SOME RAMBLING NOTES FROM A 21st CENTURY GEEZER

Clay Shannon
A Curmudgeon Pontificates on Whatever the Heck He Wants To
Created 11 Jul 2020
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  • Where Have You Gone, Ted Williams?
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    When I was a boy, and just getting interested in baseball, I was told that batting 1.000 (“a thousand”) was impossible. Although the person who told me that may not have had in mind the literal meanin...
  • Wallace S X 3
    23 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Wallace is not a common given name, yet there are three of them with a surname beginning with S who are or were prominent in the world of entertainment or the arts: Wallace Shawn, Wallace Stegner, and...
  • GREEN BAY PACKERS 2021: GAME #12
    21 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Sunday, 11/21/21 My prediction: Packers 24, Ramjets 23 Here’s a bit of a headscratcher from packers.com, posted after the game: Monday, 11/22/21 The news on the injury front is that Rocket Man Jenkins...
  • A Requiem for Rory Gallagher
    21 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 0 2
    My guess is that, as you read this article’s title, the voice inside your head said: “Rory Gallagher? Who’s Rory Gallagher? I’ve never heard of him.” ‘Tis a pity. But it is also probably erroneous. Of...
  • Are Brits Predisposed to Anthropomorphize Animals?
    20 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    As a child, what were your favorite books about animals—that is to say, fictional works featuring anthropomorphized animals (those tales where the animals are human-like in their thinking and behavior...
  • Of Bards and Birds
    18 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    As I wrote in my last ink spillage, The Most Dangerous Profession, poets are strange birds. And, ironically perhaps, a common subject for poets is birds. The fancy scribblers do not often become inspi...
  • The Most Dangerous Profession
    17 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 0 2
    I know it’s politically incorrect and Unwoke to stereotype people, but I will do so, anyway (with the should-go-without-saying caveat that there are always exceptions): Poets are strange birds. As a s...
  • GREEN BAY PACKERS 2021: GAME #11
    15 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    My prediction, made Sunday, 11/14: Packers 23, Vicommoners 21 It would be sweet if the Packers defeat my two least-favorite teams, back-to-back. GPG! Monday, 11/15 Another faux pas from a professional...
  • Grammar Ain’t No Good Grief
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Lumpy: “What a boring subject. Nobody will read it.” Gravy: “But Grammar is your friend—” “Oh, no it ain’t! Grammar is not my friend. It’s too complicated. It’s too fussy. It’s for nerds.” “I understa...
  • TRANSLATING TWAIN REVISITED
    11 Nov 2021 • 12 min read
    31) "Just as true as I live!" — Tan cierto como es de día. The English gets translated to the equivalent of “Just as sure as it’s daytime.” 32) "Shut up, Sid! A body does just the same in a dream as h...
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