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Big Foot? When I was in engineering school at Vanderbilt I majored in Computer Science. If I had had my way I would never have left the computer lab. Every other class was a hassle. But they wanted me to be a well rounded student so I had to take "Humanities" classes. That could be anything from History to English Lit to Economics. The problem with all of those courses is that the whole grade was based on a big paper at the end of the course. I hate writing papers. My... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, March 18, 2017

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"OK, lean back for me…" I used to be a volunteer Young Life leader.  We took kids to summer camp every year in North Carolina to a camp called Windy Gap. They had a "Ropes Course". A ropes course is a bunch of heavy rope and cables tied between trees. You get up in the tops of the trees (40 - 60 feet up in the air) and walk across the ropes and cables from tree to tree. Each crossing is a different kind of bridge. One was a "V" type... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Pick any 3 A few years ago I ordered one of my favorite cookbooks. I waited for it from November to March. I'm not allowed to buy cookbooks on my own, especially in November, because that's what I get for Christmas and Birthday. The cookbook was "ad hoc at home" by Thomas Keller. If you've been reading my stories for very long you know that Thomas Keller is by far my favorite chef and his cookbooks are the ones I cook from over and over. He is probably the... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, March 4, 2017

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She Smelled like bacon The things I remember most are smells. The "Old book" smell in my grandmother's house, the hospital smell where my son was born and spent 3 months with the best nurses in the world. The smell of Aqua Velva aftershave that my dad wore every day. The smell of a broken bottle of Geritol that was always there in the wholesale drug company I worked in every summer. Breathe it in and youth returns… I got a new cookbook. The first... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, February 25, 2017