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    I love golf,fishing, music (especially folk, country, bluegrass, and classical), team sports, and science fiction. I enjoy duplicate contract bridge; I am ranked as a Club Master and am working towards District Master level. I play guitar and banjo and sing bass; for many years I was in a semi-professional old-time music band. And of course, I enjoy working with computers and chatting.

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  1. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 21st, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 22th], for a discussion of "incident on the Tenth Floor" by Jeff Brown. The story is vintage, dating from the 1960's, but it very easily could have been written yesterday. It is one of the tales offered in the archives of the Saturday Evening Post as one of its "classic stories." The story deals with a young man attempting to find a suitable job to support himself and his new young wife after spending several years exploring his unproductive artistic urges as an unemployed actor and an unpublished author. It is available on line at: an http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/10/03/post-fiction/classic-fiction/incident-tenth-floor-jeff-brown.html As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I think you will enjoy the story, and I know you will enjoy our discussion of its merits. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 21st, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 22th], for a discussion of "incident on the Tenth Floor" by Jeff Brown. The story is vintage, dating from the 1960's, but it very easily could have been written yesterday. It is one of the tales offered in the archives of the Saturday Evening Post as one of its "classic stories." The story deals with a young man attempting to find a suitable job to support himself and his new young wife after spending several years exploring his unproductive artistic urges as an unemployed actor and an unpublished author. It is available on line at: an http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/10/03/post-fiction/classic-fiction/incident-tenth-floor-jeff-brown.html As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I think you will enjoy the story, and I know you will enjoy our discussion of its merits. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  3. Glorious Insults

    Unfortunately I know many people who resemble those remarks :\
  4. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 14th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 15th], for a discussion of Crack by Myles McDonough. The story is the winning entry in the 2016 Saturday Evening Post Short Story Contest. The story was published, by the magazine in its January/February 2017 edition. It deserves its selection as best story submission. The story is available on-line at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2016/12/22/in-the-magazine/fiction-in-the-magazine/crack.html As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the weekly chat so don't be bashful--bring a friend.
  5. More of the same from me !!!
  6. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 4th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 5th], for a discussion of Dei Britanicci A Prologue to Witchy Eye by D. J. Butler. Witchy Eye is the first in a series of alternate history novels set in primitive Appalachia. The story is not an introductory chapter to the book; it stands by itself and has a very satisfactory conclusion with no need to read the books in the series for a resolution of the issue, According to Goodreads: "D.J. Butler (Dave) is a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain west. His training is in law, and he worked as a securities lawyer at a major international firm and inhouse at two multinational semiconductor manufacturers before taking up writing fiction. He is a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a serious reader. He is married to a powerful and clever novelist and together they have three devious children." He writes juveniles under the name Dave Butler and adult fiction as D.J. Butler. The story is available on-line at: http://www.baen.com/readonline/index/read/sku/9781625795953 (The url takes you to the "title page" of an anthology. Click the Next icon then click on the story from the table of contents.) As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget we are in need of additional readers interested in chatting about interesting stories, or in interesting chatters who like to read.
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on September 23rd, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), September 24th], for a discussion of Spill by Eric Cipriani. The story is from the Winter 2017 on-line edition of Carve Magazine. According to the author's profile provided by by Carve, "Eric Cipriani’s work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Barely South Review, Booth, Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and currently lives and works in West Virginia." This story has the feel of reality, and the various news items mentioned in the tale are all current and factual. The ecology of West Virginia is indeed the disaster depicted in the story. The other elements of the story: conspiracy theory, distrust of government, and the problems of dealing with aging parents are all parts of the American psyche. I am not sure that you will enjoy the story, but I do believe you will appreciate it and that it will hold your interest. The story is available on-line at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2017-winter-cipriani As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  8. Got Milk?

    I did, once.
  9. Got Milk?

    In the USA most milk comes from cows, but in some places it comes from other animals. In California, for instance, it comes from almonds.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on September 16th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), September 17th], for a discussion of Fools Fire by Tim Pratt. The story is from the November, 2016 on-line edition of Nightmare Magazine. Tim Pratt is a prolific author, primarily of science fiction and fantasy. A number of his novels are available through Amazon. He also offers a monthly story to subscribers to his 'Patreon' account. (Patreon is an on-line funding vehicle for aspiring artists, authors, musicians, and entrepreneurs.) This story in a bit of fantasy mixed with a bit of horror. It features a married couple driving to a romantic weekend designed to repair their strained relationship. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on-line at: http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/fools-fire/ As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  11. Title (required) (Hey i'm a blonde)

    I always thought that port and left both had four letters and starboard and right had more than four letters. But then I had to remember which one was green and which was red, neither of which had four letters But I do not that all cave explorers know that cave stalagmites and stalagtites are like ants in your pants,. the tites go down when the mites go up. but I do know it's red right return (all of which have Rs) but so does port and starboard and even right
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on September 9th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), September 10th], for a discussion of Whippoorwill by J. K. Fox. The story is an offering of the Saturday Evening Post and is a kind of late life "bromance" story (guy meets guy, guy hates guy, guy eventually decides to become friends with guy.) It's a sentimental tale which offers no sex, violence, political opinions, fairies, witchcraft, or spaceships whatsoever. It is almost an "On Walden Pond" type story. According to the mini-biography accompanying the story, "J.K. Fox divides her time between Scotland and San Juan Island in Washington State. She holds an MA in English literature and an MS in journalism with a professional background of conservation communications and teaching. She writes about a range of topics from outdoor recreation to travel and has a passion for the Pacific Northwest." Apropos Whippoorwills, here is the first part of a bluegrass song called "When It's Time for the Whippoorwills to Sing: "Oh the stars and the silver moon is shining All around is the sweetness of the spring But I’m sad and in loneliness I’m pining For the one I know I’ll never see again How I long for the day when I shall see her If it be where the angels sweetly sing She is mine and the thought of her grows sweeter When it’s time for the whippoorwill to sing" The reference to the song will make more sense when you have read the story. The story is available online at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2016/11/04/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/whippoorwill.html As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Koach has once again extended his offer of a bounty of 100 chat points to anyone bringing a new member.
  13. Grandkids

    Everyone over the age of 50 knows that grandchildren are God's reward for not killing our teenage kids.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on August 2nd, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), August 3rd], for a discussion of The Scar by Jane Dotchin. This offering from East of the Web is a contemporary tale tells the story of an unexpected reunion of a coach and his student. The story is an interesting one and it offers a lot of things to consider. I will not tell you more to avoid giving you a spoiler. The story is available at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Scar973.shtml As usual our meeting will be in the #readers_corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Please tell your friends and chat buddies about us and bring a few in with you to our meeting. I hope to see you all there.
  15. The story of the Indianapolis is a tragic one. I just saw a movie (docu-drama) about it (I think on net-flix but it might have been Amazon. The Indianapolis was under sealed orders and radio silence on its outbound trip where it had carried the two atom bombs eventually dropped on Japan from the states to the staging point on an island in the pacific. That part of the journey was very hush hush so that most of the people in PACFLT were completely unaware that the Indianapolis was even in the area. On the return trip the Indianapolis was no longer under radio silence but apparently had very little time to send out an SOS before going down. Two radio stations received the SOS and both failed to forward it for rather nebulous reasons (garsh sgt carter, is this har boat the indanapplepuss one of ours you think?) or (hell, its sunday and i am hung over so I'll log it and let my relief handle the paperwork.) At any rate the crew floated around for a few days being eaten by sharks before an airplane noticed them in the ocean. It would be a great Marx Brothers comedy if it weren't so damned tragic.
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