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Bozoette
Philly-ish
Aging hippie, married 35 years, with a son who's in law school.
Interests: Online journaling, origami, scrapbooking, juggling and circus arts, technical communication, Washington Capitals hockey, Zentangle
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A bit of flash fiction, based on a true event. The entire cornfield was gone, decimated by rifle shot and cannon. The lone Confederate soldier, gray uniform tattered and streaked with blood, stared across the ragged stumps of corn, amazed at the sight. The battle had lasted three hours, three horror-filled, bloody hours. He couldn’t remember how it ended. All he remembered was the general yelling “Fire!” And so he had. He shouldered his rifle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Red Nose
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So. I had my regularly-scheduled bloodwork and CT scans, which keep an eye on my small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). The bloodwork came back fine -- my absolute lymphs are slightly high, but that's it. Good to go for bloodwork! My CT scans (neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis) show that my zillions of enlarged lymph nodes haven't gotten bigger and are unchanged when compared to my previous CT scans. Yay scans! But. I'm having multiple hot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Red Nose
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Well. Once again, a deranged man with an arsenal has murdered people. How many will it take before we stop sending thoughts and prayers and start determining how we can stop these terrorists? And yes, I believe that these people are terrorists. They cause terror; their sole purpose is to kill as many people -- men, women, children -- as they can. I do not give a shit whether they are affiliated with a radical... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Red Nose
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Welcome to October 1, the first day of Horrordailies! For this challenge, you're supposed to write about Hallowe'en or other scary stuff. I need yet another jumpstart on my blogging efforts, so what the hell. So let's talk about Hallowe'en! When I was a kid, Hallowe'en was the next best thing to heaven. I loved planning my costume, wandering around the neighborhood, and collecting all that fabulous candy. Because, my friends, back in My Day,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Red Nose
Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss? Does chatting with a server count? If so, then today. 2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Red Nose
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Joe and I were driving to lunch the other day when we got held up slightly by a gaggle of police cars blocking off the left lane at the point where the two-lane road went under the SEPTA tracks. The reason was obvious -- the driver of a rented Penske truck miscalculated the height of the underpass and the back of the truck slammed into the underside of the bridge and got stuck. I snapped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Red Nose
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Here is the letter that started my clown career. M.B. Kellner was the "Matthew" in "George Matthew's Great London Circus," the owner's son. Let's dig a little deeper into the specifics of this offer. Room A bunk in the band bus. The band bus was formerly a school bus, but the front part with the engine and driver's seat had been cut off and a fifth-wheel doohickey attached. A partition in the middle of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Red Nose
The lovely and talented Bev Sykes has taken over running Sunday Stealing. I am late in congratulating her and wishing her lots of success, so I am hereby doing this week's edition, which has a music theme! I've also provided links so you can hear my choices, if that blows your skirt up. Here we go! 1: A song you like with a color in the title: Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones 2:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Red Nose
I haven't done a Saturday 9 in a while, so here we go! Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down (2017) ... because Smellyann recommended Fastball Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals? No, I didn't have to memorize the state capitals for school, but my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Red Nose
I've been off work for the last week; I go back to work tomorrow. Bah. Anyway, we went down to Ocean City last Sunday for the week. Of course, it was wonderful, even though I only went down to the actual beach twice. And even then, I only went down to take short walks along the water. I didn't really swim or sunbathe. But you know what? It was fine. The weather was really hot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Red Nose
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Joe and I celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary today! Every year since I started writing this journal/online diary/blog, I've written about our wedding in one way or another. This year, I'm going to put down the choruses to two songs that pretty much sum the past 37 years. Happy anniversary Joe! In spite of ourselves We'll end up a'sittin' on a rainbow Against all odds Honey, we're the big door prize We're gonna spite our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Red Nose
So, here's an interesting article from the Washington Post, on driving while high on reefer. Evidently there's no breathalyzer equivalent for pot; to determine how much THC is roaming around in a person, you have to do a blood test. I would like to modestly propose some additions to the standard field sobriety tests that might help police officers decide if a person is too high to drive without having to resort to a blood... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Red Nose
I've made a bit of progress on "The Sequel"; Camp NaNoWriMo really did get me going! And I'm still going! Perhaps I will finish it after all. I mean, it's only been 13 years since I started it. Anyway, I decided I'd fiction up another episode from my sordid circus history -- the time I almost got busted on the way to Natchez, Mississippi. I was sure, absolutely sure, that I must have written about... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Red Nose
I've been stewing over this article from the New York Times for a whole damn week. Go ahead and read it; it's short. I'll wait. Here's the gist: When elders -- Boomers in particular, but also Gen-Xers -- use social media, they become stupid and childish. Or, maybe it's that they remain stupid and childish, like the young people who use social media. Apparently we are supposed to be wise and serious, as opposed to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Red Nose
So, my friends on Facebook may know that Joe had arthroscopic shoulder surgery last Friday. He came through the surgery beautifully and is even now taking his first shower since the surgery. I know he'll feel immeasurably better after that. Right after the surgery was done, the surgeon came out to tell me that all was well. She showed me many technicolor photographs of his shoulder and described exactly what she did, but I'll be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Red Nose
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I was idly googling around a few days ago, procrastinating on Camp NaNoWriMo, when I thought I might see what would pop up for "George Matthews Great London Circus." And what to my wondering eyes should appear but a link to Ivan Henry's circus blog. I clicked and there it was -- the route card for 1976, my First of May year in the circus biz. Just looking at it brought a flood of memories...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Red Nose
I have no clue why this Sunday's meme is called Cannon Fodder -- maybe because they're kind of scattershot? Anyway, here we go! 1. Is there someone you'd like to be kissing right now? Well, I always want to be kissing Joe. So, yes! 2. When you're being extremely quiet, what does it mean? I'm either concentrating on something or I'm very tired. 3. What are you listening to right now? The Carolina Hurricanes versus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Red Nose
Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. Yeah, once more into the breech, my friends, with good intentions, a red pen, a new laptop, and an old journal full of ideas and scribblings. I have finally gotten a bug up my butt to finish do some solid work on the sequel to Girl Clown. (For now, the title is Circus Daze.) I made a halfhearted attempt last year -- one of my goals for 2016 was "Finish the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Red Nose
February has been music month -- we have gone to four concerts! Three were part of the subscription we have to the local community college's Lively Arts Series; one was a show at a really cool venue, the Ardmore Music Hall. (For my DC friends, this joint is a cross between the Birchmere and the late great Cellar Door. Yep, it's great!) Anyway, three were jazz, and all were very different sorts of jazz. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Red Nose
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Well, that was a nice, long break, wasn't it? Let's ease back into the swing of things with ten things I did in the last month. I had my first followup visit with my oncologist. Watchful waiting is still the order of the day -- yay! I'll be getting another suite of CT scans in April to check on the state of my lymph nodes. If all is well, the next checkup will be in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Red Nose
As of today, I have officially crossed the border into old-ness. According to this, I'm now a member of the "young old." I'm okay with it; it would be pretty sad if I weren't, wouldn't it? I mean, how would I resist? I can't call my member of Congress and demand that I stop growing older. One thing I've noticed is that I seem to be "cute" now. For example, Joe and I were eating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Red Nose
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I had a little bit of a tough time yesterday. I slept poorly, partly the result of a nagging, nasty backache that made turning over in bed a painful undertaking. I went through cycles of too hot, too cold, too hot, too cold. And, I stayed up too late. I seem to think that staying up later means that I'll sleep better, maybe straight through for six hours. It never happens that way and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Red Nose
I can't resist posting this video of the Great 8 scoring the 1000th point of his NHL career. What makes this clip even better is the announcing by John Walton, the radio voice of the Caps. "Good morning, good afternoon, and good night Pittsburgh!" Another angle of the #Ovech1Kin goal featuring @WaltonCaps' goal call. Chills. #CapsPens #RockTheRed pic.twitter.com/6Ua4JapOVX — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 12, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Red Nose
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Okay! Here's Part 2 of the End of the Year meme, courtesy of the lovely and talented Bev of Funny the World. I was going to post this last night, but Typepad wasn't cooperating. 26. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Um, that would be... can you guess?... going to Ireland. 27. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2016? No, but I drank more than I usually do, but even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Red Nose
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Because I used up my paid time off for my surgery, I had to work this week -- okay, only these last three days, but I am not used to this. Normally I take off this week. It's been very quiet; apparently everyone else in the company did not use up their PTO. Actually, our cube aisle was positively crowded -- three of us out of eight were in attendance. Of course, two of those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Red Nose