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There’s a gentleman we’ll call Gary

tcr! · Oct 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Audio (MP3): 20171017 - There's a gentleman we'll call Gary

Phone on the commode

So we all know that our phones are a huge part of our lives. We take them pretty much every where. They say that they’re generally the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we look at before going to sleep.

However, I’ve came across a situation where another’s phone usage has me bepuzzled and I wanted to get the worldly consensus. Yes, I realize that virtually all people will be looking at this post on their phones, and yes, that may skew the results but I acknowledge this and will persist.

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Punque70 · Oct 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

You had me at Batman. I am not sure how it is in men’s rooms, I am not a shy person, but I would not ask. It’s almost as if you are in a privacy bubble when you are in a closed stall. I would be able to ask for tissue of course, not that I don’t check first to be certain. If your curiosity is insatiable, the worse that could happen is Gary/Terry/Batman telling you to mind your own beeswax. All this being said if someone tried to make eye contact through the crack in the door, I am not above yelling at them to take a picture, but I digress.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Oct 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Yes.

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keamoose keamoose · Oct 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

This is all great, but my favourite part is that after you’ve said Gary 1000 times it turns out Batman’s name was actually Terry.

I say you could have asked, BUT there’s a good chance it would have led him to engage you in conversation, which you probably wouldn’t enjoy.

tcr! tcr! · Oct 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I know! I spent like an hour yesterday searching for a Batman named “Gary” on Wikipedia.

Subconsciously I was probably thinking that he looked like a Gary though. Manly type that does what he wants. When he wants. Most likely a car salesman.

“You’re going to buy this car or else I’ll throw you in the trunk and then you’ll realize how dumb you are, laying in a trunk, with no car, like a moron.”

In related news… I was practicing reading my podcast last night at the dinner table while Maggie was doing her homework. Every time I said “Gary” her eyes would roll. There came a point when all parties agreed I should read quietly to myself.

keamoose keamoose · Oct 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Funny, the only Gary I know is a tall, thin, 60-ish civil engineer with a ponytail who bikes to work and runs marathons. I also had a high school physics teacher with a small mustache and elbow patches named Geary (pronounced Gary). He erased the chalkboard row by row, walking all the way across like a dot matrix printer. So I guess, we have very different images of “Gary-ism”.

I’m concerned about Maggie having eyestrain after all those Gary’s. Did she eventually have to lay down with a cool wet washcloth over her eyes?

keamoose keamoose · Oct 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

BTW, “searching for a Batman named Gary” would make an excellent tagline for SOMETHING.

tcr! tcr! · Oct 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

“Searching for a Batman named Gary” — I think it’d also make an excellent personal ad on craigslist.org.

keamoose keamoose · Oct 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

Yes, it would, though I don’t know why a millionaire crimefighter would reply to an ad on Craigslist. You’d likely get a lot more replies from guys sitting in their parents’ basements wearing plastic capes than from genuine Batmen. Batmans?

tcr! tcr! · Oct 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm

I kinda like “batmen” as it gives them a sense of camaraderie although “batmans” sounds more inline with the DC universe.

keamoose keamoose · Oct 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I preferred “batmen” over “batmans”, but I think that’s it.

I’ve also been advised by tism that “batsman” is right out, as it’s a cricket term… the plural of which is “batsmen”. I’m unreasonably annoyed by “batsmen”; it’s like some kind of double plural. Like there should be at least 3 or 4 of them.

tcr! tcr! · Oct 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

There should definitely be more than two batsmen and definitely more than four batsmens.

keamoose keamoose · Oct 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

Batsmens! 🤣

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Oct 17th, 2017 at 8:25:09 am

tcr! · Oct 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

Me to the other commuter: ya, I’m checking myself out in my rearview. What of it? 💋

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Peace out, John Dunsworth

tcr! · Oct 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

'Trailer Park Boys' Star John Dunsworth Dies at 71

‘Trailer Park Boys’ Star John Dunsworth Dies at 71

John Dunsworth has died at age 71.

The Trailer Park Boys star, who played Jim Lahey on the show and is also known for his work on the Syfy series Haven, died after suffering an unknown illness, his daughter and co-star, Sarah, announced in a statement via social media on Monday.

“With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the family statement read. “John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected in our time of grief.”

#rip #trailerparkboys

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Good night, cat

tcr! · Oct 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Good night cat

🙄 #photos #cats

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Family room cat bed

tcr! · Oct 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Family room cat bed

Five minutes after getting home and I’m her bed.

#photos #cats

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James Veitch is my email replying hero

tcr! · Oct 16, 2017 at 9:03 am

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

#email #spam

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Making perfect plans

tcr! · Oct 16, 2017 at 8:47 am

Audio (MP3): 20171016 - Making perfect plans

Sometimes I’m gonna do something.

I plan it out in my head and think, “This is perfect. This lines up here and that lines up there.”

And then I don’t do it.

And then the next morning I think, “I’m glad I didn’t do that.”

#confessional #diariespodcast

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Oct 15th, 2017 at 10:23:43 pm

tcr! · Oct 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Apparently I’ve been banned from the What’s Happening in Geneva Facebook group.

It may have been because I questioned whether or not an Admin’s post actually happened in Geneva (my inquiry was subsequently deleted). Maybe it was because my best post there garnered over 150 likes while said Admin’s post got 4.

It also may have been because I let the group know that the latest issue of my magazine was now available in Geneva:

Some of you Geneva folk may know that I put out a monthly magazine of things I write and photos I take around the Fox Valley. It’s filled with pretty much the kinda thing you’d expect from me.

This month’s cover photo was taken right outside the Portillo’s by Super Target on the east side. That’s St. Charles turf but whatever. The hydrant flushing piece you all know and love is even in there!

diaries for Sep 2017 - cover diaries for Sep 2017 - inside

Anyways, at this very moment I’m in the Starbucks on State in Geneva and have a few copies of the magazine with me. If you want one, I’ll be here until about 7:15 or 7:20pm.

Yes, you can buy single issues and subscribe for a full year if you’re into that kinda thing.

tcrbang.com/diaries

☕️

Maybe since I don’t have a true brick and mortar store I was crossing the line. Maybe since one of the Admins is a publisher for Fox Valley Magazine, I was competing with and/or threatening him.

Who knows. Who cares. My life will go on after the group just as it most certainly went on before it. 😉

#facebook #diariesmagazine

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3:52 pm on a Sunday afternoon

tcr! · Oct 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Audio (MP3): 20171015 - 3:52 pm on a Sunday afternoon

3:53 pm on a Sunday afternoon

After Maggie goes to her mom’s for the day I’m always taken back by how quiet it is.

After I get home from the errands and the store and have put away the groceries. Shut off the podcast and brought a load of laundry upstairs.

I noticeably hear nothing while putting clean towels away in the bathroom. No TVs talking down in the family room. No cups filling in the kitchen. No movement on beds in the bedrooms. No dresser handles clinking. Nothing but the sounds I, myself, am making.

The black plywood creeks as I walk into my bedroom. The house is so quiet the only thing I hear when I pause is the clock flipping the minutes.

Not long ago there were four of us and three cats. Now there’s just me and two cats. And my phone.

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fleming · Oct 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

I’m so sorry you feel this pain….been there, and you will never NOT notice….but that emotion is what makes you a loving and caring dad!

tcr! tcr! · Oct 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Nah, I’m okay but thank you for your kind words!!

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Momma J Momma J · Oct 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I know what you are feeling

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Momma J Momma J · Oct 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm

I love and respect you so much!

tcr! tcr! · Oct 16, 2017 at 11:38 am

And I have much love and respect for you!

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Outside spider can stay outside

tcr! · Oct 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

Outside spider can stay outside

I like spiders as much as you guys but I’m really glad this guy from last night lives outside.

🚫 🕷 #photos #spiders

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