Husband & retiree. Former software developer, technical writer, & IT geek. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.


I grew up in an upper-middle-class slash upper-class northern suburb of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. I was odd as a kid. However, I was with the same group of kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, so I avoided the mess that middle school can be for many odd…

So this “No Singing Before Breakfast” rule is really more a guideline?

DEB: (singing indistinctly in the kitchen while dancing to a beat only she can hear)

ME: What?

This is before breakfast. I was told — many years ago — that Deb and her sister had a rule growing up: No Singing Before Breakfast. Later amended to add “Or Dancing.” …

“Bye, you!” “Bye, you!”

If you haven’t read Part 1, do it now.

tl;dr: K and his sister are about to depart for their new home in New York state, leaving E and their old home and friends behind.

“Thanks, Mr. Baker!” Jenn yelled across the street as she saw their soon-to-be-former neighbor retrieve…

If it’s Year #2, is it a tradition yet?

Last year we went on a raiding party. It was Gail Boenning’s fault. She suggested leaving postcards at neighbors who had nice-looking holiday displays, thanking them.

So this year we decided to do it again. Only we waited until after Christmas this time. Because, um…

DEB: We just didn’t do…

“Almost done!” “With THAT catalog pile, you mean?” “What…?”

For those joining us late: during breakfast, we like to look through catalogs we get in the mail. Mostly to make fun. Sometimes for the chuckles.

DEB: $50 for flannel PJs? Sorry, “only” $50!

ME: Well, it’s either $50 wasted for something in which no one will see you, or…

Jack Herlocker

Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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