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January 2005


All my stories begin with me shooting pool at Leroy’s. This one begins on Friday: “What do you mean what’s my name?” I respond, irritated because I don’t like when people I don’t know come up and question me. “What’s your name?” “Beauchamp.” It takes a second for me to register. “Lionel Beauchamp??? From seventh […]

Persuasive Writing

In checking out blogs of a politcal nature I usually assume that the writer is intending to sway the minds of his readers, either to convert the misguided to his point of view or to buttress the views of those who already agree with him. A political piece that is not aimed at convincing the […]

Your Social Security Statement

I just received my Social Security Statement in the mail the other day. I decided to read it as I’m fascinated by hustles of all kinds. This information packet is surprisingly open about the hook. It is described on the first page under “What Social Security Means to You”: Today there are almost 36 million […]

No, Really. This is How They Drive

An Asian dude is being charged with attempted murder for ramming his vehicle into a car his daughter was riding in. First question: isn’t this the same guy who shot all those hunters? How did he get out so soon? And second, charging him with attempted murder for ramming the other car might be a […]


You can tell a lot about a person from what kind of things they write about. I used to keep notebooks around the house so I could start writing when I needed to work out thought processes. The end product is some scary stuff if it ever got into the hands of a psychologist. You […]

Stupid Bowl

I know I’m getting old when the newspaper says the Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Superbowl for the first time in 24 years and I’m like “Nuh uh, they just played the Raiders a little while back and some kid brought the tape in and we watched it in Mrs. Springer’s class.” It’s been […]


A debate I’m having on an internet list. The indented portion is the guy I’m arguing against: So, how do you put value on a person? Is Bill Gates really worth $x billion as an individual? He was in the right place at the right time and made the right decision. Partly luck partly judgement. […]

Bad Medicine!

This cold and flu medication I’m taking has a caveat on the label: Alcohol Warning:If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks a day, ask your doctor if you should take acitominophen or other pain relievers/fever reducers. Acitominophen may cause liver damage. Why doesn’t it say: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks a […]

In the Name of a Law

In the days before Christ there was a Jewish faction that was opposed to paying taxes to Rome. They were known as libertarians zealots and they considered it blasphemy to submit to a secular entity rather than God. They chose death over taxes and this is where we get the contemporary meaning for the term […]

Rite of Passage

It appears that I’m going to be accepted in the American Army Angels of Death (AOD) clan. Something sounds very wrong about me joining “the clan” but it’s not “The Klan” and there’s already a black dude from Chicago in the group so I guess it’s ok. Last I heard they had voted me in […]