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Welfare Check

by Vol-E

My good friend Patrice is someone I grew up with. We met in second grade, where we suffered at the hands of the cruel Miss Angela. We both spent time under Miss Angela's desk because we were outspoken and not as well-behaved as other children in the class. And then there was Girl Scouts. Patrice and I both had fun at regular meetings, on field trips to places like Amish Country, and overnight camping excursions.

I See Clothing

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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It's Sunday afternoon and once again, I am sitting in Nordstrom's cafe, sipping Nordstrom's coffee, watching Nordstrom's shoppers.  After an hour or so of boredom, the people are much the same - shopping, walking around, mingling with friends - I begin to notice how women dress and how men dress.

Women's style is all about their body. I see Spandex to show off hourglass curves, low-cut blouse to show off cleavage, miniskirts to show off legs, short shorts to show off butt cheeks, tight jeans to show off both hips and legs at the same time, and yoga pants to show off ... well you know what. Then there are the women in sweats to hide their apple curves, long tunics to hide their hips, and baggy clothes to hide their weight.

Men's style is rarely about body unless you are a gym rat. Gym rats show off their six-pack abs and that's about it for men's bodies. That guy with the horrible and unhealthy beer barrel belly wears a t…

The Fashionable Man

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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Men's fashion is gaining and surpassing women's.

It started with the Metro Men. Metro Men began wearing colorful shirts - yellows, pinks, progressing to day-glo oranges - a move away from the white or blue shirt of the past. The old corporate white shirts have given way to more colorful magnificence. It is now a thing to wear a colorful floral Hawaiian shirt to the office on Dress-Down Friday.

Men moved into earrings. First, a small diamond stud in one ear, then to studs in both ears, to wearing dangling earrings in both ears. Now there is this African style ring buried in the one's ear lobe.

The latest fashionable man trend is hair. First there were fades in differing areas of the head, then designs and messages cut into the crew. Men are sporting bald heads with full bushy beards. Yesterday, I passed a man on the street with a side fade flowing a bun, a top knot, like the Samurai of old. Poor women, their hair is now so dull.

I cannot predict …

Bits and Pieces

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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A home for the bits and pieces of my mind.

Special note of thanks to Micaela Lattanzio, whose work can be viewed at http://www.micaelalattanzio.com/micaela_lattanzio.html


There once was a show Bewitched
whose star was a pretty witch
she became an actress
to eased her distress
caused by a nose with an incurable twitch

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Two fireflies go to a tavern.  They order Red Bull.
The barfly serves the drinks and says, "because it give you wings!"
The lady firefly smiles and says, "no silly, because it lights us up."

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Recursive
"Ouch," said the blind man as he bumped his head on the tree trunk. He took one step to the left and two steps forward.
"Ouch," said the blind man as he bumped his head on the tree trunk. He took one step to the left and two steps forward.
"Ouch," said the blind man as he bumped his head on the tree trunk. He took one step to the left and two...

***
The wand was four feet long.
"What h…

Whadda You Know

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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Anti-intellectualism is now front and center thanks to the sentiments expressed by Donald Trump.

Many intellectuals have theorized on the causes of anti-intellectualism. First, the intellectuals are Know-It-Alls. They think that they know what is good for everybody and of course, are hardly reluctant to tell us all about it. Second, intellectuals look down and dismiss anyone who doesn't have their degrees. Third, Intellectuals have no common sense. They are so full of useless knowledge and have no idea how to live in this world.

Well, working people are not stupid. Perhaps we have not had the opportunity to develop our intelligence but that is not the same as stupid. We know how to make a living, supporting our families and our churches. We know how to be the best at our jobs and some of those jobs keep the world running. Best of all, we know how to raise good children.

Hidden behind the anti-intellectualism is a fear that knowledge is power is true. We …

Highly Legal

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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It is odd how marijuana became legal: People voted on it. As far as I know, it's the only drug that is treated this way.

Normally, it's the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here in the U.S. that figures these things out. Doctors and researchers run tests, and the FDA reviews the results and decides, Yea or Nay. But for marijuana, the people voted to make it legal. What do we, the voters, know about medicine?

We hold opinions that have no basis in medicine. Those who smoke marijuana and feel good using it want to legalize. Others see marijuana as a gateway drug - if you smoke marijuana, you will end using heroin/cocaine. This is so emotional and not based on any health research.

We are in this odd voting dilemma because of weak-willed politicians. Politicians are seeking votes and will pander to voters. I give you what you want, legal marijuana, right or wrong, and you will vote for me. It's the worst side of politicians.

Then pop culture pres…