He's Not Perfect. He's Only an Ordinary Joe.

Strange Days

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 13, 2021 - Features, Music, Sports
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The musical group The Doors once had a song called “People Are Strange”. I dunno, but I feel like not only people but virtually everything is strange. I went to the grocery yesterday. It was odd being around so many people without masks. I have been around Dr. Kildare look-alikes for so long that I […]

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Being Smart and Being Wise

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 6, 2021 - Features, Sports
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“You’re so smart.” Back in the near medieval days of the 1970s when smartphones look like contraptions from 2001: A Space Odyssey and when people wrote letters rather than tweets, I heard that phrase from countless teachers as well as the meanies who gave me wedgies in the boys’ lavatory. Actually, I’m not that smart. […]

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What to Do During My Vacation

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 30, 2021 - Features
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January 2 to Memorial Day is what I call the “all work and no play” portion of the year. There are no federal holidays except for Martin Luther King and Presidents Day (and pretty much only history buffs and political scientists pay attention to Presidents Day). Even worse, the weather is more often than not […]

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An Appreciation of Time Wasting Space Movies and TV Programs

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 23, 2021 - Features, Flicks, TV
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Let’s talk about not sex (sorry, dirty old geezers) but rather space. I just read an article about movies dealing with the Final Frontier. While I enjoy watching the classics like the original Star Wars and the films aimed for the discriminating sci-fi intellectuals like 2001: A Space Odyssey, I am a connoisseur of those […]

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May Showers

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 16, 2021 - Features
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I am rather downcast this morning. It’s the middle of May, and it is raining. Next to June, May is my most favorite month of the year. It is the time of graduations, the Memorial Day weekend, backyard barbecues, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Indianapolis 500, the PGA tournament (formerly held in August), and […]

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Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2021

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 8, 2021 - Features
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About this time, I give an address to the graduates. Here are my words of wisdom for the Class of 2021: This is not one of those “meaning of life” orations. If you are an blithe optimist, you will believe that life is terrific and you will make lemonade or even Dom Perignon champagne on […]

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Place Your Bets! 2021 Kentucky Derby

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 30, 2021 - Features, Sports
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The sound of a bugle, the garland of roses, the chirps of cardinals, the smell of fresh manure and even fresher bourbon, the bacchanalian antics of drunk partygoers, the curses of thousands of broken down gamblers betting their last two dollars on two-bit colts limping off to the glue factory–it’s Kentucky Derby time! One question […]

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Maybe Not a Perfect Ten but a Perfect Ten to Me! Happy Birthday to the Soapbox!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 25, 2021 - Features, Space, Writing
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Yahoo, woohoo, cock-a-doodle-doo, dispy-doo, and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-doo! It’s time to celebrate, boogie down, hula, rhumba, shimmy shimmy ko-ko-bop, do the hustle and the twist and the Batusi, and even waltz across Texas and Texas City, Illinois! An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox is celebrating its tenth birthday! As I wrote in my last post, I enjoy blog writing […]

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Ten Years After

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 18, 2021 - Features, Politics, Sports, Writing
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One of the groups that performed at the Woodstock concert in 1969 was Ten Years After. While I was thinking up something to write this morning, I was surprised to discover that I have been blogging for ten years. Much has changed over the past decade. I moved into a new house, wrote several books […]

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Taking Down Pro Wrestling and MMA

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 11, 2021 - Features, Sports
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It’s Wrestlemania weekend! A few years ago, I was a huge fan of pro wrestling because it would combine psuedo-gladiatorial violence with Three Stooges-like pratfalls. I especially liked the interview segments in which wrestlers would describe in the most graphic detail how they would devastate their opponents. It was trash talk at its most trashiest, […]

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