One Piece of Paper

We have a bulletin board at work. It’s outside, and people use it to post their notices. In a non-covid year, it generally hosts far more notices than there is space on the board, and the arts center never helps this by generating multiple oversize posters all looking for homes at the same time. College […]

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Back on Track

I know, I know, I know. It’s not much of a daily blog when it comes out once a month. I have missed May Day, May the Fourth Be With You, and today is both Cinco de Mayo and my niece Ellie’s birthday. But there has been no oxygen in the room so to speak, […]

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Difficulty Concentrating

Warning: cranky indictment of the American medical system, and I’m also not feeling dejoy of the U.S. Postal Service. Eight days ago, my oxygen concentrator broke. This means I have gone for a week now without overnight oxygen assistance, which I recognize before you rush to tell me is not really a good idea. Thursday […]

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Sort Of There

Sorry for the radio silence — I’ve been very focused (I’m practically sure there must be a pun in there) on my photo project, and it’s cut into my blogging time. Here’s how my cleaning/sorting projects have gone, for a lifetime: I start with great intent and fervor, then my attention gets claimed by something […]

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Picture This

It is one thing to know that I will never be a professional athlete, or even a competent amateur one. Or a cook, or a singer, or even that I’m ever going to manage to be much of a carpenter. But when it comes to basic competencies, it’s discouraging to learn what a failure I […]

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Going Green

It’s Earth Day, so I’m going to encourage us all to not just think but also act green, but I have a different sort of green I’m aiming for as well. If Gunnison County can completely vaccinate 10,000 folks with a county address, we will move to “green” on our Coronameter. We at Pat’s are […]

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Aches and Pains

There was an older gentleman here in town whom I first encountered at the chiropractor’s office and later saw at some of the ballroom dances at the Elks’ lodge. He always came alone, and while younger women would avail themselves for a waltz or two, he would often end up sitting by himself. I tried, […]

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Sinking

There is a hole in the ground, out here at Riverwalk. Well, I’m sure there are lots of holes, but this one seems notable despite its small size. It’s in the middle of Riverwalk Drive. Were it located any other place, I would assume it’s the entrance to some woodland creature’s home — it’s that […]

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The Hotchkiss of Death

My biggest adventure on Colorado Highway 92, the road I haven’t been on for decades but now may get to know all over again over the course of the next two years, came during a bicycle race. This was back in my sportswriting days, despite a dearth of sports experience prior to taking it up […]

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Corona InAction

I know you have been breathless with overnight anticipation to learn all about the bicycle race that nearly did me in on Highway 92, but always — always — there is covid, and it is foremost on my mind this morning. I watched our county’s virtual town hall last night, as I do every week, […]

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