Granger: 2nd Cup Saturday, 4/11/2020: THE VETERAN OF 1,003 MELODIES
The man’s steps slowed, and he hesitated at the unknown road leading off to the right. Silver-haired and of normal build, he wore casual, comfortable, neutral-colored clothes, for he usually walked as weather and schedule permitted. He stood for a moment, eyeing the safe, regular, normal route leading straight ahead. That was his usual route. … Continue reading
2nd Cup – QTMs for 3/7/2020: WELL, ARE YOU?
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once told me, “You grow when you can’t go on, but you refuse to quit!” I took what he said to heart, because I know he lived that philosophy. I’d read after him for years, and finally got the chance to meet him. I patiently stood in line for 8 months. When … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 1/29/2020: WHAT’S THE STORY ON LOVE?
I originally came across this great little story in August of 2007. Approaching Valentines Day, it seems to me with the national psyche and popular culture at its current state, it’s time to revisit the subject. I want to share it and some time-modified comments with you as Valentine’s Day 2020 approaches. Please–read on. . … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/18/19: GOD’S RABBIT
When the journey has made you weary and you can’t see the way home, it’s comfort to the soul to encounter someone who does. Captain Golden and I had spent hours in the frigid air aloft over northeastern Montana, doing our best in a trusty little T-33 to dodge and frustrate the efforts of two … Continue reading
Saturday 2nd Cup for 10/5/19: BETTER? NOT.
He awakened to the familiar discadent drum section warmup. A Fall overnight thunderstorm was his alarm, and he laid there for a few extra moments, listening, sensing, absorbing. The Columbian Supremo he’d prepared the night before was ready. So was he. As he poured the fresh, steaming java into his big white Perkatory mug, he … Continue reading
A Granger Story – 2nd Cup of Coffee, 2/8/19: THE GRANGER EFFECT – Chapter 3
Glennis I greeted him, and was surprised by a well-modulated voice somewhere in the second tenor, maybe baritone range. As I moved toward the chair he showed me, I glanced around his digs. There was a delightful hodgepodge of things here and there, obviously mementos picked up from travel. It was definitely a man’s room. Yet … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 4/8/19: WHO YOU TALKIN’ FOR?
4-year-old Randall was eating an apple in the back seat of the SUV, when he asked, “Daddy? Um, why is my appo tuhning bwown?” Clearing his throat, his father began. “It turns brown because after you ate the skin off, the meat of the apple was exposed to the air which caused it to oxidize, … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee from TIME TRIALS, 3/14/19: A SHOWER’S NO BIG DEAL, RIGHT?
A shower ranks right in there with your broom and dustpan. Lather, rinse, repeat. EVery morning, and sometimes in the afternoon following sweaty work or exercise. Boring. Repetitive. Showering and getting presentable is part of a normal morning ritual, almost overlooked in its sameness. Regular. That makes you all the more curious why I’m writing … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 3/1/19: REMEMBER ‘CAT’S IN THE CRADLE’?
She sat in IHOP, ignoring the most precious things in her life. A young mom, she’d brought her two daughters, Sevenish and Threeish, to sit eating all-you-can-eat pancakes, while she hunched over her phone, 13 or so inches in front of her face, with Someone Somewhere else. The girls knew. Their occasional tentative “Mommy?”s were … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee for 2/26/19: JUST KIDDING… and KIDDING… and . . .
Kidding is NOT for cowards nor the weak of knees. Raising children has always been the reserve of rank amateurs; by the time we’ve kind of got a handle on it, we’re grandparents – and we have a whole new rulebook. Now, in a world seemingly overrun by ‘adult’ children, the task is all but … Continue reading