Sep 16 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #94

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Why carry a handkerchief? #94: If you buy your wife a turtle sundae, she will share it with you and drip a bit if ice cream on your chin.

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Sep 11 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #95

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Why carry a handkerchief?  Reason 95: You might have to run back into a burning building and save lives.

Here’s the tale of the “Man in the Red Bandanna.”

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Sep 08 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #96

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Why carry a handkerchief? Reason 96: If you eat cutting-grass out in the jungle and haven’t a napkin, you can still wipe your hands.

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Sep 01 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #97

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Why carry a handkerchief? Reason 97: When your son drops yellow doughnut sprinkles on the Xterra’s right seat, you need to clean the seat.

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Aug 27 2014

I Call Waist Gun!

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One of our favourite manly traditions is the calling of the front seat.  Men and boys all over the English-speaking world can be found racing out of doors shouting, “Shotgun!”  At our house, though, the mom and dad always take up the left seat and shotgun positions, leaving only the middle and back row positions open, but alas! those seats have no awesome nickname or protocol for calling them.

So we have adapted the shotgun protocol to the exigencies of our mini-van.  In honour of World War II bomber crews, we have christened our two middle row positions “waist gun” and our three rear positions, “tail gun.”  Our boys and girl may daily be found sprinting out the front door shouting, “waist gun!” “tail gun!” and that’s just the way we like it.

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Aug 21 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #98

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Why carry a handkerchief? Reason 98: Whilst changing guitar strings, you might prick your finger on a string and have to wipe off the blood.

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Aug 17 2014

Twitter and Me, Me, Me

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We have been given the gift of clarity — clarity about the problem with “Social Media” — and of all the things that could have given us this gift, it was a church sign. The church sign read, “Thankful for all those who gave their lives serving God and Country,” and while we wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, it occurs to us that the sentence reads just like a tweet and thus, we worry that the sign-writer is overly influenced by Twitter.  O.k., fine…

Maybe we are annoyed because this is an incomplete sentence.  Maybe we extend some grace because we note that the guy is limited by the number of those pesky letters that will fit on the sign (and worried about the ones that will fall out).

Then, with a modicum of thought, we notice that we can shorten the sentence.  Our sign would read, “Thank you to all those who gave their lives serving God and Country.” And here is where we see our problem.  We have realized that the greater issue here is that the first version of the sentence (“Thankful for…”) has the wrong subject!  The focus in that sentence is the author and his feelings, instead of where it should be, on those who gave their lives.

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Aug 01 2014

Why a Handkerchief? #99

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Why carry a Handkerchief? Reason 99: You might drop a bullet in the mud and then you need to wipe it clean before firing it.

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May 12 2014

When the Spell Checker Lets You Down…

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When the spell-checker doesn't help.

When the spell checker lets you down…

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May 05 2014

I Know the Rules Say…

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What K says: “I know the rules say I can’t hit you in the head, but I probably will anyway.”

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