The Unforgettable Error

Pressure increased the more I moved. I pressed a hand to my swollen abdomen, feeling the hard shell of my skin stretch to accommodate the swirling gases within. I shouldn’t have eaten that chili… When my client offered me some of that evening’s dinner I couldn’t refuse. Not a big fan of beans, I normally would have shunned the steaming pot of chili, but when I looked at ...
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“Proper” Demonstration

"Proper" demonstration
My Dad knows everything We sat with our backs stiff, intently listening as Dad pulled into the faded parking lot of a bowling alley. He wrenched the gear into park and turned in his seat to face us. “Technique is the key to bowling,” he held up one finger to emphasize his point, then went on to explain in lavish detail. My two younger siblings and I had never been bo...
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The Pink Skunk

Ripped pants
Running late Appearances are only skin deep. Or in my case, as thin as the faded mark of an overused sharpie. Ice cream is a fickle thing; without the constant support from a freezer it oozes into a shapeless puddle, rendering it revolting to any customer. With no character of its own, it conforms to whatever whims surround it: melting in the face of heat, hardening when it...
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Catastro-phone

Broken phone
Black. My attempt to respond to my friend’s exciting text message failed miserably when the screen froze, then blackened. It did this frequently. I pressed my thumb into the upper right edge where the power button was and waited for it to turn back on as it usually did. Silence. I pressed again, harder this time. Silence. Uh-oh. Although not the greatest ...
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The Hovercraft – “He Said” version

hovercraft
For the Children It began with too many projects.  We’d subdivided the old farmhouse property, sold the old house and built our new place out back.  We moved in, but much work remained, inside and out.  The new house shared space with the shop, still full of an unfinished airplane project, the Pitts.  Yet another project, a wooden seaplane, graced the garage of our new home....
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The Hovercraft – “She Said” Version

hovercraft
The hovercraft – “She said” version. A hovercraft sounds like the coolest thing ever, but it’s all a lie. I’m here to tell the truth about the hovercraft. First of all, the hovercraft did not have “controls”, it had “suggestions”.  Controls mean that if you steer in a certain direction, the vehicle moves in that direction.  With controls, the driver/operator is in contro...
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Mooby

Mooby
I bought an old Honda Accord so the kids could have a vehicle to drive.  It would primarily be for Sarah who was attending high school at the time.  When Sarah saw the peeling bluish-green paint, she was not particularly impressed.  "Can I paint it?" she asked.  "Of course." So Sarah set to work under Lewis' direction sanding and painting the car.  She painted it whi...
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Hovercraft “mini”

  Lewis' current shop project is a "hover camper" which is a hovercraft that can be converted into a camper so you can have epic adventures.  We may have to have a "he said/she said" for this blog because my husband and I have very different opinions on this one.  He thinks it is awesome.  I do not.  I saw an episode of "Top Gear" where they made a "hover va...
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