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About maradanto

La Maradanto komencis sian dumvivan ŝaton de vojaĝado kun la hordoj da Gengiso Kano, vojaĝante sur Azio. En la postaj jaroj, li vojaĝis per la Hindenbergo, la Titaniko, kaj Interŝtata Ĉefvojo 78 en orienta Pensilvanio.

Billy

My close personal friend Jessica has two sons. She decided at one point that what she needed more than anything was a third son. And so Billy was born, post-mortem. One of her living sons complains about dinner? “That’s what … Continue reading

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Joey and the cell phone

Something on the order of 14 years ago, my close personal friend Jessica had her second son. To keep him from feeling overshadowed by his little brother, someone gave her first son, Joey, a toy cell phone to play with. … Continue reading

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Hell is not other people

Jean Paul Sartre famously said “Hell is other people.” All respect to Sartre, the man was full of shit. Hell isn’t other people; it’s no other people. It’s having as much space as you could want, even more, and no … Continue reading

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Finding the ice cream connection

Now that there are three of them and the oldest is about to leave for college, this summer we instituted a tradition of one-on-one ice cream nights. Every Friday my wife and I take turns taking one of the girls … Continue reading

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Attention whore

I have a confession to make to everyone: I am an attention whore. Please look at me. I love to be noticed. It’s the remedy for what ails me. You see, as New Jerseyans, we live like ships at sea, … Continue reading

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The saga continues

This morning I checked the calendar on my iPhone to see what activities I have to take care of today. There was a scheduled event which I was invited to, for checking into the resort hotel in Montreal that Idiot … Continue reading

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Meet the idiot

Meet Idiot David Learn. Idiot David Learn lives in Canada and recently spent $2,946.44 Canadian to take a companion to a posh resort hotel in Montreal, beginning tomorrow and continuing through Monday. Idiot David Learn does not know his own … Continue reading

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No love today

Not feeling the love for Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools this week. Not feeling the love. My daughter hopes to compete in cross country again this year, which requires a routine physical to make sure she can handle it. As … Continue reading

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Your mom joke revisited

The girls were in the back seat, hitting each other with one “your mom” joke after another, when their mother objected. Such humor is rude, puerile and not what we expect from them, she reminded them. The 7-year-old didn’t miss … Continue reading

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Racial reconciliation is not what we need

Racial reconciliation is a misnomer, as reconciliation suggests equal fault. What is needed is racial repentance, and racial justice. Blacks in America are not to blame for the state of race relations in this country; whites are. It was white … Continue reading

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