Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:15I had never considered directing the Hillsboro High School spring drama as long as Terry Bebermeyer was in charge of the annual production.
Yes, I had been in charge of a few plays, nearly all comedies. But, they were at the eighth-grade level. More on that in a moment. Mostly, Mr. B is good at directing. He has had a long string of successes, and he always seems to bring out the best in the student actors.
Word came down the line, however, that the master was going to step aside, at least for this year. There didn’t seem to be an immediate clamor to take the reins. I looked around at the talent pool among the students and liked what I saw.
In addition, I thought I might have the perfect play for the group. I stopped by the...
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 07 February 2012 18:32I woke up one morning feeling “punny.” These things were just popping out of my head. Please allow me to share. And to apologize.
The meteorologist stormed out of the studio when his forecast was questioned.
The artist went back to school to brush up on his skills.
His enemy was quickly approaching. The nervous young warrior picked up the bow and arrow and began to quiver.
He tried to remain patient, but the doctor was eventually forced to close his clinic.
As the earthquake began, the soda jerk began to shake.
He arrived at the bar and drank in the scene.
The 37th try was just too much. It was all the movie director could take.
The novelist felt penned in by his deadline.
The carpenter needed to keep a level head.
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:06Here it comes, ready or not. It’s an election year, and that means 11 full months of non-stop political posturing. In fact, thanks to the good folks in Iowa and New Hampshire, the horses are already out of the gate. The water is coming over the dam. The mud is being slung. God bless America.
I look at all the money, and not coincidentally, all the manure being spread around, and I can’t help but feel like the actor James Garner as the lead character in “Support Your Local Sheriff” when he uttered that immortal line to the eldest Danby boy, “When you talk like that, it just makes me feel tired all over.”
And, I am apparently not the only one. The approval rating of Congress is at an all-time low, well under double digits...
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:36I have discovered that one of the fun things about owning a so-called smart phone is the amazing variety of applications a person can download and use. There are apps to turn your wireless device into a flashlight, into a GPS and even into a price checker for use in your favorite grocery store.
But, with all the thousands of apps available, there is still room for more. I have some ideas for applications that are as of yet undeveloped. As least as far as I know.
WifeFinder—This app would be designed to help men find their wives in the mall or large department stores. I don’t know how she does it, but my sweetheart can be right by my side one second then all the way across the store in the blink of an eye. It often takes me 30...
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 08 November 2011 15:57ome random musings for the fall season....
I saw a sign in an auto repair shop restroom a while back that read: “Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” I had to chuckle. How clean do a mechanic’s hands need to be before he covers them with engine grease or tire dirt?
I came across another odd message in a store in the mall. A game’s packaging read: “Fun for ages 5 to 105.” I thought, “Dang, I was seriously considering this for a 106-year-old I know. Now, it’s out of the question.”
Apparently that really was an earthquake many of us felt Saturday evening. I thought my wife was moving stuff around in the next room. She thought I was making the noise. If I had known it was a temblor, I would have paid more...
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