Archive for June, 2010

I’m African?

Posted in Books, Humor, Writing on June 16, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Every few days, I do a search for my book just to see where it shows up.  Today, I found it on AfricanWriter.com.

The only thing I can think is that humans evolved in Africa, so in that sense we’re all Africans.  That, or they just take any book.

Did she have a son named John?

Posted in Humor, Odds on June 14, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I’m reading The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson by Terry Coleman.  I read a little bit this afternoon before heading out to meet some friends, and came across something that just had me laughing for a good twenty minutes or so.  Horatio had a daughter, named Horatia, who had a governess named Sarah Connor.  I guess I’m easily amused, because on my drive to the theater I kept hearing Arnold asking, “Sarah Connor?”

Walking can be dangerous

Posted in Humor, Odds on June 1, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Last night I went for a nostalgic walk around a town I lived in for a year.  I had planned on writing up a blog about it, but I think most of my experiences last night are rather nebulous and things nobody would care about.  But I did have on heart-stopping moment, which I think you’ll find amusing.

A little background first.  I started taking late night walks in college.  They’re a way for me to burn off nervous energy and a way to let my mind wander.  On my college walks, I found a nice intersection with little traffic.  I’ll state that again as a CYA, at midnight or 1AM, there is rarely, if any traffic at this intersection.  What I would do is stand in the middle, where the yellow lines would cross.  It’s an odd sensation.  I liken it to Dead Poets Society where he tells the students to stand on their desks to get a slightly different view of the room.  Standing in the middle of an intersection is a different view of the streets than you normally have.

Anyway, in the town I was walking around, there’s one street where a railroad crosses.  As I approached it, I couldn’t remember if I had ever stood in the middle of that intersection.  Of course, as soon as I decided to do it, I saw a car approaching.  Being intelligent, I decided to wait until it passed.  When it passed, I saw that it was a cop car.  So I then waited for it to turn at the next block and be out of sight before I stepped out into the middle of the road.

When I got to the middle, I looked up the yellow lines of the street.  I turned to my left and looked down the tracks.  I turned to my left and looked down the yellow lines in the other direction.  I turned to my left and THERE WAS A FUCKING TRAIN A 100 FEET AWAY!  It was parked there, but I did not know that for the first millisecond.  It was parked far enough back from the street that I hadn’t seen it walking towards the intersection, and then I had been watching the cop car, so I hadn’t looked in that direction.

After several curses, I figured that was enough excitement for one night.  I could just see the headlines, “Man frightened to death by parked train.”

May Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Website, Writing on June 1, 2010 by oneoveralpha

See my writing news from the month of May, and see what I’m planning on doing in June.

http://www.oneoveralpha.com/Newsletter.htm#May10