Monthly Archives: August 2006

Why does rain get a bad rap?

    It’s 2:17 a.m.; I’m sitting on my front porch with my laptop, watching the rain cascade over the eaves troughs and rain spill into the barrel we bought for harvesting rainfall. This rain, only one of dozens in the monsoons of July and August, could have filled millions of barrels.
    What I first thought was a roaring jet engine was really another of a series of rainfalls that awoke me and probably most of San Miguel County this week.
    So much moisture have we had to date that only recently did a state religious group almost take credit for having prayed too hard for moisture.
    They’re considering sending a thanks-but-we’re-fine-for-now-type prayer this time.

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Want some bike parts — cheap?

    Last Saturday I ran in to a gentleman I used to work with before I retired from Highlands in 1999.
    “What are you doing here?” he asked.
    Shifting the emphasis, I answered his question with another, “What are you doing here?” But before anyone gets the idea my ex-colleague and I came across each other in a brothel or an adults-only video parlor, let me explain.

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We love things close to us

    Dear Abby, the iconic giver of advice to the lovelorn (whose column has been taken over by a daughter), often was w-r-o-n-g on the advice she gave and especially in the selection of letters she published.
    I’ll get to the one brilliant thought she imparted in a few paragraphs; meanwhile, how has she missed the mark? Let me count the ways:

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Student wants to show shimmy

    I hit a man in the eye. Not really. I just used the sentence as a way of demonstrating how adverbs such as “only” get to move around in sentences and thus provide us with a host of interpretations.
    In my class at the United World College a few years back, I wrote down that sentence and asked students to place the word “only” in different positions.
    Like this:

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