Category: Features

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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An Ordinary Joe Classic: My Easter Parade Plus an Easter Poem

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 4, 2021 - Features
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It’s Easter! Since the weather is so perfect for me and the Easter bunny to have some egg nog–whoops, wrong holiday, I am not in the mood to write about Easter. Instead, I am reissuing a classic post I did several years ago about my Easter parade. I hope you will enjoy it while you […]

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Spring Pickup Lines

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 28, 2021 - Features
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Spring is here. Wa-hoo! Alfred, Lord Tennyson once said that a “young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” As a public service (heh, heh, heh), I have created some pickup lines for young men–as well as dirty old geezers who think they are young–during the spring months. I can’t guarantee success, but at […]

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I Have Been Forgetful

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 21, 2021 - Features, Sports, Writing
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My, my, I have been forgetful lately. This week, I forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t get a chance to drink green beer and Shamrock Shakes, sing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, and watch Leprechaun movies. Nor did I get a chance to write limericks. I believe limericks are a seriously underrated literary […]

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Have You Noticed in March

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 7, 2021 - Features
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I am going to do something I haven’t done in a long time–a Have You Noticed post! Have you noticed that it feels strange having a snowstorm during March? Have you noticed that during March, you get a little spring in your–well, never mind. Have you noticed that you still feel behind when you move […]

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A Forward Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 28, 2021 - Features, Sports, TV
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February is coming to an end. As Joe E. Brown said in Some Like It Hot, “Wow-wee!” Now I can look forward to: –The NCAA Final Four. Perhaps the greatest sports tournament because it is not too small like the NCAA football championship tournament or interminably too long like the Stanley Cup. It will be […]

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