Category: Features

An Olympics for Klutzes

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 25, 2021 - Features, Sports
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It’s time for the hoopla over synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, handball, and water polo. The Olympic Games have begun in Tokyo, Japan. Way, way back in the days in which (Charles) Atlas was a muscleman and Hercules (aka Steve Reeves) was the greatest of Greek he-men, I had a fleeting interest in becoming an Olympic […]

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What Bugs Me–Mid-July

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 18, 2021 - Features, Sports, What Bugs ME
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I am going to do something I haven’t done in a long time–a What Bugs Me post. You know what bugs me in the middle of July? Bugs, of course. July is the time the pesky insects are everywhere. I especially hate going swimming in a public swimming pool and seeing hordes of dragon flies. […]

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Yuletide in July

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 11, 2021 - Features
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I recently read the Hallmark Channel is having a Christmas film fest this month. At first thought, I think it is a little odd celebrating the yuletide season in July. It seems incongruous hearing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and the Singing Dogs’ version of “Jingle Bells” on the radio, watching Rudolph and Dasher play […]

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Quotes for Independence Day

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 4, 2021 - Features
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Today is Independence Day! Time for fireworks, barbecues, and a dip in the pool. Also, I will be watching my favorite Revolutionary War move, the musical 1776. Even though 1776 is frequently as accurate as a Peabody cartoon, I like it immensely because it shows the Founding Fathers as occasionally bawdy men with enormous feet […]

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Poetry Day at the Soapbox

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 27, 2021 - Features, Poems, The Big 60, Writing
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It’s poetry day at the Soapbox! A few days ago, I celebrated my birthday. In honor of this occasion, I have written a poem entitled “Sixty Years Ago” Sixty years ago. . . John Kennedy was president. The first astronauts were in space. Gunsmoke and Wagon Train were on TV. June Cleaver did housework in […]

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More Signs That You Maybe an Old Fart on Your Birthday

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 23, 2021 - Features, Music, The Big 60, TV
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Today is a special day at the Soapbox. It’s my birthday! It is also my wedding anniversary! A couple of years ago, I wrote about the telltale signs that you may be an Old Fart on your birthday. Here are some more: –You can remember when Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger looked like […]

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An Ordinary Joe Soapbox Classic: A Great Man

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 20, 2021 - Features
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For all the dads out there, today is your day. In 1995, I wrote a tribute to my father on his 89th birthday. In honor of Father’s Day, I am reprinting this tribute: Today, I want to pay tribute to a great man. No, it isn’t George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Ulysses S. Grant. And […]

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June–The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 19, 2021 - Features, The Big 60
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. While I enjoy the holiday season and the annual appearance of Santa Claus, more and more the cold weather during Christmastime is like the Carpenter’s rainy days and Mondays–it always gets me down. I am tired of dressing like a Canadian arctic explorer, scraping […]

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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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