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Today’s Earworm


  • I finally gave in and just bought the junk food Girlie Bear wanted to take for her camping trip this weekend.  It’s only two nights, so scurvy probably won’t set in.
  • I don’t know what was funnier, Girlie Bear’s face when I said I thought I might volunteer to chaperone said trip, or her face when I told her that I couldn’t go.
  • I am going to find the person who wrote the documentation for the new software I am using at work and beat them with a manhole cover.  “To use this feature, please reference section 5 of the release notes”  “To use this feature, please refer to section 7 of the user’s guide.”  “To use this feature, please refer to the on-line help.”  “Error 404, File Not Found”
  • It finally happened.  I caught a young man checking out Girlie Bear when we stopped to get a burger for dinner tonight. I was quite civilized about the whole thing, but if he dies from an aneurism tonight, it may be my fault.

A Letter to Kroger

A few weeks ago, I asked those who could to keep their receipts after shopping at Kroger and related businesses, then to send them to the companies customer relations department with a letter thanking them for staying neutral in the gun rights argument.  I’ve seen a few of you post your letters, and here’s mine.
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Dear Sir and/or Ma’am,

Our family has shopped at Kroger and her related businesses for many years, and I am writing to thank you for welcoming us in your stores.  You see, you have recently been assailed by anti-gun zealots, who are attempting to bully your company into changing your policy when it comes to the lawful carry of weapons by your customers.  You chose to continue to follow local laws in your stores, and we want to thank you for that.

Thank you for staying out of that argument and treating your customers like reasonable adults.  It is a breath of fresh air for a company to have the good sense to not take a side in something like this, and follow the laws in the areas in which you have stores.

During the last month, after anti-rights groups called for a boycott of your stores, I began to keep my families Kroger receipts and tallied up the amount we have spent at our local stores, and it came to $415.07 spent on food and fuel.  I am enclosing those receipts with this letter.  I have asked my friends and family to follow suit, because we want you to know that while some may shun your businesses due to your stance of following the law and not imposing ideology, there are many more of us who will continue to use Kroger because you choose to stay out of this fight and just do business.

Again, thank you for treating us like responsible, peaceful, law-abiding adults, and welcoming our business.


Daddy J. Bear

Louisville, Kentucky

Today’s Earworm

Book Review – Forge A New Blade

Peter Grant, proprietor of Bayou Renaissance Man, has put out the next installment in his Laredo trilogy.  “Forge a New Blade” picks up where “War to the Knife” leaves off, with the characters on both sides of the war picking up the pieces and moving on after the battles at the end of the first book.  It’s a fast read, but not a light one.  Fans of his Maxwell Saga series of books will be happy to see the two story lines intermingle, with Steve Maxwell appearing to work with the Laredo resistance to hurt the Bactrian invaders.

The book centers around efforts by the Laredans to force the Bactrians off of their home planet.  Grant does a good job in giving insight into what it takes to build up a military force from scratch.  The world-building of the Maxwell series and the first book in the Laredo trilogy create a great base for him to build on.  He also explores the intricate Bactrian government, with their young, new ruler trying to find a way out of the domestic and foreign quagmires that his predecessors created.

If you’re looking for a good read for yourself or a young person and like tales of intrigue, resistance, and tenacity, this is the one for you.  I definitely look forward to the next book.

Disclaimer – I was a beta reader of this book, but received nothing from Peter for this review.

News Roundup

  • From the “Get A Rope” Department – A man in New York has been ordered to spend weekends in jail for four months and to pay $17,000 to replace the bronze grave markers he stole from veterans’ graves last year.  I say he got off light.  Personally, I think he ought to be bronzed and placed at the gate to the local military cemetery as a warning to other scumbags.   Next to it, I want the owner of the scrap yard that took the markers without noticing things like ranks, campaigns, and dates for birth and dates.  If he knew what he was taking, he’s the scum of the earth and needs to be drug behind a deuce and a half through an old impact zone on Fort Ord.  If he’s too stupid to know what he was looking at, then he needs to be taken out of the gene pool before he breeds.
  • From the “Good Luck” Department – Panama City, Florida, a destination for spring breakers and a place on my map to avoid while we wend our way to our vacation spot this summer, has designated the entire month of March as spring break, and will be enforcing a new law that outlaws alcohol on pubic beaches and liquor sales after 2 AM.  For those of you who have led a good life and don’t know this, college students and sneaky high school students tend to flock to beach resorts to spend money and kill brain cells during spring break.  Panama City has been plagued with this yearly invasion for several decades, and it would appear that the seedier crowd is taking over.  Multiple rapes and other crimes were reported in the past few years, and this appears to be an attempt to reign in the crazy.  I wish them luck, and look forward to more reports of drunken teenagers getting into trouble next spring.
  • From the “Good Advice” Department – A police department in Massachusetts has advised citizens to not chase bears through the woods, drunk, and carrying a hatchet.  I wholeheartedly support this viewpoint.  Getting that drunk is not good for you, running with a hatchet is never a good idea, and it’s probably not good for the bears to have that much alcohol in their snacks.
  • From the “Cloudy Water” Department – A spearfisher in Florida recently used a video camera to document an encounter with a 12 foot great white shark.  He claims that the shaky video is because he was trying to juggle his spear, a bag of fish, and the camera, which is wholly believable.  Why else would you be shaking, crying, and messing your wetsuit when a large apex predator is checking you out like you were the meat lover’s pizza on a buffet?
  • From the “Hope and Change” Department – Giggles, a one year old pig, is running for mayor of Flint, Michigan.  His qualifications appear to be that he’s not a money hog, doesn’t have a criminal record, and will not feed at the trough of special interests.  His opponents are attacking his candidacy, asking if he knows about clean water and fiscal policy.  That, of course, begs the question of how much they themselves know about such issues, but I digress.  Confidential sources tell me that Giggles will be getting several endorsements from public sector unions, which are used to getting into bed with swine.  DaddyBear’s Den endorses Giggles’ candidacy, and I wish him luck as he tries to turn Flint into a real sty instead of a figurative one.

Today’s Earworm

Today’s Earworm


  • It is rarely a good sign when the replacement part has more issues than the original.
  • Being a grown up means that you take a pass on a gun-related class that sounds really interesting so that you can attend graduation parties.
  • I wrote a scene last night, then asked people who knew more then me about the scenario.  Now I’m going back and rewriting the scene.
  • It’s a sad testament to my life when putting tick and flea repellent on the cat was the most exciting thing I did all day.
    • I’m proud to say that I didn’t bleed at all, but it was a near run thing.
  • I love living in the future.  Tonight, I used laundry machines with more computing power than the Apollo spacecraft to wash our clothes, picked out a television program that was cancelled before I was born from a selection of thousands of choices, and watched it on a television that had more surface area than a coffee table.  Now, all I need is a rocket pack and a robot maid who folds the laundry.


  • Irish Woman has had a spring head cold these past few days, and I finally got her to go to the doctor on Friday.  His advice was to consume honey, drink more water, and rest.
    • You know, I never thought I’d hear advice like that from a civilian doctor.  Only thing he missed was a 90 day supply of Motrin.
    • Somehow, I don’t think this is what he meant, but it seems to be working.
  • It takes real talent to talk to me about making a donation to your semi-political cause, and have me come away convinced that I need to make a donation to your opposition.
  • I can build strong, and I can build ugly.  Apparently, I cannot yet build something that is easy to disassemble.
    • Removing fence staples that have been properly hammered into posts is not fun, in case anyone was wondering.
  • I’m lucky in my choice of mate.  It isn’t every woman who would be pleased with a galvanized stock tank for Mother’s Day.

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