1.3 Bits and Pieces

Things I have tripped over while netsurfing

From Divine Right’s Trip : A Novel of the Counterculture , written on a bathroom wall: “There are nights when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.”

And another:  “dropping acid” is like sneaking into the circus by crawling under the tent: sometimes you get the clowns, sometimes you get the lions.


Irv Hamilton read a comment posted to the blog week by Colleen, who mentioned a name, familiar from his childhood.  I put Irv in touch with Colleen and he was able to confirm it was his boyhood friend from 68 years ago.  Sounds like a new record for time passage before a reunion. 


Standing in a supermarket checkout line yesterday an attractive 20-something woman ahead of me wearing a top that let the world see the tattoo posted across her shoulder blades. 

“In Loving Memory of

Sharalyn Philips

7-26-1963     2-24-2007 


You might remember from mid-December one of the most often viewed and popular posts of all time on the Year on the Road Blog.  It concluded with my mention of the ROMEO club in Fort Lauderdale:  Really Old Men Eating Out.   Not only is there a chapter of the ROMEOs in Payson, Az, but there is also the JULIETs:  Just Us Ladies Into Eating Together.


7 Responses to 1.3 Bits and Pieces

  1. Michael Joyce says:

    Had a realization over the weekend as I stretched out on the couch for nap: Not knowing if I’m resting from, or for, just means I’m retired.

    Had a friend who saw his psychiatrist twice a week for years. Gave it up after he got a golden retriever named Eleanor.

    She was a better listener.

  2. Linda Brown says:

    Enjoy Camp Verde, the town that is 10 miles from where my husband grew up on a working cattle ranch.

  3. Pat Bean says:

    I enjoyed your tidbits, especially the bathroom wall quote: “There are nights when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.” This one is definitely going into my journal. I’ve since such nights — a full moon lighting some quiet place where man is just a bug on the horizon. Thanks for sharing Al.

  4. Dave Bauer says:

    Once upon a time in Buckingham Palace circa mid-1980s, Prince William said to Prince Harry, “I want to be a policeman when I grow up. That way I can protect Mum.” To William, Harry said, ” You can’t be a policeman. You’re going to be the King.”

    So much for Princess William’s natural ambitions. The source of this vignette is CNN, and I offer it in keeping with the notable event to take place in London later this week. Besides, it betrays how strongly the social/cultural context in which we live shapes our life.

  5. karen wittgraf says:

    Oh, love that howling moon! From the mouths of babes on mine, since pre-school was my forte for 30 years. We talked about the meaning of love in one session and a very active and imaginative four year old said “Love is when someone kisses your whole face, even if it’s a dog”.

  6. Christine Thomas says:

    Michael Joyce’s comment about getting a dog is truly relevant. Two years ago, after losing my job, friends of mine gave me a miniture Schnauzer-male, black, with white over his eyes, on chest and legs, and on bottom. I named him “Fletcher Christian”-and that’s a trick question-separating true sailors from non-sailors. He has been a wonderful companion and ever so much fun. First dog I’ve ever had, and, I have been quoted as saying “If my former husband was 10% as devoted to me as this dog, I might have stayed married.”
    Keep up all your witicisms…good insights!

  7. Colleen Rae says:

    Hmmm….sounds very sexual to me, that Romeo club.

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