Chuck at the Food Court

“You know, there use to be a graying tower alone on the sea? You guys ever hear of this?” Chuck heard the table behind him say.

He sat alone in a mall food court, eating pizza between shopping runs.  It was birthday season and he liked to get all his shopping done at once.  People watching was always nice too, but sometimes people left him questioning reality.  The conversation behind him had piqued his interest.

“There’s so much a man can tell you, so much he can say.  In particular, Mr. Ronald Riehns, historian of the Gray Tower that stands alone in the sea.” Another person at the table said. Continue reading

Building the App

I’m slowly coming into my own with coding.  Slowly.  As with any new skill, application is very important.  But how to apply the skill? Good golly, that’s a focus issue that needs to be sorted out.

Right now!

Apps under consideration… Continue reading

Sunset Musings

And now….

Sunset Musings and Considerations.

Volume 1.

*ahem*

People have been cut by smooth jazz CDs.

Thank you.

Clarence’s Movie Experience

Clarence looked around the movie set with awe and confusion.

“Mr. Down,” someone called from afar.  Clarence was never comfortable being addressed as ‘mister’.  Despite spending years in public service, ‘Mr. Down’ would always be his father’s name.  He turned to see who was seeking him.

A round man ran toward him.  The film’s producer, Wyatt Pickle.  Clarence doubted that was the man’s given name, but liked to think there was a full lineage attached to the Pickle name.

“Wyatt, good to see you,” Clarence said.  His affable nature and sturdy handshakes were keys to his story; the story that was now being immortalized in a blockbuster movie produced by Wyatt Pickle and a team of movie industry elites. Continue reading

Dash Alarm

“Thank you all for being here.  I’m excited to tell you about the opportunity,” the inventor said, giddy with the prospect of investors liking his idea.

“Tell us more about ‘Dash Alarm’,” requested the investor impatiently.

“Dash Alarm sends a signal from emergency vehicles to a flashing light inside cars.  Loud music? Wearing headphones? No worries. Dash Alarm will let you know.  Drivers have a better chance of reacting in time, we overcome sound ordinances, and emergency vehicles will be a little safer at high speeds.” the inventor explained.

The investors huddled for a moment allowing only faint whispers to be heard outside their circle.

“Interesting, but I don’t think people will pay attention to one more light in the cab.  How do you overcome that?” Another investor questioned.

“That’s where our upgraded version comes into play. ‘D@sh @larm.” The inventor said,  “With D@sh @larm, emergency vehicles will tweet drivers letting them know to move over. The driver will check their notifications almost immediately.”

“Now that’s innovation!  People are way more likely to look at their phones while driving than they are to take note of some silly dash board light,” the third investor said, pulling out a check book.

 

Must Haves: Amusement Parks

The big amusement park here in ol’ Colorado is Elitch Gardens. Elitch’s for the hip folks who prefer to discuss things efficiently and everyone knows what you’re referencing anyway.  I digress.  I’ve never really cared for the amusement park experience personally.  Roller Coaster Tycoon was my jam long ago.  Just like saying “my jam” was the world’s jam long ago.

The ideal amusement park is a tricky topic.  There’s no right. There’s no wrong.  There’s only amusing. That ever popular incomprehensible concept that drives humanity to the arts, to science, to discovery, to betterment.  These parks have some awesome responsibility.

There’s also the possibility of pizza and sticky concrete all over the place.  These parks have some weird possibilities.

Possibilities like…

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Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! Here are some thoughts for my tombstone’s epitaph.

Pox came down and smashed this clown

His final word rhymed with orange

He tried. He died. Lesson learned. Continue reading