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The Great Movie Controversy — Tombstone is NOT the Greatest Western Ever. That Would Be…

“I’m your Huckleberry,” says Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) before he kills crazy, evil Johnny Ringo. “Go ahead, skin it! Skin that smokewagon and see what happens,” spits out slate-eyed Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell). There is no question that Tombstone is packed with great acting and memorable dialogue. But… Spoiler alert and fightin’ words …That notwithstanding, […]

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American Vacation: Does This Shell Make My Turtle Butt Look Big?

(Photos from my recent Okie ‘Merican vacation) If a picture is worth 10,000 words, this blog must be worth a billion. Give or take… This is *Jack (above photo). Don’t hate him even though his butt has gotten so HUGE that he can’t properly close his shell, which must be a major embarrassment […]

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Babies Should NOT Be Born in Embassy Suites

(Another story from my miraculous Okie ‘Merican vacation) Twenty-five years ago, I was sitting in a maternity “hospital” in Alexandria, Virginia, waiting for the missus to deliver our son, Eli. I actually thought we were in an examination room, because it looked like an Embassy Suite. I was sitting on a plush couch, talking on […]

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The Great Okie ‘Merican Vacation

  I’ve just finished my greatest vacation, ever, which was filled with miracles and beeg fun and TexMex. How great? Let me count just 10 ways. 1. That egg-sized tumor in the brain of my best buddy’s adult son actually turned out to be the size of a baseball. It was removed on June 18 […]

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It’s What You Do

(Hognote: make sure you read to the bottom.) Of all the things that I cannot believe — starting with how it’s possible to send this blog around the world using electricity — the thing I cannot believe the most is that I will attend my 40th high school reunion in two weeks. That means it’s been four decades since […]

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10 Okie Sentences You Will Never Hear in New Zealand

A couple of Facebook comments this week made me homesick, and prompted this list of 10 Okie sentences you will NEVER hear in New Zealand. 1. You got ‘lectric at your house? 2. Hose him down and he’ll clean up all right. 3. There’s a reason Santa doesn’t come round during deer season. 4. I’ll […]

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The Amazing Power of a Christmas Tree

We agreed there would be no Christmas tree this year. Junior has been on tour, and he only just got back. So spending $30-$40 on a tree for a week just didn’t make any sense. But, of course, we stopped at all the Christmas tree places on the side of the road. Just to, you […]

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