One Man’s Trash….

One of the real joys of retirement is being able to wake up each morning naturally (or in my case by nature calling) without a screaming alarm clock jarring us into consciousness. Every morning except Monday, that is. Monday is the main garbage collection day and apparently everyone in our part of town subscribes to a different trash hauling company because they ...
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The Best Part Of Waking Up

I love coffee. I love the aroma of a fresh pot brewing in the morning. I can hardly wait for that sound our Mr.Coffee pot makes when it’s nearly done. (Sort of like the noise from several people all at once trying to suck the last delicious drop of a milkshake through a straw.) I must have at least two cups ...
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Just For Laughs

As I write this, it’s April Fools' Day. Not my favorite day of the year. Why? I don’t like being played the fool, that’s why. (Especially by furry rodents as per last week’s blog and my ongoing backyard battle) Spraying shaving cream into my hand after nodding off..then tickling my nose with a feather, is not funny,(You must let sleeping Dougs lie) nor is ...
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Birdman Of Walker Way

“Mommy, who is that guy that looks like Santa Claus and is always standing under his tree putting seeds in those green things?   Honey, that’s the 'Birdman of Walker Way'  I read about him on the internet. He’s always posting pictures of his hobby on Facebook. Oh so that’s Mr. Lalley? No, Honey, Mr. Lalley’s obsessed with bicycles. The Birdman is nuts ...
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Let’s Tie One On

In the summer of 1965, one of my jobs at Cotton & Company grain elevator in  Volga was to stuff 100 pounds of fluffy oat hulls into burlap bags..stitch them shut with a huge suspended sewing machine..stack them up five high on a wooden cart and wheel them into the warehouse.  Next to scooping out moldy grain from underneath the truck ...
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A Friendly Wave Goodbye

As I fired up the snowblower this morning to tackle the crusty mound of street snow piled high at the end of our driveway, I thought of Linda who flew off to sunny warm Arizona a week ago and felt a twinge of jealousy. All four of her sisters have gathered in Phoenix for a time of memory sharing..wine consuming ...
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Losing A Favorite Uncle

A former U.S. Presidential candidate from Sioux Falls has died. Robert L. Johnson passed away January 2nd  after a lengthy illness. He was 93. Wait..you don’t remember any Bob Johnson who made a bid for the White House? How about Johnson’s alter ego, Uncle Torvald? Red Stangland and Uncle Torvald in one of their many comedy performances. Johnson portrayed the exaggerated Norwegian buffoon character ...
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The Greatest Christmas Gift Of All

Alright, the title should have a disclaimer; "Other than the birth of Jesus." I see TBS is going to run one of my favorite movies of all time, A Christmas Story, 24 hours straight again beginning Christmas Eve. I'm glad. It's become a tradition and I expect my family and I will find time after the presents are open, wine has ...
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Twilight Flights. I’ll Drink To That

When Don South..owner of Strawbale Winery just west of Renner.. called recently inviting me and the Misses  to go for a nighttime helicopter ride over the city of Sioux Falls to see the lights, my first thought was.. is the helicopter big enough to safely lift my ample body aloft?  My second was, could I ever convince Linda with her ...
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To The Moon And Back

Well, I gotta tell ya, I checked out the celestial  light show last night and have to admit that I haven’t seen a moon that impressive and large since my nephew, Jay pointed his naked posterior out the open back window of a friend’s car while cruising the Sioux Falls loop in the 80’s.  (Jay..now a big movie star in ...
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