two men standing in a field, then there was one (on being a left behind)

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MANY PEOPLE with a pro­nounced right-leaning po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing me and, per­ish for­bid, en­gag­ing me in an­i­mated dis­course. Many come away think­ing me a li­brull ar­se­hole. So, does that make me a left be­hind?

I found the lovely photo of the teddy bear in the woods at the top of this page CONTINUE READING

three days after the burial of the beethoven

Joke Beethoven skull

ON APRIL 1, 1827, three days af­ter the bur­ial of the great Lud­wig van Beethoven in the ceme­tery at Währing (in north­west­ern Vi­enna, on the edge of the Vi­enna Woods), an ar­dent ad­mirer of the maestro's glo­ri­ous mu­sic ven­tured to his gravesite to pay his re­spects. He was quite shocked when he heard what sounded like gar­bled mu­sic com­ing CONTINUE READING

a fishing expedition with a nasty dude in camelot

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BEINGCREATURE OF HABIT (well, sort of) (um, not that of­ten, re­ally, but oc­ca­sion­ally), I turn first to tried and true Merriam-Webster when look­ing up de­f­i­n­i­tions for new (and some­times old) words and phrases. It's still one of the best on­line dic­tio­nary re­sources, even if I do find more ap­pro­pri­ate de­f­i­n­i­tions for my needs in CONTINUE READING

jaco and the gorram frakking parrot (or, do men ever listen to women?)

Dog Parrot

BACK IN THE '80s, Be­lane and I were liv­ing in St He­lena in North­ern California's gor­geous Napa Val­ley. Aside from sell­ing records through the mail with ads in Gold­mine mag­a­zine, I made a few ex­tra bucks by do­ing hand­i­work for neigh­bors. I could fix a lot of things, mostly mi­nor re­pairs. But I was al­ways avail­able and didn't charge much CONTINUE READING

why you should always tell the truth

Scotland Turnberry

AFTER LANDINGHUGE CONTRACT, John's com­pany gave him a four-day/three-night week­end for two at a fa­mous golf re­sort in Scot­land. As he was sin­gle, he in­vited me along, de­spite my hav­ing nei­ther knowl­edge of, or love for, the game of golf. John knew this as I was forth­right about these things and I al­ways tell the CONTINUE READING

just how does lsd affect your consciousness?

LSD LightInWoods

JUST HOW DOES LSD af­fect hu­man con­scious­ness This ques­tion has puz­zled users and in­ves­ti­ga­tors for more than sev­enty years. Per­son­ally, I have been more amazed and filled with joy won­der awe at the Uni­verse Void God than puz­zled by the how of these things. And that seems to be a defin­ing dif­fer­ence be­tween the 'ex­pe­ri­enced' and CONTINUE READING

how I almost made it with nicole kidman

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FELLOW ROCKROLL FAN and beer-drinker Steve Adams posted a jaypeg poster on my Face­book page this morn­ing (be­low). It im­me­di­ately brought back mem­o­ries that I thought I had sup­pressed. This story in­volves three of Steve's Aus­tralian neigh­bors Down Un­der: the an­cient desert spooky thing Mamu, the leg­en­dar­ily fe­ro­cious Drop Bear, and the ex­tra­or­di­nar­ily lovely ac­tress Nicole CONTINUE READING