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Recurrent

You may have seen the story on the news this past weekend: adult parents—people presumably with the mental capacity to drive a car and vote and everything—who spend upwards of fifteen thousand dollars on a birthday party for their child. One lady was shown to have paid close to $40,000 (FORTY thousand!!) on a party for a four year old who would clearly rather have been somewhere else.

What struck me about the story most was that I’ve seen it before.

Every year.

All my life.

The Jeniuses Among Us

You have probably seen the commercial. To show how strong the deodorant is, they strap “meat ponchos” on three guys and then let them get chased down the street by timber wolves. The point is, apparently, that the guy who used the deodorant is not as appealing to the wolves and, presumably, will die last.

Are Consequences Consequential?

I found myself feeling sorry for Charlie Sheen this week. He’s got to be a confused man. On the one hand, he’s paid millions of dollars and receives untold accolades for playing a drunken, narcissistic letch whose only thought is for himself, whose every word is intended to insult someone so as to make himself feel better. And then they talk about sending him to rehab or even jail for acting the same way off the set. As soon as you can explain that to me, explain it to him.

"Some of the Time" releases this Friday!!

"Some of the Time", the sequel to "All the Time in Our World" will be released on Amazon's Kindle platform this Friday!

Garison Fitch’s grandson, Edward Garrett, and his young wife Marianne, have been living back in the twenty-first century for four years now. Marianne has won a gold medal at the Olympics ... and Edward? He’s been stuck in a dead-end job, dreaming of the days when he led armies and walked the lands of the far future with Marcus and Daniel.

Grab a Flashlight

The web is all abuzz about the impending filming of the next Batman movie. Christian Bale is back! Anne Hathaway is playing Catwoman! He'll probably have a cool car!

I watched "Batman" (with Adam West) growing up. Even had a toy Batmobile. Wondered what the Batcommode looked like. And then, I watched the Tim Burton movies and was surprised at what a good job Michael Keaton did as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I don't mean that as a slam against Keaton. He was just an out-of-leftfield choice (based on his previous work) who did an excellent job.

Where Have You Gone, _________?

Thirteen years ago, I had the odd occasion to interview a bright young woman. She was young and single at the time and very personable. At one point in the interview, I asked her what her plan for the future was and she said she was going to get married and have 6 kids.

Target Audience

I have the cheapest, fewest-functioned cell phone on the market. I want a phone that sends and receives calls and can be turned off. I don’t take pictures with it and I have no idea how to text with it.

So, most of the commercials on TV for new phones—and new phone features—are a turn OFF rather than otherwise. Especially the one for the—we’ll call it—Doorways® phone.

The commercial starts with a guy in bed, fiddling with his cell phone. In walks his wife, a well-built, attractive woman in a slinky black negligee. He never takes his eyes off the phone.

End of the Whirled

Just when I think I’m not going to be able to find anything to comment on this week, a friend sends me an article about how the world is going to end on May 21, 2011. The date for apocalypse has been discovered by a retired civil engineer named Harold Camping who lives in (of course) California.

To Change a Title

It has been brought to my attention that my novel "Psalm 88" has a title which doesn't tell the reader anything about the novel. Not only that, it may have mislead some readers into thinking it was actually a commentary on the 88th Psalm, which it isn't.

On the other hand, the people who have read it have loved it. So, would changing the title put it into the hands of more people?

Reading the Classics

I was in the mood for some classical literature when I stumbled across a box of Archie comic books. Real, honest-to-goodness Archies, printed on actual paper and everything.

Some of you are thinking that I should take them to a comic book dealer and see what I can get for them. I thought of that, too, but these Archies are all recent—the oldest in the box was from 2007. Some of you are now surprised because you didn’t realize anyone was still publishing Archie comic books.

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