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Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Randall, I don't even have a dishwasher; unless you count me, a sink, and a washing pad. Since it's mostly just me, I have very few dishes during the week, and I just can't see the justification for one. The quiche sounds good. Had…"
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Pat replied to Joan Denoo's discussion My gravesite inscription
"I can't really think of any thing more appropriate than what I saw a few years ago in Havana, Cuba. It was at the Peace Park. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. John Lennon. "
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Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Carl, next time I'm up there, I'll have to stop in. Perry's sounds like my kind of place."
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"Felaine, that reminds me of a restaurant I had breakfast in recently. Lady and I went to tour the Civil War National Battlefield of Shiloh. The morning we went, we stopped at a local place in Corinth, MS. The food was good, the service excellent,…"
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"Sorry to hear about your grandson Michael. "
Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Carl, I wear my degeneracy like a badge of honor. If I died having no regrets, that means I really didn't try to live life. Which would really be a waste. Bye the bye, had leftover posole tonight, with a big tortilla on the side. Yum!"
Pat replied to Joan Denoo's discussion My gravesite inscription
"I think if I'm going to have a marker (no grave - will be cremated), and it is to truly reflect who I was, it would probably be some smart alec remark. I know at that time of reflection, it's supposed to be serious and philosophical, but I…"

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Posted on May 24, 2014 at 1:43pm 28 Comments

One of the truisms of life is this. That which is alive will die.  It happens to be true of every living thing we see or have ever come in contact with. Cats, dogs, birds, deer, crocodiles, cockroaches, flies, trees, grass, flowering plants, and the myriad varieties of bacteria. All will eventually die. Each and every one of us included. It was the American author William Saroyan who famously said, Everybody has to…


On The Passing Of An American Icon

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

I guess this is nothing more than personal musings on the passing of an American icon.  On Saturday, August 25th, Neil Armstrong died at 82 years of age. In a very large sense he, along with the rest of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts, can be compared to Christopher Columbus, Roald Amundsen, and the first south seas sailor in a dugout canoe to spot the Hawaiian Islands. There was the obligatory 5 minute news coverage of his death and his magnum opus achievement – being…



Posted on September 27, 2010 at 11:40am 3 Comments

There currently exists a highly active, and insidious, effort to convert members of the U.S. military to evangelical Christianity. From what I have thus far read, this is being done inside the armed services by high ranking officers working with the likes Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s be-knighted offspring), and others. On September 25, 2010, a concert was…


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At 7:36am on February 6, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Hey Pat. Thanks for the condolenses (or however you spell it) on my niece's death. Like your brother-in-law, it's probably for the best.

At 8:10am on January 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

I think I've only seen one pro football game, too (L.A. Rams vs. Wash, back in 1967!). But I have see many college games--both football and basketball-and several pro baseball games. Alas, those days are gone. Hard, cold seats don't compare to my recliner. My old boney body with an enlarged prostate couldn't take sitting in the cold for 4-5 hours. Appreciate your comments.

At 8:25am on December 24, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Pat, it's been a privilege to interact, discuss, and laugh with you during the time we've spent on A|N together.  It's as good a Christmas present as I could as for and far better than most.

The VERY best of the holiday season by yours, my friend.  I look forward to much more in the new year to come.

At 6:41am on September 18, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks Pat. I sometimes forget I'm going to have "a blast". I'm in the anxiety stage right now. I plan to drink lots of wine!

At 6:45am on August 30, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Amazingly, this particular farmer friend that can't identify trees, etc., is a Purdue graduate (1970)! You'd think he'd know. Further, his grammar is awful ("we was.."). Otherwise, he's a good guy and friend. To your point, sorry you don't have access to that 4 acres you referred to. I hope it's being taken care and advantage of.
At 4:08pm on August 26, 2013, Randall Smith said…
It's not just the local farmers who are ignoramouses, but the whole community. 99% religious zealots, too. I'm not that smart, but I know dumb asses when I see and hear them. Of course, that wasn't my point in the blog.
At 2:42pm on August 20, 2013, Sentient Biped said…


It probably says something about Quincy and its environs, that Kankakee was exotic and worldly by comparison  :)

You are right about the ""I warn't birthed here like all y'all" syndrome.  Unfortunately, added to that is "you, your father, and your grandfather were never one of us".  Much later, as a grad student in Indiana, the same syndrome descended on me multi-fold.  It's much better for me in the Northwest, where people reserve their judgement for the invading,, overwhelming, Californians.  

Still....  there is part of me that misses - what - the familiarity?  

My dad knotted fish nets, and did the same to make hammocks.  We didn't have air conditioning.  On hot summer nights, we would tie the hammocks between trees in the creek bottoms, and sleep uncovered.  Mosquitoes, wow.  Snakes, frog, spiders, OK.  But those damn mosquitoes.

At 11:16pm on August 14, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

p.s.  I miss the World Weekly News.  Batboy was my favorite.

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At 11:13pm on August 14, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Pat -  I grew up in Quincy.  For me at the time, Kankakee seemed like an exotic, far away place, almost urban - proximity to Chicago I guess.

When I was growing up, we could only get Quincy and Keokuk TV and radio stations.  There was no 4-lane out of town, so even St. Louis was a major trip.  Driving on longer trips, we could get radio signal from St. Louis and Chicago, once we reached 30 or 45 minutes out of town.  I used to say that was the effect of the "Corn Curtain".

Undergrad and MS at Champaign, PhD at Purdue.  It was life in Lafayette that led me to get as far away from the Midwest as I could. 

At 7:10am on July 31, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for the supportive comment on my recent post. Post crash interviews with the religious nuts only got worse, especially with upcoming funerals. Enough to mke me gag. I flip channels.


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