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CHRISTMAS PARTY KLEPTO

I don’t know how these things happen… That sounds like a good place for a confession to start, right? If ever I could pull off a portrayal of innocence with the help of the written word, I think I’d have to anchor around that opening phrase. In this case, however, I’m being completely transparent. I honestly don’t know how these things happen.

Last night, while sitting around the table, enjoying dinner at my wife’s company Christmas Party (with her boss sitting directly across from us, mind you), someone to our left, a wonderfully charming female business associate of my wife’s circle of connections, commented about the table centerpiece.

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ON THE IMPORTANCE OF COFFEE

My coffee pot showed up at the front door yesterday, which was a surprise on some levels, but a welcomed one on some others. Let me explain…

As we were collectively breaking ground on November, my coffee pot, a fancy KRUPS EC-311 model that I’d gotten on sale through Amazon, encountered an issue that I place firmly in the realm of time-lapse phenomena: it shut down prematurely. It would go through the initial cycle of brewing coffee, but either get bored with the same old challenge or just out and out lose interest in the process somewhere along the way. Let the record show, I’ve never lost interest in the end result that is produced when the magical coarse black powder is soaked in steaming hot water and the overflow is allowed to drip methodically into a glass container specifically designed for collection of the juices.

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NONSENSE… FROM BEGINNING TO END

“For years, kids have been asking me what’s the greatest superpower. I always say luck. If you’re lucky, everything works. I’ve been lucky.” 

                                       – Stanley Martin Lieber

America celebrated Veterans’ Day this past week and, along the way, America lost a pair of veterans that won’t be remembered for wearing camo or earning any medals for their service on the battlefield.

Shortly after lunch on Monday, I noticed a hashtag trending on twitter. Immediately, I snapped a screenshot of the image and sent it to my wife, Kathy – #RIPStanLee

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THE DEVIL’S VOLLEYBALL

Comedian, Emo Phillips defines ambiguity as “The Devil’s Volleyball;” Webster defines it as vagueness or deceptiveness, with an uncertainty of meaning or intention.

Whereas Webster’s definition may be more on point, I sense that Emo’s assessment could be more accurate. His quirky delivery often tickles my funny bone, but in this case, it also makes me think. Humor and thought provocation, a magical combination, if ever there was one.

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AN EXERCISE IN RECONSTRUCTION

Time and place being the one mystery that stumps me without fail, I must label this story as having taken place, “some years ago.” I can’t even remember where I came across the news clipping, although my guess would be an edition of The Sporting News from the mid-70’s. The puzzle in question dates back to that time period, so I feel safe in placing our crime scene somewhere in that timeline.

You’ll see an image of the clipping below. I had the original for a number of years, but it was lost over time. It may in fact be in that elusive shoebox that holds my copy of the January 1976 Reader’s Digest, the home of my introduction to the mystery of Oak Island. The clipping is a challenging riddle, built from a baseball boxscore; I know not the writer who composed the questions… neither do I possess a copy of the official solution.

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