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Just Chillin’

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Published on: August 2, 2016

It’s hard to tell from Speedway, but the building I work in is actually part of a sizeable complex of buildings. There’s us, a fire station, the recently vacated parks and recreation office plus an office and storage facility used by a variety of city departments.

The complex used to be bigger. The old solid waste transfer facility to the west of us is now a high school, which must make for fun taunts at basketball games. This is why I thought it was weird when I found out that the air conditioning for the whole darned place runs off of a single chiller, located on the far north end of our block. Apparently, this sort of thing is pretty common.

We have a maintenance guy that visits pretty often. He came in yesterday to ask if it was okay to shut the air conditioning off for a bit. Sure, but why?

He took out his phone and showed a picture of something furry stuck in a metal box.

“That’s in the chiller.”

“What is it?”

“I don’t know until I can shut everything off and take it out.”

He came back in a half hour later to tell us it was a “huge squirrel.” I don’t know what was so attractive about our air conditioning unit. We can’t really ask now.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Money Laundering

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Published on: March 10, 2016

I get just a bit giddy when I open up the washing machine and find that money came loose from my pockets and is there for me to discover like a long lost treasure.

Sure it was only three pennies, but they are really shiny.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

In Vyno Veritas

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Published on: March 1, 2016

There is a Walgreens near where I work and I stop in often to get a bottle of juice or snacks for the office. There is an older guy there, who I assumed was from Eastern Europe, whose name tag reads “Vyno.”

Walgreens uses the tag line “Be Well.” You’ll sometimes hear employees saying that to you on the way out, and it can come off as one of those silly things said because the employees are instructed to. There is a way Vyno says it that sounds so sincere. Be well? Why thank you, I feel better already.

I was checking out yesterday and I decided to ask him, “Where are you from?”

“Armenia, but I grew up in France,” he said. “I worked in the Persian Gulf for years. I speak six languages.”

“Is Vyno an Armenian name?”

“No…I will tell you the story,” he said. He wanted to make sure that change was counted right and business was taken care of before chatting more.

He pointed to his name tag.

“‘V’ is the first letter of my first name. ‘Y’ is the first letter of my last name. ‘No’ is to remind me never to say no to customers,” he said.

I never did ask him what his real name is.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

“Unlike some people I can name…”

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Published on: July 18, 2015

The National Writers Union wanted a capsule bio from me to distribute at next month’s delegate assembly. I quickly did one up and sent it. The response was came back just as quickly.

Perfect. You are clearly a professional writer who can write to specifications – and do so quickly. Thanks – Barbara Beckwith

Nice to hear, but I wonder if it also means that she gets a bit frustrated trying to get the others in the group to respond on deadline.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Mexican, Shmexican…

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Published on: December 10, 2014

I love cybersquatters. Here is an e-mail I got yesterday:

Hello, I noticed that you own polishmexican.net, which is very similar to a domain I am running an auction for, shmexican.com. The auction for shmexican.com kicks off at $89!

If you have any interest in acquiring shmexican.com, please let me know immediately. This auction will only run for a limited time before being given to the top bidder. At that time, the chance will be lost.

If this is something you would like to participate in you may enter your offer in two ways:

Just respond to this email with your contact information and bid amount and someone from my team will get back to you right away.
Click here to enter your offer directly into the auction website

If you are not interested in this domain or wish to not receive any future notifications, please opt out of the sending of any other notifications at the bottom of this email and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Kind Regards,


Sola Scriptura

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Published on: October 21, 2014

I am not an Evangelical or a fundamentalist, but I’d think to be one one qualification would be fairly intimate knowledge of the Bible. It would be, after all, the chief source book to how I’d think my life should be run.

I bring this up because I read this on the Twitstream today:

I replied to the guy, but I didn’t want to be to much of a jackass. I can’t imagine the guy was familiar with the part of the Bible in question if he made a mistake like that. If you want to make your arguments based on the Bible, you should be able to get the big stuff right. Otherwise, smart asses like me will wonder if you ever really read it.

Do zobaczenia. Hasta la proxima.

Ello There

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Published on: September 30, 2014

ElloOkay, people, I’ve joined Ello. My name on there is @tedski.

It’s a bit lonely over there. The only friend I have is the woman that invited me. I am not altogether sure how to hunt around for others. There is a search function, of course, but I wanted to see who else was in Tucson. It seems to be the best way to start. I didn’t have too much luck with that.

I’m on Google+ too, but it doesn’t seem to be used that often. I like that you can target your posts to specific groups of people. Facebook has adopted that now.

I’m hearing that there will be some sort of great migration to Ello from dissatisfied Facebook users. I heard that when Google+ started too.

Years ago, I joined a network called Tribe. I liked the way it was set up, and it seemed to be the favorite of the Burning Man crowd before they abandoned the place. A while back, they started cracking down on nudity and adult content, but all it did was accelerate the exodous of regular people with off kilter tastes rather than the bozos. Case in point: I recently visited my page and decided to do a search to see who was around. What came up but a fellow named “Faggot Dogslave” with exactly the profile picture you’d expect for a person with a name like that. No thanks, Mr. Dogslave.

Do zobaczenia. Hasta la proxima.

Viral Marketing

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Published on: September 24, 2014

I’m working on a new invention: increase the functionality of southwestern neck wear by adding connections for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. I may add e-mail access and a camera later.

I’m calling it the e-Bola.



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Published on: August 6, 2014

I broke down and signed up for Instagram. I’m not a habitual picture taker. Yesterday, I was on the Streetcar and saw a notice about a hashtag #StreetcarSelfies. I was momentarily tempted, but didn’t partake.

I uploaded several shots that were on my phone, iPad and iPod over the last couple of days. I’ve exhausted those and will need to either take some more pictures, or just leave it as one of many moribund social media accounts there are in the world.

The only gripe I have is that if a picture’s location wasn’t tagged by whatever device you took it with, you can’t retroactively assign it a location. There’s always the captions, but then you it doesn’t end up on that fun map.

Oh, here is my Instagram. Have fun.

Do zobaczenia. Hasta la proxima.

A Test

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Published on: July 21, 2014

Please rank the following:

  • Nopalitos
  • Waitresses that call you “Hun”
  • Sopwith Camel (the plane, not the band)
  • The XYZ Affair
  • New Balance shoes

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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