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catfish

   [from 1994] by Eric McGovern It was a warm, humid night, as are most nights of August in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It was ten p.m. ... read more

devastating earthquake rocks southland

   [from 1993] A powerful earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter Scale brought Southern California to its knees just before dawn yesterday. ... read more

aliens spoke to me

   [from 1993] I just started driving. I don't know why. Boredom, I guess.I left my house around noon. I'd had enough of watching football on... read more

kangaroos attacked me

   [from 1993] by Greg* — [* not really] There I was in Long Beach, California, having lunch down along the docks like I always d... read more

remmy gets gas

   [from July 1990] by Bill Remmy pulled into the gas station and jumped out of his pickup. He went to the rear of the truck, checked his... read more

so much for sacrificial rites

   [from February 1990] by Bill Holmes The High Priest announced, "We must sacrifice a human li... read more

baub

   by William Arthur "Bill" Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 [From September 5, 1989] BAUB In the vast expanse of Llyce... read more

requiem for a pigeon

  Requiem For A Pigeon by Bill We witnessed a pigeon's demise Right here on the dock o' the Bay There was nothing we could do Nothing we could say It just wasn't the pigeon's day We tried mouth-to-beak And the Heimlich technique But the pigeon... read more

tweets

  My Twitter feed: Tweets by @TheBillHolmes Some of my better ones, according to me ... Perfection should be demanded only from yourself, never from someone else. Even then, it's questionable because perfection ... read more

bumper stickers

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palickovanie

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radio

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people you'll be missing and why

  by Jeannie Womack The time has come for you to move on, but I'm sure you'll be missing us while you are gone; No more conversation with boss Catherine to really make you think, You'll miss your adventures with superv... read more

hats

  by Jeannie Womack Joseph wore many in his life, the first one was of son, next an officer, a Dutch Marine, that to him was fun; In Maastricht, in '49, he married his childhood love, now he was Tina's... read more

a prince in disguise

  by Jeannie Womack We met on the race track in '72 I couldn't resist his eyes, so blue We soon fell in love and started a life In '76 he made me his wife A teacher, leader, rebel and yes A son, brother,... read more

the run

  by Jeannie Womack Running in the rain isn't the pain a non-runner might think it would be I put on my jacket that has a hood, lace up my shoes, and stretching is good I open the door, expecting more as the rain comes sprinkling down My course ... read more

a saga of seven

  This is a story in the style called rap that'll surely encourage an afternoon nap of a family of seven, their kids and their wives and something regarding their travels and lives. Now first there was Greg, a Brooklyn-born lad; and then it was Lu... read more

short stories

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movies

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books

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sports

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a girl named lucy

  [from 1990] This is a story 'bout a girl named Lucy Otherwise known as "The Rappin' Watusi" She lays down a beat that gets your toes tappin' If your toes get tired, let your fingers do the snappin' She says "Hey buddy, don't you be no square" I... read more

couple of good ones

   and and, this just in, something to settle the argument... ... read more

bumper stickers again

  Just thought I'd mention my bumper stickers again. Might be good stocking stuffers! :) Make custom gifts at ... read more

how to move a book store

  Cool! Human-chain-helps-British-book-store-move-down-the-street... read more

worrying works!

  Worrying must work, because everything I worry about ends up not happening!... read more

novels, novellas, 99 cents, last train out, operation detour, lottery president, temporary insanity

  Each of my novelsnovellas is now 99 cents (or FREE through Kindle Unlimited) (link). Temporary Insanity is FREE on Lulu. Oth... read more

usb turntable

  I'm buying one of these: USB turntable. I've been wanting to convert my old vinyl records to MP3 for quite a while now. I hope it works! ... read more

good quasi-clay-mation video

  Great first video from several years ago by my niece here: youtubewatch?v=Y19zSl2q5iQ. Her current YouTube channel is here: youtubechannelUC-JJa3iNrgqhyRN-an4afPg... read more

quote on tolerance

  "Total tolerance is not a virtue, it is a total lack of principles." — Plainsman 2016... read more

culture

  we have none. we can't even capitalize the first letter in a sentence.... read more

lesson on taxes

  "The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream." — Bill Murray... read more

natalia holmes photography and videos

  Natalia Holmes travel photography and videography on YouTube, InstaGram, Pinterest, and ... read more

diary, 2017/07/29

  I just went down the road to the quickie-mart and got coffee. It's something I do most every weekend morning since throwing away my home coffee maker to keep me from drinking too much of it. On the way there, I saw what I thought was a dead turtle ... read more

free novella and novels

  Free novella Temporary Insanity Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignme... read more

please patronize me

  Check out my Patreon page. Patrons get free stuff! Well, not technically free since you do have to pay at least $1 to get anything. Still ...... read more

awkward

  So, I'm walking back from feeding the neighbor's dog while they're on vacation. I see my wife and daughter in the car up ahead, just about to turn onto our street. I'm looking at them. They're looking at me (or at least it feels like it). They're... read more

last train out

   Last Train Out, eBook (... read more

dare to be nice

  Dare to be nice (or friendly, even) once in a while instead of "cool."As my brother-in-law says, "Jus' sayin'."... read more

no more penalty shootouts!

  I'm a huge soccer fan, but absolutely hate penalty shootouts. That is no way to decide a game. The winning team needs to be determined by playing the game, not through penalty kicks. That's like deciding an American football game by having five ... read more

cereal

  "I think I'm addicted to ," I said. "Addicted?" she asked. "Yeah, I'm gonna hit the street looking for my latest fix." ... read more

american pharoah vs. secretariat, who would win?

  Interesting! The 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran the sixth-fastest Belmont Stakes ever, but if he was racing against Secretariat's record time in 1973, he would have been a distant second. Watch the two races side-by-side. Source: ... read more

all-time favorite songs

  Or, what I'd want on my MP3 player if stuck on a deserted island (with rechargeable batteries and a ... read more

the road to the kentucky derby (2015)

  The 20 three-year-olds to make the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby are determined by the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series [of] races leading up to the Derby where contenders can earn points. Follow the leaderboard to see who... read more

my novels

   While working on my latest novel (an extremely fictionalized... read more

you saying i'm ugly?

  I was explaining to my 9 year old daughter what "networking" is, and that I'm not very good at it. She opined, "That's because a lot of people judge you by your looks. And you're not ..." "You trying to say I'm ugly?" "I don't think so," she... read more

cigar, american racehorse, dies at age of 24

  Sad news. He was one of the greats. We saw him in retirement at Kentucky Horse Park several years ago. via Cigar, American racehorse, dies at age of 24.... read more

one too many cats

  I was up a little earlier than usual this morning, which apparently surprised one of the cats in our house. The thing is, we only have one cat. Any more than that is too many. This one — either a stray or just one of the neighbor's cats, I do... read more

forrest gump quote

  Just because it made me laugh out loud ... Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be? Forrest: Who I'm gonna be? Jenny: Yeah. Forrest: Aren't I going to be me? via Forrest... read more

parents code of ethics

  Signing my daughter up for softball, I just had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics: I will encourage good sportsmanship I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win. I wil... read more

world cup 2014

  I love World Cup soccer ("footballfutbol" to most of the world), so life is good now with all the games on. I'm ticked at ABCESPN for limiting all USA games to ESPN, which I can't see because we don't subscribe to cable TV. Of course, they do that ... read more

california chrome a horse of a uniting color

  They have a 77-year-old trainer who thought his big-time days were over, and a jockey who grew up afraid of horses.They pulled California Chrome's name out of Coburn's cowboy hat. If not for the luck of the draw the horse could have been named Seabis... read more

best thrillers of all time

  Best thrillers of all time.According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list.Several if not most of these were that author's first novel (first published novel, anyway). I've actually ... read more

advice for writing

  A writer's narrative perspective (their "voice," or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you.That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a "classical" voice.It's no... read more

hollywood park, what a run it had!

  Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it's torn down. It's sad, but that part of town has been "the 'hood" for several decades now, so it's no surprise no one wanted to go there.I worked there once, briefly, wit... read more

cold day in november

  It was cold today in Nashville! The high for the day was only about 45. I guess that'll feel warm if we get that in January, but still.... It's supposed to get down to the mid-20s tonight. I know, I know. You all in Chicago and Moscow are sayi... read more

mucho macho man grooves to his song

  [Breeder's Cup Classic winner] Mucho Macho Man grooves to his song... read more

this is deep

  I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews. Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it. Then let me know what the %$^# it means! Here it is: I comprehend that is genuinely uninteresting and you're me... read more

good start

  The NFL got off to a good start today, the first real games of the season.Both of my teams, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, won!The Titans were a surprise over the Steelers.The Niners won "as expected" even though they were playing the ... read more

movie night

  My wife and I have been celebrating our twelfth wedding anniversary this weekend. The actual day was the 22nd (so mark your calendars for next year's gifts). :) With our daughter on a sleepover at a friend's house last night, Tara and I went to see t... read more

travers stakes (2013)

  Several big name horses in it this year: Verrazano, Haskell winner Palace Malice, Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Orb, Kentucky Derby winner Here are a couple of video analyses:... read more

how does writing affect your brain?

  How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic].Interesting ... to me, anyway. ... read more

recent tweets

  I remember when I didn't know what a "tweet" was, other than the sound a bird makes. It wasn't so long ago, either. Below is just a random list of tweets. Pathetic, I know, but I felt the need to put something new on the site. Anyway... Saturday, J... read more

lost a friend

  No, not that kind of "lost" (knock on wood). So get that lump out of your throat. No, I just noticed I've lost a friend.Don't you hate it when you're walking along talking to someone, it's crowded, you hear a muffled scream but think nothing of it, o... read more

dinner and a show

  After stopping at Tara's sister Stephanie's house in Smyrna to pick up a newly-refurbished Kindle Fire that Todd had put to... read more

alan shore's stick it! speech

  Alan Shore's closing argument Alan Shore When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out to be not true, I expected the American people to rise up. Ha! They didn't. Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced and it was revealed that ou... read more

just another sunday

  Wife and kid are off at this thing called "church." Maybe you've heard of it. I'm not familiar. Not sure what to make of it. :)I'm basically just hanging out waiting for the new mattress to be delivered. We told the delivery guy, "Anytime!" He sounde... read more

started a new story today

   I started writing a new story today. Can't say much about it except that it's pretty much sci-fi, though it might wander into religion and p... read more

to get an idea about my books

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father's day

  I'm just writing this post to get something new on the blog other than that free ad for Windows 7. :)We drove up to be with my wife's side of the family today for Father's Day. An "extra special treat" upon returning home was to discover that our 8 y... read more

getting used to no tv

  I'm slowly but surely getting used to having no TV in the house. It's been about a week now. I still get all the local news headlines by following those channels through Facebook. And the only thing I ever watched on Roku — with what little time... read more

house cleaning

  Doling out who would be doing what for today's house cleaning project, my wife Tara assigned the following to me: Strip and make the bed. Knowing me, she then felt the need to clarify this. "That means strip the bed." I'll just let that sink... read more

no more tv

  We've turned off, unplugged and hidden the TVs from ourselves! The plan is to keep it that way throughout the summer. We'll see how long it lasts. :) Something tells me we'll be "cheating" by watching more stuff on our computers. Still, I... read more

holiday world

  I rode a rollercoaster for the first time in I don't know how long. It was a blast! The Raven has been voted "most awesome [or whatever] wooden coaster" several times in the past ten years. The Voyage, now the reigning champ of wooden coasters, was t... read more

not pulled over

  Had a very brief, mundane, realistic dream the night before last in which I was pulled over by a traffic cop. I didn't think much about it until the next morning when I was going down Antioch Pike to a client's office. That particular stretch (as yo... read more

cinco de mayo

  It's Cinco de Mayo, so we tried Moe's Southwest Grill. After ten minutes with very little movement (the line was so long), we left. Next we tried Las Palmas, a... read more

derby results (2013)

  Florida Derby winner Orb won today's Kentucky Derby in "the slop." But you've probably already heardread about it. My pick, Revolutionary, finished 3rd. That was better than my picks have done in other years. It's a good thing I didn't plac... read more

saved a life today

  Probably. You never know about these things. Anyway, I had forgotten to buy cat food and that is what allowed me to be there in time to save a life. Taking my daughter to school this morning, I had to turn south on Nolensville Rd because Old Hickory ... read more

kentucky derby-related pages (2013)

  Where to keep up or catch up on the upcoming Derby: espn.gohorse-racingtriplecrown2013 kentuckyderbyhorses ... read more

great suction!

  In preparation for the much-anticipated Comcast installation (Internet, not TV), I do as they suggest and clear out a space where I want them to put the cable wall jack. Once I have that space cleared, I decide to vacuum the area. It's almost an inst... read more

doing the dishes

  So, my wife tells me most people do the dishes every day. I don't believe her. "Every day?" I ask."Yes, every day," she says."Every single day?" I persist. She nods. "You don't mean," I search for clarification, "it's something that is an 'every day'... read more

shaking while braking

  Three and a half hours in the Pep Boys waiting room is always time well-spent, wouldn't you agree? :) I'm home now, appreciating the comfort of my office chair, but Pep Boys seriously needs to consider putting more comfortable seats in their waiting ... read more

denied again

  This is the second "denial" in as many days.Yesterday it was the life insurance company.Today, I got one of those job application denial emails: Thank you for your interest in our [recent] opening. We have had a chance to review your resume ... Unfo... read more

insurance companies

  Good news: SunLife Financial sent me a refund check! Bad news: It was because they denied my policy for, according to them, failing to send all of my paperwork in on time. Um, I think faxing it in at least a couple days prior to the deadline quali... read more

tried to mow the lawn

  Well, I tried to mow the lawn, but the lawnmower wouldn't start. I swear. :) It's probably all clogged up from sitting there unused all winter. It was a hand-me-down mower, anyway, probably in need of replacing, but that's just not in the budget ... read more

road to the triple crown (2013)

  The Triple Crown 2013 - ESPN.I always try and follow these preludes to the Kentucky Derby so that I have at least an educated guess on Derby Day.... read more

kentucky oaks & derby (2013)

  2013 Kentucky Oaks & Derby | May 3 and 4, 2013 | Tickets, Events, News.Time to start watching the Derby "prep" races so you can at least make an educated guessbet on Derby Day! ... read more

so god made a dog

  I love this. via So God made a dog And on the 9th day God looked down on his children and said they need a companion, so God Made A Dog. Paul Harvey-style tribute to dogs. ... read more

your novel blueprint

  Good article for writers. via Your Novel Blueprint | WritersDigest Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming about their... read more

contentment

  Contentment is lying in bed, social networking on my laptop, listening to my wife and daughter "fight"tease each other in the other room, while I've got the cat cuddled up on my left and two out of three pugs cuddled up on my right.... read more

serialized version of operation detour

   I have serialized my novel, "Operation Detour." The first several installments have been scheduled, one a day, starting yesterday. If you... read more

a couple of books/novellas on kindle

   I've published a couple of booksnovellas on Kindle recently: "Lottery Pre... read more

how hubbard and rand got their ideas

  According to this video, this must be how it happened.... read more

diary, 2012/07/02

  It almost rained today. I know, exciting. Apparently, it did rain pretty hard in some places, but not here on "the south side." Hopefully, by this time next week it will have rained several times. The possibility is in the forecast, anyway. Just... read more

diary, 2012/06/30

  It's supposed to be record heat again today. Yesterday was 109F degrees, which is unheard of in Nashville. Today is supposed to be 107F. I've already watered my fruit trees and vegetable garden in the backyard this morning. Yesterday when I came ... read more

surfer catches 'biggest wave ever' off portugal

  Surfer catches 'biggest wave ever' off Portugal (+video) The Guinness World Records has recognized a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November f... read more

puttin' on the ritz in moscow

  via Puttin' on the Ritz in Moscow Hundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of "Puttin' on the Ritz" ... read more

bureaucracy at its worst, legal argument at its best

  Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along thro... read more

lottery president ebook now available on kindle

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brisnet top 10 kentucky derby contenders (2011)

  Brisnet Top 10 Kentucky Derby Contenders Here's the current year's: kentuckyderbyhorsesleaderboard... read more

great commercial

  From Taiwan. For all you bikers out there, young and old:... read more

aileen holmes showcases her work

  She's my niece.via Fashion and Art collide at The Promenade Gallery | Daily Titan.... read more

kentucky oaks & derby (2011)

  Time to start watching the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby so I have a clue who to bet on on Derby Day, May 7th.2011 Kentucky Oaks & Derby | May 6 and 7, 2011 | Tickets, Events, News.... read more

events at mpact sports!

  For those in middle Tennessee: Events at Mpact.Elizabeth used to go here for gymnastics.They are a great bunch of people.... read more

free monty python videos on youtube lead to 23,000% dvd sale increase

  Free Monty Python Videos on Youtube Lead to 23,000% DVD Sale Increase "We're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there! But we want something in return. None of your driveling, mindless comments. ... read more

monkey joe's again

  This could get expensive coming here on a regular basis at $9-$10 every time, but Tara had a coupon that made it half price. We're at the new one in BrentwoodCool Springs. Much better than the one north of town near Rivergate. Much more professi... read more

new rules for writers

  Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.... read more

fox 'shoots hunter' in belarus

  Hooray for the fox! via Fox "shoots hunter" in Belarus A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the ... read more

couch potato

  I've been a couch potato all day. Well, most of the day. I did finally pull up the dead "crops" in the vegetable garden at one point. And I did do some recycling, taking the paper, bottles, cans and plastic bags out of the trash cans and putting ... read more

sold another bumper sticker!

  Man, that's three this year. I'm gonna be rich! :) Make custom gifts at Zazzle ... read more

winter has arrived

  It's been snowing all day, at least an inch and a half accumulation. Earlier, I put some de-icer on the driveway in preparation for tomorrow morning. Before that, I had to walk the dogs in the snow. You know, pugs don't like snow. It just rea... read more

fastest trooper

  Montana State Trooper In most of the United States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when temperatures drip to single digits or below. About 3 a.m. one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Allan Nixon responded ... read more

greeting cards by natalia holmes

  Greeting Cards by Natalia Holmes, my niece.... read more

television

  When I wasn't working on computers this weekend, I was trying to get the "new" used working in the bedroom. Prior to even ... read more

new washer

  The new washer was delivered today. I let them take the old one away even though we'd just bought it (used) a week ago. That's right, it lasted just one week. Oh well, we didn't really need that $200 (after tax and delivery), anyway. <sarcasm&... read more

doormats with a difference

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yesterday

  Tara had a busy "day off." Her basic schedule consisted of: 1) taking our pug Chandler back to the vet (for the fifth or sixth time the past month) to check on his ulcerated cornea; 2) awaiting delivery of our "new" used clothes washer; and, 3) pick... read more

zenyatta lost

  by half a head!This is the Breeder's Cup Classic I'm talking about.I thought she was hurt or something the way she ran dead last, 20 lengths behind.Then she came out of nowhere... read more

giants win!

  For the first time in my lifetime, the S.F. Giants have won the World Series!And they did on my birthday!Adding to my joy was seeing George W. Bush in the background, clearly unhappy.... read more

all time best movie lines

  I thought it'd be fun to come up with a list of the all-time best movie lines. Use the comments section below for your suggestions [if that's working]. Try and do it from memory. Don't worry about getting it exactly right. Here's what comes t... read more

new antenna

  Got the new tv antenna... read more

lucy's birthday

  Today's my sister Lucy's birthday. She must be having a good one, because she has not replied to anyone's email birthday greeting. The previous weekend was our nephew Daniel's 2nd birthday party in Smyrna. That kid partied until it was ... read more

diary, 2010/07/25

  Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, "So, you appreciate me more now?" Of course, I said yes. First we went to "Ta... read more

diary, 2010/07/24

  We all went to the Nashville Zoo today. My God it was hot ... and sticky. Luckily, Blue Bell Ice Cream was handing out free cups of vanilla ice cream, which we grabbed upon arrival and at departure. I think today was literally the hottest day ... read more

diary, 2010/07/23

  I'm lying here on the couch — with the pugs asleep next to me — getting my "new" laptop just the way I like it. A customer was supposed to show up and drop off their laptop today at 3, but that never happened. Shoulda guessed that, but ... read more

my first bumper sticker sale!

  I just got an email saying I've made my first bumper sticker sale! They bought three, actually. At 33 cents commission per item, at this rate, one sale per year, I'll be rich in no time! Make custom gifts at ... read more

dad life

  In honor of dads, a week late. ... read more

aetna reverses its decision

  My insurance company, Aetna, which denied a $10,000 medical claim last year, has finally reversed its decision (after my second appeal) and decided to "process the claim" again.Woo-hoo!Let's see how it actually shakes out, though, before I get too ex... read more

reports declare obama's unwritten novel wins lost man booker prize

  There's always room for satire here via sottarticlesshow208593-Satire-Leaked-Reports-Declare-Obama-s-Unwritten-Novel-Wins-the-Lost-Man-Booker-Prize Leaked re... read more

bird in the house

  Woke up this morning to a bird in the kitchen. I had a hunch the cat Sunny had brought something inside because, while still half asleep, I heard her banging around outside of the bedroom somewhere.Anyway, I walked into the kitchen, and there was a b... read more

installed the new dishwasher

  I finally got around to installing the new dishwasher that Tara's sister Stephanie mysteriously bought for us. Not sure why, but I never look a gift horse in the mouth. Seriously, if anyone ever feels like giving me something, feel free! :) Anyway... read more

quote of the day 2010/04/06

  For life to work well for most people today, the universe has chosen an unlucky few for whom nothing works at all. :) Try and keep that in mind as you go through your day. — Bill Holmes... read more

mcdonalds wi-fi

  In Nashville, anyway, it seems you can get around their proxy system (those outlets that use it), simply by using Google Chrome and maybe Firefox. It might be as simple as using any browser other than Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer, I tr... read more

happy spring!

  I am sooooo glad winter is over ... here in Nashville, anyway. I'm also glad we're not getting any flooding like North Dakota. Now, I need to make up for last year in my vegetable garden. Last year was a wash-out because of the late freeze warning... read more

screenplay submitted

  I submitted a screenplay to Scriptapalooza today. See scriptapalooza. The first deadline is Friday the 5th. The real deadline is April 15. I think first prize is $10,000, but the main thing is that real Hollywood industry people read all of t... read more

my cousin kenny's book

  About surviving his prostate cancer See Scared to Life ... read more

one of my favorite twain quotes

  "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." — Mark Twain... read more

thawing out

  Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowmansnowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made for great sledd... read more

stories to download

   Get your "eBooks" here!Links to my Lulu and Amazon book pages. ... read more

newly discovered radio station

  I just got my car back from the shop. $1500. Ouch! On the way home, though, I turned on the radio. All my preset stations were gone. Right. Whenever they reset the onboard computer, it resets my radio station presets. Kinda weird that it would, actua... read more

a day without my car

  I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. It was a dark and stormy night … No, it was an unusually cold day … yeah, that's it … for the first week of December when I was forced to go without my beloved — well,... read more

mr. happy's 18th annual unusual christmas music podcast

  Seasons Greetings, You can "tune in"* via your favorite mp3 player to the show: radio showWhat can you expect to hear? About 500 songs (over 24 hours of non-repeat music!) that fall into one or more of the following categories: musicians I lik... read more

a few bumper stickers!

  And one t-shirt, too. That's not me in the picture. :) Here's my "store": zazzleholmes3804* Make custom gifts at ... read more

diary, 2009/10/28

  We had a "Fall Festival" party at Elizabeth's daycarepreschool tonight (called that because some parents don't like Halloween). Elizabeth went dressed up in her Minnie Mouse costume. She was very cute. But then, she's cute no matter how she's dresse... read more

diary, 2009/10/17

  Been trying to learn Cisco (network routing equipment) online through skillsoft, which I was given access to in my severance package. Maybe I need to just move out in order to get everything done that needs getting done. My 4 year old daughter th... read more

diary, 2009/10/15

  Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance... read more

too many doctors lately

  I had knee surgery the other day. They removed my bursa sac that kept filling up with fluid due to an injury. The only thing I can figure is that it happened when I helped this neighbor kid stop his bike as he was coming down the hill, scared and say... read more

haircut

  Got a today. Finally! What little I have left — after all the stress at work and the stress of the recent back pain — was getting pretty long and goofy-looking unless it was wet and slicked back. Anyway, I was sitting there in my chair get... read more

holiday world

  Tara just brought me back from the pharmacy where I'm having a prescription filled. We used CVS pharmacy because Tara had a coupon. She is the coupon queen. Doesn't buy anything without a coupon these days. It's a hobby. You should check out her blog... read more

christmas 2008

  It took five months, but here it is: youtubewatch?v=8-IBFQsYpuw... read more

new fence

  I forgot to mention that I built a fence last weekend. It only spans about 12 feet from the side of the house to the retaining wall dividing us from our slightly-uphill neighbor. I've still got to cut a gate into it. Hopefully, I can pull that off... read more

thought for the day

  I was noticing how I'm not as good of a speller as I used be, or at least not as quick. Old age, I figured. Brain deteriorating. Oh well. Then I decided it's not necessarily that big a deal when certain brain synapses or pathwayshabits die or ju... read more

diary, 2009/04/02

  Today is Dad's birthday. 90 years old! Amazing. I'm 48, in case you're wondering. Amazing ... ly disgusting! Oh well. Anyway, back to Dad. Longevity runs in his side of the family. His mother lived to be 101. His father made it to 81 or so... read more

detroit bank robbery

  Detroit PD should be ashamed! :) See Detroit bank robbery... read more

our first outside christmas lights, ever!

  That's it. No story. Here's the link: Our first outside Christmas lights... read more

diary, 2008/11/10

  Parents all worry about how well they're raising their kids; how they will behave; what kind of people they will grow up to be. Well, tonight I discovered a sad truth about our youngest daughter, Sunny. She likes to hang out in gutters. You heard me.... read more

diary, 2008/11/07

  Well, I had a hell of a day. It started off normally enough, though it was raining, which is increasingly rare around here. I dropped Elizabeth off at school on my way to work, and from there my day took a wrong turn. I took side streets the rest of... read more

old music, new uploads

  Here's some piano music I've composed over the years, mostly from 15-20 years ago. I rarely play nowadays. None of the compositions (if you can call them that) had names until just now. And none of it is very professionally played or recorded, but... read more

i am now a published author

  OK, so it's SELF-published, but still ... :) It's called "Lottery President." Hopefully, it's at least slightly entertaining. Tell a friend! Here's one of my broth... read more

kokopelli stitching

  Jana's "kokopelli" stitching ... read more

kentucky derby (2008)

  Here's a list of possible starters for next week's Kentucky Derby: Derby 2008.The experts are divided between Big Brown, Colonel John and Pyro as their picks. You can see their picks on that page, above. You can also see all the horses' recent race ... read more

diary, 2008/04/26

  I took Joey to the vet this morning for a routine follow-up. I volunteered because I thought his appointment would conflict with Tara's plans to take Elizabeth to meet up with her Auntie, Tara's sister Sandy, at the Franklin Street Fair. Tara conveni... read more

good friday

  It WAS a good Friday. There was nothing religious about it. If you know me at all, that wouldn't surprise you. I was just reading my previous post and wanted to have something more positive this time. We're all still adjusting to each other and gett... read more

airline cabin announcements

  Airline Cabin Announcements All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported: 1. On a Southwest flight 245... read more

april fools day hoaxes

  April Fools Day HoaxesFriday FunniesApril Days Top 10 April Fools hoaxes SPAGHETTI HARVEST - Bogus item on 1957 BBC news show Panorama. Viewers seeking advice on growing their own were told to put spaghetti sprig in tin of tomato sauce. SAN... read more

bill and tara's excellent adventure

  It started out as an innocent attempt at "dinner and a movie" on a Saturday night. It turned into ... Tara's nightmare! Well, okay, so maybe it wasn't quite that bad. But still ... We had dinner at Schlotzsky's, each of us ordering one of... read more

lawyer jokes

  Courtroom Capers   Mary Louise Gilman, editor of the National Shorthand Reporter, has collected many hilarious courtroom bloopers in two books (Humor in the Court (1977) and More Humor in the Court). ... read more

stupid sayings

  Save the whales. Collect the whole set. A day without sunshine is like, night. On the other hand, you have different fingers. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 99 percent of politicians give the rest a bad name. I feel... read more

ice fishing

  Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. There was snow mixed ... read more

a day at the races

  [from 1994] by Bill The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it's been Spring already for two months or more — real Spring, no... read more

barbecue season

  After months of cold and winter, we are finally coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking as it's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably becaus... read more

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