telephones were a device used to make calls? Do you remember getting change to use the pay phone? Do you remember using checks to pay bills? Do you remember using wind wings and cowl vents to offer a bit of respite from the summer heat when driving? Do you remember sipping a cold beer and playing pong on a table top device? Do you remember...

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It’s A Festivus Miracle

It’s A Festivus Miracle

By on Dec 15, 2017 in ROUTE 66 | 0 comments

Next week I promise to get into the proper holiday spirit. Today, however, Festivus just seems appropriate. It has been, to say the very least, a most interesting week. It has also been a week of almost miraculous accomplishments starting with Reedy Press, publisher of my latest book. As you may recall, several weeks ago the company’s shipping center and...

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Ghost Of Christmas Future (A Look Toward 2018)

Ghost Of Christmas Future (A Look Toward 2018)

By on Dec 9, 2017 in ROUTE 66 | 0 comments

We used to call it Needless, California. I still often quip that Needles, California isn’t Hell but if you squint hard, especially in August, you can see it. However, in all fairness there is more than meets the eye in this well worn, sun baked old town steeped in history. On December 22, if all goes as planned, we will highlight a few of the surprises, and...

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Colorful Characters, Neon Nights, Grand Adventures & Good Friends

Colorful Characters, Neon Nights, Grand Adventures & Good Friends

By on Dec 2, 2017 in ROUTE 66 | 0 comments

Some people fear death and obsess about diet, exercise, and face lifts as they make valiant but futile attempts to stave off the inevitable.  As a result, to borrow a slogan from Belmont Winery in Leasburg, Missouri,  they don’t have time to enjoy the simple taste of life. Work alcoholics suffer a similar malady. One of the greatest challenges in this life is...

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