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County Fairs/Barely There – (RetroFlash Doggerel*) by
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To the big fair in Springfield we all go up. I drink a bad soda and quickly throw up. The rest of the fair is pretty outrageous As the other kids all think I’m contagious. Fair nearer home filled me with dread Seeing a horse pulling weights suddenly drop dead. They now hold this event…
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Train-ing for Life by
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Prompted By Hobbies

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I have always loved model (never call them “toy”) trains.  I doubt if there is anything particularly Freudian about that — though I have built any number of tunnels for my sets over the years — but I do sometimes wonder what it says about me.  My best guess is that it reflects a broader…
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Our Anniversary RetroFlash by
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Prompted By Anniversaries

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Sinatra sang of having regrets, but too few to mention. Both my wife and I had long previous marriages. Plenty of anniversaries, but a few regrets.   So we married with cautious optimism. Our wedding invitation made this clear: “In a glorious triumph of hope over experience…”   Given our past histories, And our advancing…
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The Grand Tour – Part the Second by
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Prompted By Family Trips

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I am always reluctant to recycle old Retro stories — are the adventures of my life really that finite? – but I felt I just had to do so this week, at least as a starting point, since this story of “The Grand Tour” (“TGT”) with my mother, brother and grandmother when I was sixteen,…
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Johnny Get Your Gun by
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Prompted By Guns Then and Now

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Please excuse the oxymoron, but, as I assume is the case with most Retro writers, I am now violently anti-gun.
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Steady Teddy by
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[Warning: This story is about as prosaic as they come. Insomniacs particularly welcomed.] As a little kid, my “can’t leave home without it” was a teddy bear.  And its name?  Teddy.  My older brother Tom dumped on me for that name but, as some may recall from our recent pet names story, he named our…
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Stanley Jacobs, CPA, and The Price Is Right by
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I watched a lot of TV game shows as a kid.  I won’t bother listing all that I remember, as I’m sure many will be cited and discussed in other Retro stories.  And, for whatever reason, I have absolutely no interest in watching game shows now — even “Jeopardy,” which I have always considered quite…
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I Wouldn’t Want to Belong…. by
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Prompted By Cliques and Clubs

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This week’s prompt reminds me of the famous Groucho Marx line (apocryphal or not): “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”  Indeed, I would not be surprised if some of the other Retro writers also cite it this week. In any event, to the extent it applies…
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