May 1st. The weather warms. Spring beckons us outdoors. Vacation season approaches. And the warnings about dogs in hot cars proliferate. The danger is quite real. Leaving a dog, a cat, or a human inside a hot car can be fatal. Sadly, it will happen this summer. Please, please, please – do not let it … Read moreGrasping A Hot RealityRead The Short Story Now
My high school and college years were dotted with various jobs, work to cover the expenses of higher education. Most were seasonal like the ranger’s assistant during the summers or various jobs on campus. Quite a few were day jobs, pay for a few hours of work loading or unloading trucks. The cargo of the … Read moreNot Bad For An Old GuyRead The Short Story Now
Brakes screeching. Tires smoking. Horn blaring. Collision Imminent. No matter how hard I tried, I would not avoid crashing into the car in front of me. Despite being a popular destination, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, lacks any interstates. Traffic crowds the divided highways and two-lane roads dotted with roadside businesses. Drivers have to remain alert … Read moreBrakes Screeching. Collision Imminent.Read The Short Story Now
Anyone who has flown in many airplanes has stories of turmoil, missed flights, and other headaches. But how many people can tell a tale of deceit to board a flight? Let me tell you about Standby Passenger Walt. My story takes place in the mid 1990’s. I was flying to Fayetteville, Arkansas on TWA, an … Read morePaging Standby Passenger WaltRead The Short Story Now
While the following really happened, I have changed the name of both the town and the person involved to protect the innocent. Or the guilty. For nearly a decade, I worked in the temporary staffing industry handling the administrative duties needed to keep a company operating, including dealing with employees who stole from the company. … Read moreSmall Town Justice – The Saga Of Little JoeRead The Short Story Now
Last week, I had the misfortune of calling not one, but two customer service departments for some assistance. After dealing with interactive voice response systems, obnoxious hold music, and interminable waits for customer service staff, I believe I am now qualified to issue the following Customer Call Center Commandments: Thou shalt not say “Your call is … Read moreCustomer Call Center CommandmentsRead The Short Story Now
To illustrate this story, several products are referenced along with a link to them on Amazon. Please note that these links are all a part of an Amazon Affiliate program and I receive a small fee if you chose to purchase, though using the link does not increase your price. We receive no other compensation for … Read moreShipping Fees, Bright Lights, and Suicidal RabbitsRead The Short Story Now
Pre-dawn mornings are a treasure. Tranquility reigns. Nothing moves. I can slowly wake up, read, and organize my thoughts. That time allows me to prepare for the day and avoid the stressful feeling of a chaotic morning. A pair of sliding glass doors separates our bedroom from an outside deck creating a wall of glass facing … Read moreChaotic Morning – How Not To Begin A DayRead The Short Story Now
As the Southern US is receiving its first (and possibly last) snow of the season, I am reminded of all of the snow mythology that I heard growing up. Now I know snow. I know it well. The snow did not slow me down one bit. I suffered through the harshness. I saw the Flight of … Read moreNo Mythology Like Snow MythologyRead The Short Story Now
In my job as a Ranger’s Assistant, I had a Land Cruiser with a blue light that I was forbidden to use. Today, I tell you about the last time I turned it on. As I have described in a previous story, one of my many summer jobs working my way through college was as a … Read moreBlue Light Madness UnleashedRead The Short Story Now
Retrieve wood from the woodpile. Carry it into the house. Build the first fire of the season. No danger, right? Oh, sure, there was the time that I did that in the dead of winter, slipped on a patch of snow, fell with an armload of firewood, and broke two toes. That might have had … Read moreThings That Go Bump In The WoodpileRead The Short Story Now
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