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A little bit o’ Seoul

It’s a snowy morning in Daejeon and I am on the 8:29 KTX (Korea’s high-speed express train) to Seoul for a couple of hours.     Actually, I am on “official business” – I am going to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Seoul to pick up my new passport. I guess it’s okay to call […]

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Sticky Fingers

My short-lived life of crime can be traced back to Ben Franklin. No, I am not referring to that Ben Franklin, inventor, statesman, printer, and author of Poor Richard’s Almanac witticisms or aphorisms like—“A stitch in time or crime saves nine or doing time or something like that.”   What I am referring to though […]

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Sticky Fingers

My short-lived life of crime can be traced back to Ben Franklin. No, I am not referring to that Ben Franklin, inventor, statesman, printer, and author of Poor Richard’s Almanac witticisms or aphorisms like—“A stitch in time or crime saves nine or doing time or something like that.” What I am referring to though is […]

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A long day’s journey into night and the next day — Part 2

9:00pm Friday, September 26, 2008 – 3:00pm Saturday September 27, 2008   It’s only a one-hour flight from Bangkok to Vientiane. No sooner has the half-filled Thai Airways Boeing 737 taken off from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and a quick snacked served by the flight crew than the captain comes over the intercom and announces that […]

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“Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis all….”

One of the things that I have always been proud about my past were the two years that I attended Eureka College, a small, Christian (Disciples of Christ) Liberal Arts College located in Eureka, Illinois (about an hour west of Peoria, Illinois) from 1985-1987. There is a lot to be said about attending a small […]

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On the road with The Jerks, Part 1

Meet The Jerks   After my first road trip with The Jerks to Peoria there was another one-night gig at a youth center in Dixon, Illinois. There would another date at the Second Chance as well as a few nights at T.J. McFly’s in Carbondale (that was a lot of fun heading back to SIU […]

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Super Cooties

One of the more bizarre memories I have of elementary school back in the 1960s were the times when entire classes were marched en masse to the nurse’s office where we would be examined for head lice.   It was cool to get out of class for 30 minutes or so, even if it meant […]

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The Shock and Tragedy Felt Halfway Around the World

I didn’t know about it until early in the morning on the 12th.   And when I saw those images of the towers, the smoke, the fire and the second plane being played over and over again I could not believe what I was seeing. I refused to believe what I was seeing.   No, […]

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Hey There Yogi Berra! — “I never said most of the things I said”

I was reading an article today about some interesting quotes made by Australian Rules Football Players which made me think about some of the interesting and wacky quotes made by New York Yankee Great Yogi Berra. Born Lawrence Peter Berra on May 12, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, Berra is a former Major League Baseball […]

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A Day in the Life — It’s not always a typical one in my mind

It’s another panic attack morning. I’m up again this morning at 6:00 when I don’t have to wake up for another hour. Maybe it was a panic attack I dreamed about or I am starting one from scratch—I am not sure. Today’s panic attack is about getting to Incheon Airport on the 26th for my […]

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