Smiley

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About Smiley

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  • Birthday August 29

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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. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAR
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on June 17, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), June 18th], for a discussion of By Sun & Lightning, a short story by Don Winslow, Not one to argue with success, I decided to go to the Playboy Archives again for this week's story. It's of the crime story genre'. but is overall a love story with an edge. I think you will enjoy it, both as a good one to discuss as well as an entertaining tale to read. Winslow was born in New York City on Halloween night, 1953, but grew up in Perryville, a beach town near the village of Mantunuk, RI. His mother was a librarian, his father a career sailor and inveterate raconteur. After college Wilson explored many possible careers before devoting himself to writing. In the late 1970s, he moved to New York City, first working as manager of a chain of movie theaters, then as a private investigator in movie theaters and the back alleys of Times Square. He went back to school to earn a master's degree in Military History, led safaris in Kenya and hiking trips in China's Sichuan Province. His first published novel, A Cool Breeze on the Underground, was published in 1991. The story is available online at: http://playboysfw.kinja.com/by-sun-lightning-a-short-story-by-don-winslow-1518636842 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.
  3. I doubt that they realize how much pain a cow goes through if it isn't milked regularly.
  4. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on June 10th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), June 11th], for a discussion of the story The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami. This story is a change of pace for us that was published in Playboy Magazine in January 2014 (in English translation). Its an entertaining read with just a touch of Oriental philosophy and/or Asian inscrutability. I think you will enjoy it. Wikipedia indicates that: "Haruki Murakami +(村上 春樹? Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. There may be a bit of Japanese philosophy and/or Asian inscrutability woven into the tale. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country....Since childhood, Murakami ... has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western as well as Russian music and literature. He grew up reading a wide range of works by European and American writers, such as Kafka, Flaubert, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoyevsky, and Kerouac. These Western influences distinguish Murakami from the majority of other Japanese writers." The story is available on line at: http://playboysfw.kinja.com/the-second-bakery-attack-a-short-story-by-haruki-murak-1506984903 The chat will be in our normal Readers' Corner chat room: Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I think we will have a really interesting discussion on this topic. Hope to see some of our readers_corner participants who have disappeared. We are still on line and having as much fun as usual. As always everyone is welcome. Hope to see you all on Saturday.
  5. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on June 3rd, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), June 4th], for a discussion of Blood, Ash, Braids by Genevieve Valentine. The story appeared in the anthology "Operation Arcana", published on February 16, 2015 by Baen Books." We discussed another story from that anthology in April ( The Damned One Hundred ), and I think you will appreciate this story as well. The story is basically fictionalized military history (with a touch of magic added for flavor ), and deals with the defense of Russia against German invasion during the Second World War. Of course it deals with that in a rather novel way, but that's what makes it a good story. . The story is available for free from Baen Books.com: http://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781476780368/9781476780368.htm Click on the link to chapter 4 in the left frame, or if you are set for frameless viewing of web sites, simply navigate thru the contents link at the upper right hand corner of your browser window to the correct story. As usual, the chat will be held in the #readers_corner room on Koach.com. Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_cornerI I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  6. Where can I get an ool and how much do they cost?
  7. Discussion of this story has been rescheduled for the 27th of May. (28th of May GMT). Hope to see you all there.
  8. I smell photoshop ink. LOL
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on May 20th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), May 21st], for a discussion of "Give the Woman Credit" by John Swan. This offering falls into the general category of crime story of the noir variety, and stars a slightly dishonest hotel detective and his sidekick, a less than honest woman. There are a few interesting twists within the tale and I think we will share a few chuckles while discussing it. The story is available here: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/fiction/01_10.html As always you may find the chat in the #readers_corner channel on Koach.com: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Thanks to Stormy for filling in for me at our last chat. The family stuff is out of the way for a while, and I will return to duty on the 20th. I hope to see you all there.
  10. We postponed our discussion of "Faitihful Lovers" on May 5th. There were too many regulars missing due to other commitments. We will discuss the story at our next meeting, on May 13th. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on May 13th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), May 14th], for a discussion of "Faithful Lovers" by Margaret Drabble. This is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post and is, as the title implies, a love story. As is usual for Saturday Evening Post stories, this one is suitable for all age groups, and has absolutely no gratuitous violence, sex, cursing, or nefarious deeds. It does hint at marital infidelity but without getting into the motel sheets with our semi-faithful protagonists. The story is available here: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/04/11/post-fiction/classic-fiction/faithful-lovers-margaret-drabble.html
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on May 6th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), May 7th], for a discussion of "Faithful Lovers" by Margaret Drabble. This is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post and is, as the title implies, a love story. As is usual for Saturday Evening Post stories, this one is suitable for all age groups, and has absolutely no gratuitous violence, sex, cursing, or nefarious deeds. It does hint at marital infidelity but without getting into the motel sheets with our semi-faithful protagonists. The story is available here: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/04/11/post-fiction/classic-fiction/faithful-lovers-margaret-drabble.html As always you may find the chat in the #readers_corner channel on Koach.com Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is a change of pace from our usual fare and I suspect it will prove an interesting springboard into various topics including marital fidelity and whether food in a short order diner is ever worth making a special trip. I may be unavailable for the chat (I'll be visiting my daughter's family for a couple of grand daughter celebrations), but Stormy has graciously volunteered to fill in for me. I hope you all will join the discussion, and as usual...try to bring a friend.
  12. Bats This is very timely: the latest newsletter from The Texas Gardener' Seeds said: "Put up a bat house to encourage the presence of these shy animals. Bats consume 3,000 or more mosquitoes and other insects nightly, and bats are less likely to be rabid than dogs are. Need another reason? Bats are responsible for up to 95 percent of the seed dispersal essential to the regeneration of forests. Our planet is populated with plenty of bizarre and astonishing creatures. Here are three from the Bat Family .... without the need for resorting to fiction. Sucker-footed Bat Red-Winged Fruit Bat Left-Winged Ding Bat So 2 out 3 Bats have a useful purpose!"
  13. Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in the Hagar strip.
  14. Happy Birthday, Dash
  15. i can't take credit for it; a nice Lady from New York sent it to the Koach.com email site where I get readers corner stufrf.