Category: Writing

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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A Few of My Favorite Things I Am Missing

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 17, 2019 - Features, Writing
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This is a post about miss. Not the Swiss Miss (it tastes good this time of year) or the Miss America pageant (I wrote about that last year) or a swing and a miss (baseball season is still a month and a half away, though spring training games will be starting in a couple of […]

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An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox Tradition–Horrible Holiday Poems

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 9, 2018 - Features, Poems, Writing
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Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is almost here. This is the time of the year when people celebrate their traditions like decorating Christmas trees, watching the annual broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life, singing “Jingle Bells” in the neighborhoods, buying Clappers and Chia pets for presents, drinking spiked eggnog at company parties, and watching crazy uncles […]

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A Poem–To Blog or Not to Blog? Also, a Few Words About George H.W. Bush

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 2, 2018 - Features, Politics, Writing
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It’s Poetry Day at An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox! Here is a spur of the moment, stream-of-consciousness, free verse poem. It is about an issue I have been thinking about lately–whether I should get off my soapbox for good. Maybe I should quit blogging. Hardly anyone reads An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox Anymore. Everyone seems To be […]

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A Nation of Jerks

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 2, 2018 - Extraordinary Margie, Features, Politics, Sports, TV, Writing
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It’s a fad, fad, fad, fad world. Some fads become beloved institutions like Mickey Mouse, Beatles and Elvis music, WWE wrestling, surfing, and laptop computers. Other fads go and come back like 3-D movies, vinyl records, Quisp cereal, McRib sandwiches, Pac-Man, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman. And then there are some fads […]

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A Stream of Consciousness Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 22, 2017 - Features, Flicks, Jobs, Politics, Sports, Stream of Consciouness, Writing
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Chicago Art Department via Foter.com / CC BY I am doing something different this week–a stream of consciousness post. It will feature some of the thoughts that have been rattling my brain over the past few weeks. It may sound like gibberish or the musings of someone who had too much wacky tobacky (I don’t […]

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Once Again, At a Loss for Words

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 9, 2017 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Love, Music, Politics, Sports, Writing
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▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓ via Foter.com / CC BY-SA About this time last year, I wrote a post called “A Loss for Words”. Guess what? I am at a loss for words again. Because I am nearly as mute as Harpo Marx, I’m not going to write about: Independence Day–It was too short of a holiday. […]

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“Since June 2016 (Very Bizarre)”-A Poem from the Ordinary Joe

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 10, 2017 - Features, Poems, The Big 55, Writing
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Thomas Hawk via Foter.com / CC BY-NC I’m back! Thanks to Al Tureegogh for holding down this fort while I took a little break from the soapbox. I didn’t go anywhere but I thought it was time for Tureegogh to blather some words of wisdom or wisdumb if you prefer. At the end of June, […]

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Where Art Thou Ordinary Joe? Guest Post by Al Tureegogh

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 3, 2017 - Al Tureegogh, Flicks, Politics, Writing
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AshtonPal via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Where art thou, oh where art thou, Ordinary Joe? Hi, this is Al Tureegogh, Ordinary Joe’s good friend. I’ve been searching high and low for the Ordinary Joe, but he is nowhere to be found this week. Maybe he is taking a vacation. He has admitted to me that […]

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Books That Turn Me Off

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 29, 2017 - Books, Features, Writing
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While trying to find a topic to expound on this week, I noticed a lot of bloggers were writing about the same subject–the books that turn them off. Even though I am a frustrated librarian/archivist who would rather read than eat, sleep, play the ponies, and even do the dirty deed (no, it’s not square […]

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