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Posted 11/20/19

“Have you ever been at a loss for something to write about?” asked Dr. Martin Fechner at a gathering at the home of he and his wife Zoe last night. Zoe had invited me to a steak dinner they had …

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“Have you ever been at a loss for something to write about?” asked Dr. Martin Fechner at a gathering at the home of he and his wife Zoe last night. Zoe had invited me to a steak dinner they had offered at a Spring Fling event at our church. I did not bid on their dinner but got to go anyway, without charge, in exchange for reading some of my comedic columns.

I chose “Losing It For Women Only” which was from Feb. 1, 2008 and thought I would limit it to just that one because I didn't want to overdo it. But then I ran across “Winging Cow Chips” from May 21, 2004 and “Male Orderless Shopping” from March 12, 2004. And one more which was published on April 5, 2013 called “Beyond Death's Door.” This was my first paid gig, since I was reading for my supper, so it was no time to be stingy.

I confessed to Martin that I had nothing planned for the week my column was due while I was in Florida for two weeks and that I had to write it the next day, Sunday, which is today. I am leaving tomorrow, Monday at 8AM. Sending it in now avoids the problem of taking my laptop on the plane.

Some people there knew that I write a column but were surprised that I was still doing it. Others, including Martin, didn't know that I had taken that direction 16 years ago. They just knew that I had done some funny stuff with Yarnslinger's and also with John Bale at the North Branch Inn. I had rehearsed in front of a few friends here and that's how the word got around.

What I read at Martin and Zoe's house got a lot of laughs and prompted others to tell some funny jokes.

In answer to Martin's question about finding something to write about, I told him that I wasn't limited to subjects as some columnists are, which makes it easier. For example ones limited to sports, religion, finances, gardening, fishing, etc. And somehow I came up with an idea about what to write about today.

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