Presidential place names

You’d think getting a definitive answer to “What’s the most popular city name in the United States?” would be pretty straightforward, but it turns out the answer is “Well, it depends.” My father-in-law shared the most common city name according to the U.S. Postal Service, which is Franklin. 28 cities share that name in postal […]

Battle of the wombat haikus

I asked ChatGPT to write a haiku about wombats last night and wrote one myself after being inspired by its work. ChatGPT’s haiku: Wombats in the wild, Marsupial’s burrowed home, Night’s quiet, earth’s child. My haiku: Wombats, oh wombats! Oh! Wombats! Wombats! Wombats! Ohmigawd, wombats! Which one do you like better? (ChatGPT won’t be offended […]

Tales of Father Goose

Hundreds of fairy tales, children’s stories, and nursery rhymes are attributed to Mother Goose, an imaginary author with origins in France and England. There’s a reason why Mother Goose was given credit for these classic yarns: Father Goose was clearly an ill-tempered, dim-witted, jackass. I rode on the Wadhams to Avoca Trail yesterday afternoon, an […]

Cardboard Tigers: Lemanczyk, Martin, Moses, and Narleski

Tenth in an occasional series. Collect ’em all! I’m working through a stack of Tigers baseball cards from the late 1960s and early 1970s, with occasional newer cards. Wow! It’s been almost a month since my last Cardboard Tigers post. Must have been something pretty compelling happening to keep me from doing another one of […]

Stuck in the middle with me

Clowns to the left of meJokers to the rightHere I amStuck in the middle with you “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Gerry Rafferty & Joe Egan, performed by Stealers Wheel I’m a centrist. A fence-sitter. A negotiator and a compromiser. Under “moderate” in the dictionary there’s a nicely-etched portrait of yours truly. Nobody […]