Reality Check

Dan St. Paul
Musings meant to strike a chord and illicit a smile, a giggle, or an out and out guffaw.
Created 08 Jun 2021
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  • A Hairy Situation
    19 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    Just finished my first road trip in almost two years and alarmingly discovered that I have crossed yet another rubicon in the great hall of aging: If I am away from home for more than three days, I mu...
  • The Showcase
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    I recently took part in a showcase. I was one of seven acts performing at a beautiful theatre at a retirement community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Scattered throughout the audience were forty-two tale...
  • Opening Up
    04 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 5 9
    Back in 1988, Cara and I drove a half an hour south of San Francisco to the Shoreline Amphitheatre to see Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. I was 36. Cara was 28. I believe we were the youngest people t...
  • A Not Tall Enough Tale
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 7 6
    Cara and I attended a 50th birthday party last weekend. The theme was the “senior prom”. A professional photographer took prom pictures of middle-aged couples decked out in formal attire. Cara, having...
  • ...by any other name
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 4
    My name is Daniele. That’s not a typo. My folks didn’t add an “e” because they thought it was cool. They were from Italy. Daniele is Italian for Daniel. It is pronounced Don-yell-eh. I sign my name Da...
  • About a Boy
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 10 4
    My 31 yr. old son and I are very close. About 30 feet to be exact. He sleeps in the next room. I know that may seem unusual, but it doesn’t bother us one bit. For me, I get to spend the night with my ...
  • Rivalry
    29 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 3
    In San Francisco sports circles the saying goes, “The only thing better than a Giants win is a Dodger loss.” This is a bitter rivalry that has legs. It easily survived the 1958 move from New York. It’...
  • No Accounting For Taste
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    I met with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We’re chewed the fat over a couple of ice cold IPAs. After assessing our local sports teams, we came to movies and TV recommendations. He said I shou...
  • That Old Gang o' Mine
    08 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    When I was at college I got mixed up with the wrong crowd. Fifty years later, we’re still friends. To be honest, there was no wrong crowd at UC Berkeley in the early 70’s. The wrong crowd all went to ...
  • The Family Zoo
    02 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    I was looking at my 14 yr. old dog. He is such a sympathetic friend. He hears the disappointment in my voice when I tell him I probably won’t make the playoffs in my fantasy baseball league this seaso...
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