Anita’s love inspires Dud’s great American novel

April 16, 2015

Dud looked at his Anita across the kitchen table and smiled at the wonderment of her. She didn’t take him for granted, and he didn’t take her for granted, either. Seemed like a nice way for a man and his wife to be in love.

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Being American is a great thing to salute

April 9, 2015

“So why do we salute the flag, kids?” Abraham Lincoln Bahdziewicz said.

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Wisdom sometimes overcomes theory

April 2, 2015

Instead of the philosophy counter, we were at the righteous round table yesterday, because Herb got there first and he picked. It’s a good venue at the Mule Barn truck stop when you’re expecting more than three or four members of the world dilemma think tank.

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Climbing mountains of all sizes makes you tired

March 26, 2015

“There’s no sense a-tall,” said Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, “in climbin’ a mountain. Why, you can percolate up to the top and what do you get? Tired.”

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Home Country — Fishing for compliments occupies the guys

March 19, 2015

As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“I like your presentation, Dud,” said Doc, waving his hand-tied midge through the air.

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Take a deep breath of spring and country odors

March 12, 2015

“Whenever we get tired of breathing the same air,” said Doc, “along comes spring.”

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Thank you for investing in our children and schools

March 5, 2015

Last week, King County Elections certified results of the February bond proposition. It is now official: Local voters have approved the bond measure by a strong margin.

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Some gourds are better than others

March 5, 2015

“It’s all watermelon’s fault,” said Steve, shaking his head and sliding in to the philosophy counter.

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Buddies spring Chipper hoax on Doc

March 1, 2015

When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.

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A Chipper attitude makes winter brighter for Doc

February 19, 2015

It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It’s just that … well, Doc is one of those guys who can’t stand to see anyone bored. He claims it’s bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.

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