Shane’s Excellent New Words: NIMBY versus YIMBY, though not to neglect BANANA

Now I'm hiding in Honduras I'm a desperate man Send lawyers, guns and money The shit has hit the fan -- Warren Zevon "Shane's Excellent New Words" was a...

Welcome to Nawbany, Episode 2: Knee deep in the hoopla

Roger has removed himself from active involvement in the local resistance movement because the retaliation isn’t worth it. But sometimes the sheer vapid inanity...

ON THE AVENUES: A design for life

Originally written in 2016, lightly edited here. Throughout my decidedly mediocre high school basketball career, members of the coaching staff often administered what they surely...

Diary: Jerry Sandusky is not allowed to rewrite his heinous narrative

I’ve been thinking about Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky is in prison, and his earliest...

Diary: Maybe I’m just having a bad week, or month, or…

I can't recall a time in my life when "retirement" made sense. If you're doing what you love, as I mostly have, then why...

EXILE ON SPRING STREET: In defense of godlessness in everyday life

After much thought, I've decided to retire the "On the Avenues" identifier after all. As we enter 2022, OTA becomes "Exile on Spring Street."  Until...

On Memorial Day, I’d prefer DRINKING beer

A few year ago at a bar I frequented, one of the younger 30-something employees was pushing hard for a Memorial Day promotion to...

The Weekly Wad lives on in the minds of malcontents everywhere

I've expended quite a few words to explain why I try to keep high school memories at arm’s length. At the same time, formative...

Diary for 24 July 2021: Oversight of government entities? By the News and Tribune?

Let's begin by defining our terms for those just tuning in. The News and Tribune (N&T) is a six-day (Monday through Saturday) daily newspaper serving...

Diary: Even I have to admit the parade manages to slow traffic

The Harvest Homecoming parade returns today after a year's COVID layoff. Those of you who know me well understand the depth of my love-hate...

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40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 45): The Silo and Oertels, as well...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 44): Life becoming a landslide (1992-93). Author's note: I've chosen to keep this installment as a single...

40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 44): Life becoming a landslide (1992-93)

Previously: 40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 43): Facing the music at Rich O’s in 1992. By the late summer of 1992, a routine had...

Diary: When you personally experience ageism, that’s when you know it’s real

I’ll remember the winter of ’23-’24 as a difficult time for me – professionally, not personally. This turbulence, which seems to be gradually receding as...