Category: Features

May Writer’s Block

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 18, 2019 - Features, Flicks, Politics, Sports, TV, Writing
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Once again, I am at a loss of words. This time, I am suffering from “May Writer’s Block”. Next to June, May is my favorite month of the year. The winter chill is over, and the oppressive heat of summer is still a couple of months away. Flowers are blooming in the neighborhood gardens. Talking […]

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A Few Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2019

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 11, 2019 - Features, Little Depression
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This is my annual post in which I give a few words of wisdom–actually, wisdumb–to graduating students. Unlike most graduation speakers, I am not going to bore you with a philosophical discourse on the meaning of life If you want to learn some philosophy, you don’t have to read Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas […]

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Place Your Bets! 2019 Kentucky Derby

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 4, 2019 - 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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No Jeopardy! for Me

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 28, 2019 - Features, TV
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Ever heard of James Holzhauer? He is the quiz whiz who is crushing the competition on Jeopardy! Oddly, he is not a high tech wizard, a rocket scientist, a Harvard professor, or even a tycoon. Instead, he is a professional gambler, proving that the wise guys and gals you meet at the track or the […]

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Eight Is Not Enough–The Soapbox Celebrates Another Anniversary!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 21, 2019 - Features, Writing
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This is a special time–it is Easter and Passover. My wife loves both holidays, and we have been quite busy cleaning the house and cooking feasts. So I want to wish a Happy Easter and Passover to my Christian and Jewish readers. In addition, this is the eighth anniversary of this blog! My life seems […]

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So I Wanted to Be a Librarian. . . .

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 13, 2019 - Books, Features, Jobs
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National Library Week ends today. My name is Ordinary Joe, and I am a recovering librarian. I didn’t become a librarian because I loved shelving books, smelling the odor of musty documents in the morning, or saying “Shh!” to noisy patrons. Nor was it because I fantasized about becoming the second coming of Melvil Dewey […]

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A Question and Answer Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 7, 2019 - Features, Politics, Sports
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A couple of days ago, my great friend, Al Tureeegogh, stopped by my place and asked me a bunch of questions. In this post, I will try to answer a few of them: 1. Are you glad spring has finally come? Of course. This past winter was long and unusually cold–I froze my gluteus maximus […]

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Schoolwork Before Pleasure–My Spring Break Memories

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 24, 2019 - Features
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Because of a slowdown in work, I’m on an unofficial spring break until next Wednesday. Unfortunately, I don’t have any juicy spring break stories from my college days so many eons ago. I didn’t waste away with Jimmy Buffett in Margaritaville; I didn’t watch wet T shirt and bikini contests; I didn’t get a suntan, […]

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It’s Great to be Irish–And Great to Write Naughty Limericks

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 17, 2019 - Features
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Yahoo! It’s St. Patrick’s Day! As a man who has quite a few ancestors from the Emerald Isle, I would like to list some of the reasons it is great to be Irish, especially on St. Patrick’s Day: Leprechauns. Leprechaun movies (like Plan Nine from Outer Space, Yongary Monster From the Deep, and Santa Claus […]

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March: The Good, The Bad, and That Purgatorial Feel

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 3, 2019 - Features, Sports, Writing
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February is over. Yahoo. This past February had been one lousy month for me. I had to spend $800 for car repairs thanks to a busted alternator and another $200 to patch up my driveway. As usual, the weather has been relentlessly awful. About the only time I got out of the house was when […]

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