Author: Robert Gerard Hunt - page 19

No Gutzon, No Glory

It can be hard to change your mind about things set in stone.  Especially icons. My father worked second shift when I was very young, and it was not unusual for me to be awake to greet him when he returned home.  It might explain why my earliest memories include the experience of watching our local..

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The Reluctant Athlete

If gloves could talk…this one wouldn’t have much to say. “You want me to play softball in a prison?” I asked incredulously. “I know,” said Brian in a calm tone that resonated with sympathy and reassurance.  We both knew that my objection had little to do with the unusual venue, and it was painfully obvious that he..

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Sweet Home, Perstai

Standing before my 2-story home in Perstai.  I hope to add a basement soon. “You should get a home in Perstai, Dad,” urged Melinda.  I had reservations.  I was not looking for new ways to occupy my time, and I had seen how willingly Melinda would sacrifice a free hour here and there to amble about her virtual..

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Stranger Danger

One minute everything is fine, and then… Twice in my life I have been momentarily convinced that a total stranger was about to kill me.  Given my sheltered upbringing and habitual avoidance of risky behavior and potentially unsafe scenarios, it seems an unlikely statistic.  Both incidents occurred when I was a college student engaged in..

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Reminiscents

I hadn’t thought about this object for quite some time. The other I day I was teaching my class while walking about the room with a long, wooden pointer that I sometimes use to highlight important information but mostly enjoy twirling as a prop.  There’s something about giving it a few spins that seems to..

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Organization Man

First by artist, then by original release date.  An island of control in a sea of chaos. I am not an obsessively organized person, but I will acknowledge a few quirks that, to some, may represent an unnecessary attention to detail, if not a hint of madness.  Although many facets of general housekeeping escape my..

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Art For Hoi Polloi: Salvador Dali

Lowbrow meets lowbrow: Rocky emulators sprint up the visage of Salvador Dali. Recently I came across a live webcam of a construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida.  I was surprised to find not only active workers but fairly interesting activities going on, and I zoomed in to watch a pair of laborers installing triangular glass..

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Confidentially…

What do Bugs Bunny, taking a bath, and a precocious vocabulary have in common? This is a cautionary tale, a story of how ignorance and the nuances of language can combine with coincidence to convey an unintended message of a mortifying caliber.  It is the true account of a boy who was unaware that the unpleasantness..

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Yes, Wonderful

Ever have one of those days? “I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.” “Aw, youth is wasted on the wrong people!” “This old thing?  Why, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” “Well, I’m sorry – HEY!” “Out you two pixies go, through the door or out the..

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Please Rewind

Do the abbreviations SP, LP, and SLP mean anything to you? The year is 2009.  The setting:  an elementary school.  During a break between classes, I dart into the office and scan the staff mailboxes.  Lurking in my apportioned slot is a shrink-wrapped, rectangular box of vaguely familiar dimensions.  I retrieve the item and turn it..

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