“And how would you like your soup cooked?”

A “mondegreen” is the unintentional mis-hearing of something into a different and unexpected (and often hilarious) new concept.  The best way to explain it is with this 1980’s vintage Maxell tape commercial, which takes the Desmond Dekker song “Israelites” and … well … tries to hear what the song is really about. I try not…

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How Valvoline, Mavis and Hoffman’s saved my weekend

It’s Friday morning, and I’m trying to get everything taken care of prior to a weekend vacation with my girlfriend Nicole.  Packing – done.  Camera batteries charged – done. Now all I have to do is make sure that my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS – colloquially nicknamed “The “Blackbird” – is all ship-shape for a…

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Chuck’s Hopeful Attempt Never Ceased, Ever.

I have to take this moment right now and admit that I failed. I thought I kicked an addition, I thought that I had enough strength and fortitude and will power to keep from getting sucked into this painful, brutal, soul-sucking addiction. But even with all that, I came out of it as a better…

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Nicole’s garden and the wild birds

My girlfriend Nicole has actually turned me on to gardening and horticulture.  I’ve purchased some plants from Hewitt’s Garden Center, I’ve mulched here and there, and I even helped Nicole transplant some flowers and bushes from one location to another. Not bad for a guy whose previous gardening experience was that I pulled everything out…

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The three waterwishes

Last December, on our way back from a beautiful holiday vacation in New York City, my girlfriend Nicole suggested that we drive through Exit 16 on the Thruway, so she could show me where she once lived.  I agreed, and off we went through the scenic Hudson Valley. As we drove along the winding roads,…

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The Blackbird … one year later

It became my third car last year, surpassing the 1991 Pontiac 6000 that I commandeered from my nearly-blind Grandma Betty, and the 2005 Saturn Ion that I bought in an emergency when that Pontiac finally died. It became the first car that was purchased through study and test drives and financing and opinions and consultation.…

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My Equinox 2013 Thanksgiving Drive Day

Am I prepared? You bet I’m prepared.  Not just physically, but emotionally. And I may have saved a life in the process. Wednesday evening, I made sure that the Blackbird not only had a full tank of gasoline, but that it also had my favorite holiday Yankee Candle “car jar” air freshener – Balsam and…

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