Smiley

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About Smiley

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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. I smell photoshop ink. LOL
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!"
  6. Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in the Hagar strip.
  7. Happy Birthday, Dash
  8. 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.
  9. Sent in to Koach.com by someone with a sense of humor: Did I read that sign right? TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS In an office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD Outside a second hand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN? Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so) ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers Now that's taking things a bit far! ------------------------------ ----------------------------- Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over What a guy! ------------------------------ ------------------------------ --- Miners Refuse to Work after Death Good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's! ------------------------------ ------------------------ Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant See if that works any better than a fair trial! ------------------------------ ---------------------------- If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile Ya think?! ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------- Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures Who would have thought! ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ---- Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge He probably IS the battery charge! ------------------------------ ---------------- New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group Weren't they fat enough?! ------------------------------ ----------------- Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft That's what he gets for eating those beans! ---------------- ------------------------------ --- Kids Make Nutritious Snacks Do they taste like chicken? ****************************** ********** Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half Chainsaw Massacre all over again! ****************************** ********************* Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors Boy, are they tall! ****************************** ************* And the winner is.... Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead Did I read that right? ****************************** ********************* Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to .....(maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on April 29th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), April 30th], for a discussion of The Damned One Hundred by Jonathan Mayberry. Following the overall approval rating of the last story we discussed, I have located another tale, similar but different, in another anthology edited by Joseph Adams. An on-line book report describes the story as: "(Military Fantasy) In desperation, an aging warrior and his son seek help from ancient witches to protect a mountain pass against an enormous invasion force. A damned good read. (7,200 words) The story apeared in "Operation Arcana", published on February 16, 2015 by Baen Books."1 Rather than attempt to give you the flavor of the story without spoiling it, I will just post this quote from the epigraph to the anthology. It sums up what you might expect from the stories in the collection: "Arrows thick as the rain came whistling over the battlements, and fell clinking and glancing on the stones. Some found a mark. The assault on Helm’s Deep had begun, but no sound or challenge was heard within; no answering arrows came. The assailing hosts halted, foiled by the silent menace of rock and wall. Ever and again the lightning tore aside the darkness. Then the Orcs screamed, waving spear and sword, and shooting a cloud of arrows at any that stood revealed upon the battlements; and the men of the Mark amazed looked out as it seemed to them, upon a great field of dark corn, tossed by a tempest of war, and every ear glinted with barbed light." -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings The story is available for free from Baen Books.com: http://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781476780368/9781476780368.htm Click on the link to chapter 3 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 the cover page/epigraph. Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner If you liked our last story you should enjoy this one as well. I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend. 1 http://www.rocketstackrank.com/search/label/Ratings
  11. ANZAC Day is the 25th.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on April 22, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), April 23rd, one hour earlier than normal for those not yet on daylight savings time] for a discussion of The Bad Hour by Christopher Golden . This story was published in an anthology of horror stories, What the #@&% Is That? edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen. The anthology is a collection of some of the best "scary" short stories from the recent past (it was published in November of 2016. This particular story was a finalist for the prestigious Stoker Award. This story brings to mind Great Black Wave by David Tallerman which we discussed in July of 2016. Those of you who were at that discussion may recall the story as dealing with the horrors of combat in a unusual supernatural manner. This story might be describing the survivors of the patrol involved in the Tallerman story. I think you will find it an interesting one, and one that will give us ample subject material to talk about at our next meeting. The story is available at: http://www.johnjosephadams.com/wtf/free-reads/bad-hour-christopher-golden/ Our meeting place remains: 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.
  13. happy birthday
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on April 8th, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), April 9th], for a discussion of Trick or Treat by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver is a prolific writer who specializes in crime fiction. He is best known for a series of crime novels starring the character "Lincoln Rhymes. This story was published in the digital edition of Parade Magazine, October 26, 2008, and is available at https://parade.com/48345/parade/trick-or-treat/ The story is an easy, entertaining read and, as is typical of crime fiction, involves a bad guy doing bad things and good guys trying to stop him. There is enough of a twist in the plot to make the ending somewhat of a surprise. Oh, I must mention that there is no discernable symbolism or reference to classical mythology in the story...although many of our readers_corner members enjoy looking for deeper levels of meaning in our stories. Our meeting place remains: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope you can all make the chat. Despite the lack of classical references, I think we will find ample material for a productive and enjoyable discussion.
  15. The attached mp3 is made as my offering to all the Australians and New Zealanders in honor, --I won't say celebration-- of ANZAC Day. The song tells the story of the tragic deployment of the Australian and New Zealand forces supporting the British invasion of Turkey in 1914 / 1915. I met my first Australian soldiers 55 years later, during my and their deployment to another terrible place and time, Vietnam. The song was written in the 1970's, and I believe the writer intended to honor the veterans of VN war as well. The Australians I met there proved to be strong allies as well as good friends. I have since met many more Australians, some in my travels around the world and some of them here in chat. So mates here's to all of you, and I'll get a six pack of Fosters to drink in your honor on the evening of 24th (that's daytime on the 25th in Australian time). Band Played Waltzing Matilda.mp3