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Stealth Dog

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This past weekend Kemba jumped off the roof. Yes, my writing students at Blackham Middle School in Bridgeport, this is hyperbole.  But not by much. Wait, though.  Let’s back up a little. From the time Kemba emigrated from Canada, as a little ball of fluff, he never seemed to be where we were sure we’d […] [Read More]
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We’re Having a Dog Party! And You’re Invited!

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I am SO, SO, SO excited!  Mrs. B told me that to welcome me and Beagle Man home from LA/XC-4, and to celebrate the completion of Beagle Man’s series of four cross-country road trips, and to congratulate Robby on his college graduation, she’s throwing a big backyard barbecue FOR ALL THE DOGS I KNOW!  It’s […] [Read More]
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Dead Fish: It’s a Wrap!

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LA/XC-4 DAY THIRTY-ONE:  POSTING FROM WESTPORT, CT Last-day mileage from Port Clinton, OH to Westport, Ct:  571 Total LA/XC-4 mileage:  8,710 Road Music:  Sirius cycle; Spurs-Clippers; Gretchen Wilson (Here For the Party); Little Big Town (Tornado, Pain Killer); Mets-Yanks Weather leaving Port Clinton Sunday morning: 55 gorgeous, cloudless degrees Weather arriving Westport Sunday night / […] [Read More]
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Parting Shots

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When I’m not writing for Beagle Man, I’m writing for brands. So here’s a summary of my trip in the form of a Best Western commercial. Best Western Hotels/“Hank and Kemba”  :30  WE OPEN ON A MAN AND HIS DOG WALKING INTO THE LOBBY OF A BEST WESTERN. WE HEAR HIS VOICE FROM OFF-CAMERA. VO: […] [Read More]
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The Centennial Beach Massacre, Touchdown Jesus, the Blue Lep . . . and Much More!!!

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LA/XC-4 DAYS TWENTY-NINE AND THIRTY:  POSTING FROM PORT CLINTON, OHIO Two-day mileage from Kenosha, WI to Port Clinton, OH:  481 Total LA/XC-4 mileage:  8,139 Road Music:  “Sweet Home Alabama” endlessly, to see if it still deserves #1 on Hank Herman’s 300 Favorite Songs of All Time, the revised edition, coming out this summer (I think […] [Read More]
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On My Own Again (to the tune of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”)

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LA/XC-4 DAYS TWENTY-TWO THROUGH TWENTY-EIGHT:  POSTING FROM KENOSHA, WI Seven-day mileage from Mount Shasta, CA to Kenosha, WI:  2,761 Total LA/XC-4 mileage:  7,659 Road Music:  Sirius cycle; NBA “red zone” (e.g., listening to the ends of all the playoff games); LA/XC-4 playlist (The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Tom Petty, et al); Hank’s 300 Favorite Songs […] [Read More]
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Make Up Your Mind, Beagle Man!

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Help me out here.  I really do want to play by the rules . . . but what are the rules?  As far as I can tell, they keep changing.  Last Monday, down at Huntington Beach in California (seems like a long time ago!), Beagle Man sent me charging into the ocean after tennis balls.  […] [Read More]
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Kemba The Dancing Frog

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 There was this Looney Tunes cartoon when I was little: This old man’s walking down the street, when he comes across a dancing frog in a top hat singing “Hello! Ma Baby.” He can’t believe his eyes! But when he tries to show his discovery to literally anyone else on the planet, the frog just […] [Read More]
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