September

Please Mr. Putin, don’t shut me off

Please Mr. Putin, don’t shut me off

I know it’s important to place the sanctions on Russia. I was all for it. But what happens so often is even when we do the right thing, the little guy gets hurt.

So we have gone and pissed-off Mr. Putin and now he’s about to shut off the internet in Russia. And there goes my two readers…kaput.

Every day of the week, even though I only write three posts a week, I have two wonderful readers from…

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September

Asian Language Lesson

Every year for the last decade I get a call from the USDA (Ag Department) asking permission to come hang a little white box in my peach tree and another in my orange tree. They probably hang thousands throughout the area, always looking for fruit flies, psyllids, or other pesky little creatures that could cause a quarantine of fruit.

Citrus alone is a $700 million dollar annual business here in…

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September

Barstow Blues

Four years ago this Saturday was a typical triple-digit heat wave in Bakersfield. I opened the local fish-wrap and saw this article about a writer’s group meeting with an interesting speaker. If I wanted to go I had one hour before the meeting started. I’m not sure why I went.

It was like a repentant sinner hearing the singing from the big tent out in the field and the irresistible urge to go see…

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September

Going Viral in the ’80s.

Going Viral in the ’80s.

The term “went viral” is as common as “text me.”

Not too many years ago, I would assume someone was talking about getting the flu.

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are our “viral” sources today. It can be as silly as our local Bakersfield cat attacking a dog biting a child to a horribly out-of-tune singer. This past month has been all about raising money for ALS with the “ice bucket challenge.”
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With…

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September

Staying Cool

It hit 101 degrees here today. I ran a few errands and hurried back to my cool house.
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I believe it was 1959 when my father had central air conditioning installed. Indiana summers are hot and sticky…sticky being the main memory. Air conditioning changed everything. Who wants to go out and play when it’s cool inside? Our family loved it. I didn’t think about the cold air duct blowing towards my…

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September

A Voice in the Wilderness

A Voice in the Wilderness

I am writing a post today to encourage writers in our group to start a blog. We, the Writer of Kern, are a branch of the California Writers Club. The club was founded by Jack London in 1913. We encourage you to join our group if you have a poem in your heart, a novel in your brain or a memoir that your grand-kids need to read.

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A Voice in the Wilderness

I’m not sure what writing something down in…

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September

Almost Autumn

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, two weeks from today is the first official day of autumn. This is when the sun actually rises “due east” and sets “due west.” Here in the Northern Hemisphere the autumnal equinox brings 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

History has recorded some weird facts on these early September days. I’m writing this on Sunday, 9/7, and on today’s date in 1921…

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September

The Past Uncovered (Possible Cult Found!)

The Past Uncovered (Possible Cult Found!)

ARCHAEOLOGY REPORT RELEASED
Home found in original condition results in astonishing report.
September 21, 2185

Today the Central News Media received the first report from the Chief Engineer in charge of the dig-site in the former Central Valley of California. This report was filed by James Futura, the Chef Engineer.

Gentlemen: As you know, after twenty seven years of various digging probes…

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September

Yogi Berra’s Inspirational Quips

Yogi Berra’s Inspirational Quips

Okay, so these quips don’t necessarily inspire, but he was one of a kind. For the younger generation that never heard of Yogi, and his infamous quips, this is for you. For you old-timers, reruns are cool too.
Yogi Berra

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.

Little League baseball is a…

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September

Playing the BLUES ….FOR YOU!

Playing the BLUES ….FOR YOU!

Come on out to Bakersfield’s Best Party of the Year.  VILLAGE FEST.  This Saturday, September 6th.

Fat Daddy Blues Band – – – – – DOWNBEAT 7 pm on the Blues Stage.

See you there!FAT DADDY BLUES BAND

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