The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Call the Cultbusters!
November 28, 2014 08:00AM
- Ask Mr. Postal Service Person
November 27, 2014 11:27AM
- Where Are the Karens of
November 26, 2014 12:59PM
- The Old Curmudgeon Gets the
November 25, 2014 09:04PM
- For One Business, Black Friday
is Grimmer Than Most
November 25, 2014 01:07PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I got in an elevator
with a mail man once who gave
out a big
sigh and I said
November 27, 2014 03:01PM
- “Forget Simon &
Garfunkel, sing a truck in'
song like "Six
Days on the
November 26, 2014 07:37PM
- “We had Fredegonde for
dinner last night!”
November 26, 2014 06:04PM
- “And Mabel--”
November 26, 2014 05:24PM
- “No, did she lose
November 26, 2014 01:18PM
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Did your daughter just shave her head? Has the little woman started getting mail from The Rosicrucians? Call the Cultbusters now, before it’s too late!
Our daughter Francine had a wonderful job as Fulton County Assistant Sealer of Weights and Measures when… Read full post »
Everybody loves the daily walk down to the mailbox this time of the year, when it’s chock full of greeting cards and catalogs that cause Mr. Postal Service severe back pain and make him just a tad bit snippy.
The US Postal Service is here to serve you, the people who… Read full post »
The Megans, the Caitlins, the Courtneys
come blissfully marching along.
I know if I wait then shortly
they’ll be followed by a Siobhan.
Where are the Nancys and Deborahs
I knew so long ago?
I seem to recall lots of Barbaras
and a Karen or three or mo’.
Somehow these… Read full post »
It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the only people you see coming into work in Boston are those who either have to be here–like me–or guys like my partner the Old Curmudgeon, whose wife can’t stand to have him around the house.
“Hey there, Bink,” I call to… Read full post »
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. This town of 68,000 in the suburbs west of Boston is home to Shopper’s World, the nation’s oldest shopping center. Once Thanksgiving dishes are done and locals have woken from tryptophan-induced slumbers, it becomes ground zero for “Black Friday,”… Read full post »
FREDONIA, New York. Time seems to stand still in this village in western New York, and the calendar is stuck on 1933. It was in that year that the Marx Brothers movie “Duck Soup” was released, bringing notoriety to the previously-obscure European nation of Freed… Read full post »
BEVERLY HILLS, California. Along Rodeo Drive, the Mecca of luxury shopping west of the Mississippi, a transformation of sorts is taking place. “We see people turning to materialism in a time of spiritual turmoil,” says Fendi store owner Mishawn Tribush. “Shopping c… Read full post »
Review of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson
by Richard Norton Smith, The New York Times Book Review
&ldqu… Read full post »
Endgame, Frank Brady
Fischer: “That is one bitchin’ coo… Read full post »
NANTUCKET, Mass. This former whaling island is now the mailing address of some of America’s most spectactular vacation homes, a fact that rankles long-time residents but warms the heart of Chuck Brznarik, executive director of the National Association of Private Plane Owners (NAPPO), a trade gr… Read full post »
Even though everyone reading this post is an animal, many people carry myths about animals around in their heads. How’s your Animal IQ? Take the Animal Mythbusters true-false test and find out!
Chickens have shoulders. True. Contrary to popular be… Read full post »
There are so many stories of Benny Goodman’s absorption in himself and in his music that they could fill a chapter in a biography. Rehearsing at his home on a cold winter day the singer Helen Ward complained that the house wasn’t warm enough. “You’re right,”… Read full post »
NEW YORK. Safra Cohen is a lowly first-year associate at a corporate law firm with offices in mid-town Manhattan who has spent her first six months on the job as the junior member of a team working on a billion-dollar merger. Her office is furnished with a standard-issue desk and file… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Transportation Security Agency, the arm of the federal government that protects the nation’s transportation systems, today issued its holiday survey of articles most likely to be seized during mandatory passenger searches, singling out snack-size bags of cookies and chips a… Read full post »
VATICAN CITY. Abandoning centuries of dogma in his continuing drive to liberalize church policies, Pope Francis I today issued an encyclical that approves the limbo, a Caribbean dance, at parties for Catholic teenagers.
“Limbo lower now!”
“There is re… Read full post »
DULUTH, Minnesota, AP. Walter “Bug” Bujkowski, a football innovator credited with the invention of the shovel pass and the tackle-eligible play, died in his sleep last night of congestive heart failure. He was 97.
One of the game’s early visionari… Read full post »
It had been, for several years, a nagging problem; a high-pitched ringing in my ears that never seemed to stop. I attributed it to the barrage of noises I’m subjected to every day–squealing trolley wheels, urban traffic–or maybe to my misspent youth as keyboard man for crappy teen b… Read full post »
ELK GROVE, Illinois. The American Academy of Pediatrics today recommended that all soccer players under the age of 24 wear helmets while playing or practicing to avoid injuries from “headers,” the practice of hitting an airborne ball with one’s head in order to pass or sc… Read full post »
A mastery of poetry was a must for any young Viking. A few Viking poems dwelt on love, but the heroes often undermined their happiness by chasing adventures that separated them from their beloveds.
&n… Read full post »
Do you have limp, drab-looking hair? It may be because you subscribe to common hair-care myths that styling professionals and hair-care scientists have debunked through careful study of magazines lying around in beauty parlors. Here are some of the most harmful hair-care superstition… Read full post »
BOSTON. It’s the first Thursday of November, the date scheduled for the monthly meeting of the 375 Marlborough Street Condominium Association, which governs a 15-unit brownstone on one of the most prestigious streets in town.
Sally Tyng, condo ass… Read full post »