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Public Holiday Unadventures of South Landia

December 21, 2014

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Walk with me: I’m sitting eating brunch in a superficial, modern, chain-store version of Tex-Mex, which nevertheless always has fairly fresh ingredients and a lovely greeting when you come through the door. It sits in one of those sprawling shopping centers which is now way cooler than those so-yesterday indoor malls (please). Apparently, we’ve decided […]

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Handle

May 25, 2013

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Jack hesitated when he finally found the blood-red door and noticed the skeleton for a handle. Just part of the show he assured himself, since he was still in the safer tourist part of the island. Still he had to will himself to continue on, ignoring the internal physical protest. The sun was setting on the main […]

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Land Snark

October 28, 2012

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Snark. The fuel that is propelling our current American culture. Land of the Free, protected by a shallow moat of snark infested waters. It’s the new capital in capitalism. Want to be King Rat of the rat race? Snark is your bait cheese of choice. Want to be involved in the governance of this fine […]

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Plastic Pastoral

October 14, 2012

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I am in love with this picture. I really am. I’m giggling right now as I type. Every time I see it, I at least smile. Which is apropos to its origins into my little world. As many of you that know me on the ol’ Facebook are aware, I post a couple of silly […]

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Just a Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

September 29, 2012

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Let’s just be straight about this: It’s all bullshit. Well, not really IT. IT is what IT is. I’m talking about your notions and versions of what it all is. Your -isms. Your pretty little encompassing boxes with colorful, thematic wrapping and maybe a nice bow or some other appealing accessories to make it presentable, […]

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Blue…

September 22, 2012

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blue rays

Blue. I know her well. No, she knows me well. She has been with me from the beginning. She has loved me from the start. She taught me to feel. How the taste is so bittersweet. I did not know she was Blue then. She was just pervasively there. There was no distinction to be […]

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Adventures in Group Therapy

March 27, 2012

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I went into that first Narcotics Anonymous meeting like I’ve gone into so many things: wide-eyed and daunted. One of the reasons I had picked this group, beyond the proximity to the homestead, was the size of the group. More people meant more anonymity.  “Nothing to see here, folks. Let’s keep moving…” My reason for being […]

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Black Hills & Badlands

March 18, 2012

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John suddenly paused as he approached his rig from across the expansive parking lot. Something his body did without waiting for his brain to request it. His brain was more occupied with making sure he got to the truck with two six-packs, two chili dogs, and two packs of cigarettes still in balance. He caught […]

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“Hey, Man. You Guys Know ‘Free Bird’?”

March 15, 2012

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There you are. Up on stage. Cheap par can lights with color gels duct-taped over them are heating the side of your face from an intimate distance. The atmosphere a southerly stew of stale beer, cigarette smoke, hair-spray, and “Yeee-eeee-eeew!” You’ve made it through the first little three-rock-block of cover tunes to open your set […]

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Three…

March 3, 2012

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I remember waking up and not really knowing where I was. Seeing the square grid of the overhead bunk’s undercarriage wasn’t helping much. The snoring in a corner of the metallic cave gave a clue… Oh…yeah… …any minute now a mostly hairless Smokey the Bear (hat, and all) was going to burst into these old barracks at the […]

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Gradgrind On This!

December 3, 2011

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So the perty boy took the nite off…to go play with that perty little wife of his if he’s smart as he thinks he is…and said I could write somethin’. He’ll probly just go play with himself…all uppity and shit. I told him “Hey I got a story for your ass. Lemme at this bloggity […]

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In Through the Out Door

November 26, 2011

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We are somewhat diametric creatures, so the story goes. Those quick on the uptake readily recognize that we are animal. Inspection reveals a chemically charged bag of bones. A collective of evolved responses to physical stimuli, if you will. And for some of us…hell, perhaps many, we can stop right there. The view is just fine, […]

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Just Let Your Soul Glo

November 12, 2011

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It wasn’t like I was looking for any sort of extra excitement in a Publix, on a weeknight, at the intersection of Grown-up Country Lane and New Suburbia Avenue. I’m there for ‘puppy pads’ (though they’re hardly puppies any more), and something else I was trying not to forget then and can’t remember now… So […]

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Love, American Style

October 16, 2011

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A good Shaman knows that magic is alchemy. Playing with the cations and anions, physically and mentally. I hadn’t learned that yet, at least on a conscious level. I was getting there. Bumbling down the path. Still possessing more energy than sense, which can be hilarious, tragic, and dangerous. The good thing, though, was that I […]

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Bathrooms of the Rich and Famous!

October 3, 2011

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“I have used the bathroom in many of the largest, richest homes in the Charleston Area.” This is a bit of an inside joke for me (normally said more crudely). Very inside. And funny to me on a few levels; for I am vast, I contain multitudes (eyes rolling). But it may also be just […]

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What’s your deal, anyway?

September 24, 2011

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It’s Mario Puzo’s fault, man. When I read “Fools Die” as a teenager it was over for me. The first kindred spirit. The first thing I could REALLY relate to. In the box. The feel, the tone, of feeling the box and going a bit crazy about it. Or maybe not crazy enough. Perhaps the […]

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Blah is a Blah Blah!!!

September 4, 2011

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Gratuitous

Blah…blah blah blah? So, blah celebrity blah the other blah, and blah blah exposed blah’s ‘Blah Blah Blah Blah’. Blah this blah, blah is actually blah, but blah are promoting “Blah of the Blah”. I mean, even with the sexy blah blah, watching Blah Blah on blah is like blahing a blah blah in a […]

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What’s this “Surface Nuisance”?

September 3, 2011

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Tonight, in three acts, we present the story of why this blog is named ‘surface nuisance’. And I need to make my self-imposed deadline, so let’s not dally… Act I It’s the mid ’80s or so, and I am flunking out of the College of Charleston because I am my somewhat basket case self, and […]

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Dear Facebook…

August 28, 2011

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I wanted to let you know up front that I’ve been seeing this other social network. Her name is Google Plus – sorry, Google+. Well it’s important to her, apparently. Anyway, I was invited to her house recently with some friends, and it was all good fun. But we’re just friends getting to know each […]

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