day 3156

October 23, 2014

day 3156

 “So who WAS that man?”
she asked me; I, proud to say,
“That was Chuck; he’s GREAT!”

Troy’s Book Club: $#*! My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

October 23, 2014

$#*! My Dad Says is a pretty dang fun book by Justin Halpern. I think most people have heard about this book, and it’s portrayal of being raised in a household led by a brash, hard-headed, but kinda sensitive father, but if you haven’t, you ought to check it out. In picking up the book, I thought it might be a bit too snarky or hip for me, with no real emotional content. Well, I’m glad to report that I was mistaken. The book IS full of wise-ass witticisms ( “You got good friends. I like them. I don’t they they would fuck your girlfriend, if you had one”), but it is also full of emotionally mature moments as well, like the short chapter on the author’s time in Little League.

I liked this book because it made me laugh, was conversationally-written, had a couple lead characters who sometimes I liked/sometimes I didn’t, and for as “light” as it was, still had some emotional weight to it.

Some examples of the wisdom in “$#*! My Dad Says”…

“You thought it was hard? If kindergarten is busting your ass, I got some bad news for about the rest of your life.”

“So he called you a homo. Big deal. There’s nothing wrong with being a homosexual….No, I’m not saying you’re a homosexual. Jesus Christ. Now I’m starting to see why he was giving you shit.”

“Don’t touch that knife, you never need to be holding a knife…I don’t give a shit, learn how to butter stuff with a spoon.”

“You worry too much. East some bacon…What? No, I got no idea if it’ll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon.”


If you’d like to enjoy this read, check it out from the library, or pick it up at Boswell Books!

day 3155

October 23, 2014

day 3155

the branch’s halo,
created by the star’s light,
was a reminder

day 3152/day 3153/day 3154

October 21, 2014

day 3152
I looked at the list,
kept thinking I could manage,
I could get it done


day 3153
I looked to the north,
and the clouds marching my way
were most ominous


day 3154
a trigger was pulled,
memories revisited,
and wounds reopened

day 3150

October 10, 2014

day 3150
don’t want to forget
how the lake shimmered that night
with moonlight raining

day 3149

October 6, 2014

day 3149
like so many boons,
her arrival surprised me;
the staying – too brief.

day 3148

October 6, 2014

day 3148
the list keeps growing,
and my progress doesn’t match
the increase in tasks


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