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Made Another Newspaper Mistake . . .

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. . . today by picking up one of the three Arizona Republics delivered daily to the bistro.

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That newsroom has three dozen reporters, plus a similar amount of editors, plus the sports department, plus a Spanish language insert staff, plus a half dozen columnists and I read through all that was pertinent in less than 10 minutes.

The most intelligent pieces were the letters to the editor. The major story from Page One was a three page obit — three full pages plus — of one of their editors who passed away.

No wonder its daily circulation is 117K, or one copy for every 40 people among the 4.6 million residents of Maricopa County. I asked everyone in the bistro who read the paper if they learned anything. They all shook their heads no.

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January 15, 2022 at 3:00 am

Our Coffee Breaks are Brief . . .

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. . . here in our old folks’ facility because

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if they’re too long,

everybody forgets where they live.

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January 7, 2022 at 3:00 am

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Making a New Year’s Resolution . . .

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… has never been on my calendar,

but we had an interesting “white stone” meditation session last year to write down on our little rock a directive we hoped to follow during 2021.

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The word that stood on my shelf all year was “LISTEN” so it was pretty simple to just turn over the stone for 2022 and write “SHUT UP.”

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December 31, 2021 at 3:00 am

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‘Twas a couple of days before Christmas

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When the old guys were talking

About how they looked forward

To filling a stocking.

The conversation ran into a wall

When somehow cost became the topic

And no one could recall

What that had to do with the subject.

Through the mumbling and jumbling

And a bit of sputtering, too

The matter at hand came tumbling through,

“It’s Christmas you fools,”

Commented – er, shouted — an old fart,

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“Whether its toys or tools,

It should come from your heart.”

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December 24, 2021 at 3:00 am

Welcome ! ! !

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To the shortest day of the year

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December 21, 2021 at 5:09 am

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White Elephant . . .

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. . . comes to mind during this season of gift-giving.

Legend says the origin is rooted in the kingdom of Siam, modern-day Thailand, when the king would present a white elephant to anyone around him who displeased him.

These animals were considered sacred so they could not be killed, nor could they be re-gifted since they were a present from the king. This meant you had to feed this beast, which could weight up to 12 tons, up to 600 pounds of food every day.

So if you didn’t have endless means, a white elephant meant it could be end of you.

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December 18, 2021 at 3:00 am

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The Californication . . .

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. . .of what was once amiable Arizona is brutally more and more visible.

Since moving here just short of five years ago, traffic is noticeably heavier at all hours, passersby don’t give a friendly salute like they used to, AND

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there’s dog shit wherever I go biking in the morning — on both sides of the sidewalks, along the canal, under the power lines, everywhere.

Welcome to Calizona! ! !

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December 15, 2021 at 3:00 am

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Selling His Collection . . .

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. . . of books amassed over several decades as a journalist

hasn’t been a problem for an old colleague

despite the fact that many of them are minus several pages, even a few chapters.

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He’s just listed them as “Limited Editions.”

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December 14, 2021 at 3:00 am

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They’re Here . . .

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It probably can do quantum physics in several languages, too, and doesn’t have to eat or sleep.

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December 12, 2021 at 3:00 am

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December 7, 2021 at 5:30 am

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