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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

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Maybe I can fail this week? Hope so!! I read Wired, every issue, especially the back where they have real science. This story was about people who failed. In 1964 two astronomers at Bell labs, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were trying to use a radio telescope to map the big parts of the universe where there is no light. They were trying to see in the dark. They made a receiver that was very sensitive with lots of amplifiers. But it turned out to be too... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Groundhog Day If you didn't notice, last Tuesday was Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil got scared or didn't? So, 6 more weeks of winter or not? Is that winter like last week when it was 72 and sunny or winter like week before when it was 10 and snow? I don't think Phil knows, I think he's just a chicken. The good thing about Groundhog day is that they always show the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. If you've never seen it, Bill Murray is a TV... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, February 11, 2017

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The Curve Ball When I was 8 - 9 - 10 years old my brother and I played Little League baseball in a church league. (There are 3 or 4 kids that played with us that go to Hope 45 years later.) We were the Pitcher / Catcher duo. If he pitched, I caught. If I pitched, he caught. He was a better pitcher and I was a better catcher…. I was always the biggest kid in the league (I was 6'2" and 220 when I was 13). I was big and strong and slow. Every home run I ever hit had to... Read More
Posted by Mack Oates at Saturday, February 4, 2017