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The Perils of the Whiteboard

A Conversation “Let me draw it out for you.” “Careful, I used a Sharpie on the whiteboard.” “Let me try it.” “I’m just warning you.” “Yep, it’s an erasable pen.” “Are you sure?” “I just wiped it clean.” “Okay, but it’s a pain in the ass to get off.” “It’ll be fine.” “If you say so.” “We have this big pie.” “Yes.” “And we’ll color this slice red.” “Uh huh.” “And the rest blue.” “There’s…

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Just Take a Little Bite

A Conversation “I picked it fresh myself.” “It looks too red.” “The best things often look better than they are.” “And it seems a bit too shiny.” “I polished it up.” “Plus, I don’t see an apple tree around here.” “I found it at the apple tree outside the church.” “You were at church?” “I made confessional.” “And your swore off your sins?” “Most of them. A few I kept to myself.” “The priest let…

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

A Conversation “I took off work to be here.” “But the parties settled Friday.” “Its Monday. Why didn’t you call me?” “Did you get a text?” “No.” “Did you get an email?” “No.” “Did you call the system?” “Yes.” “Well, then you should have known we didn’t need you for jury duty.” “I only got a busy signal.” “So?” “You realize you’re phone system was broken all weekend?” “Yes, we’re working on that.”    …

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The Secret Behind Rap Music

“I think Rap music contains a secret message.” “Like, subliminal talk?” “The rhymes and beats loop around and around.” “The message strikes at injustice.” “It seems too easy.” “It’s protest music for this generation.” “Mine would repeat ‘a-hundred-dollar’ over and over again.” “Seems kind of shallow.” “Money in the bank, baby. Money in the bank.” Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings An Obvious Secret Feeding Your Muse with Music What We Have…

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Some Apricots Please

“We’re all out of bananas.” “Do you have any plums?” “Out of those too.” “What do you have?” “I personally like the apricots.” “Some of those then.” “What?” “Some apricots.” “Oh, we’re all out of apricots.” bd22d8a7dc9c1fb4 Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings March 31, 2017 Scribble A Salesman at the Outdoor Expo on the Virtues of Maple Syrup Scouting for the Cook Take a Bath, Already!

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An Obvious Secret

A Conversation “She really doesn’t know?” “I haven’t had time to tell her.” “Don’t you think she’d like to know?” “It’s not like I’m keeping a secret. I need to time it right.” “I would think the moment you’re gone she’ll know something’s up.” “I doubt she’ll even care.” “Is it possible you’ve already let her know?” “I don’t think so.” “Maybe, the wedding ring has given it away.” “This thing? Well, yeah, maybe.” Thanks…

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The Basement

I don’t know what it is about that toaster, but this has to be the fifteenth time I’ve down here looking for the breaker. And, I’d have to forget my shoes. So, yes, I’m down here barefooted on the cold floor. Serves me right for not replacing it when she asked. Wait a minute. The breaker box is gone. Am I in the right basement? Nuts. Where else would I be? The light beam vanishes…

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Buddy, The Rottweiler, and Charlie, the Dachshund, Find a Snack

A Conversation “It’s really only a matter of time before they take that away.” “Nah, they don’t even see me.” “They seem to know when you’re into something you’re not supposed to be in.” “It’s the silence. Go make some noise. Scratch your crotch or something.” “It doesn’t itch.” “Don’t just stand there watching me. Go somewhere else.” “I can’t. It’s so fascinating.” “In what way?” “How you can get that whole thing in your…

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A Salesman at the Outdoor Expo on the Virtues of Maple Syrup

A Conversation “You should live in Vermont.” “Why would I want to do that?” “Vermont is a nice place for wildness.” “Nine months of snow, two months of mosquitoes, and only two tolerant months.” “There’s all the maple syrup you can eat.” “I don’t even like pancakes.” “Maybe you should try a stack with some real maple syrup.” “You know what I do with my maple syrup now?” “No.” “I buy a bottle every three years…

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Did I Mention

Voice One: “The big highway interchange in Mission Valley was designed by the grandfather.” Voice Two: “I doubt it.” Voice One: “He surveyed the whole thing and figured out where everything needed to go.” Voice Two: “I think you’re mistaken.” Voice One: “I have his surveying notes.” Voice Two: “He worked for the City of San Diego but I don’t think he had anything to do with it.” Voice One: “Did I mention my dead…

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