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1) the lead picture: gift envelope from my friend zoe… (as a rule, I have never been a fan of receiving mail, seeing how up until the last year, all I got was/were bills). But here I am, getting envelopes from foreign countries and, even Massachusetts!

2) …contained in the (above) envelope was a gift (also from zoe, which should be no surprise, as she was the one who sent the envelope) a card holder… as in business card.  very cool

3) I am grateful for whatever it is that gets me to jump up and include a piece of my ‘real life’ in a blog Post.  Let me re-phrase that: I am grateful for the friends I have here in the ‘sphere,  because I am, apparently, quite comfortable including pretty much any strange-ass thought/impression/occurrence on these pages.   An example: so, like, a few minutes ago, I’m cable-surfing and stop for a second at the Weather Channel because I hear someone say, ‘Indiana‘… naturally I think, ‘hey, thats where Christine lives!’*  The whether guy says, “…a threat of thunderstorms into tonight, and we have to mention, of course, that there is always a chance of tornadoes in or around or near the center of this area (a red blob on his whether map), there is a 3 out of 10 chance** of possible tornadoes!!  So you should be prepared with your NOAA radios or apps and standby for any  ‘life threatening warnings‘!”  I laughed.

4) I am grateful that I don’t live with Dyanne (well, not grateful that I don’t live with her…that might not be awful, just not in Tornado Junction OK (or Missouri or wherever it is she and I do not live together at)… I was raised on the 1940s movie, ‘Wizard of Oz’, and even though I have never seen a tornado in person, I find the very concept totally frightening. Now, I’ve stood on the beach as the eye of a hurricane passes,  but tornadoes? …way too identifiable, personal, specific …scary storms.

5) hey, older Readers!! anyone of an an age to have seen and enjoyed watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’, allow me to recommend ‘Tin Man’  this is a most excellent re-telling of the original… you should look it up and watch it, you’ll be glad you did. (Hey hey! according to my reading of the the BoSR, (aka BoR) this counts as a paid-forward-gratitude-item!)

6) glad that this bloghop enables me to make movie recommendations! My reading of ‘the Book’ says that if you take my advice, watch the movie and enjoy it, then next week you should have a 10% easier time writing your TToT!

7) I am grateful this week to my wife Phyllis for writing our Guest Post Thursday Guest Post this week…very nice work, quite rogerian  (the rogerian weeks are coming to be my favorite of the three cycling Guest Posts)

8) I am hypograteful for the progress of the current Summer season. I am, of course, glad the days are long and last almost until night, but I am one of those people who, when asked by some scott ‘Hey!  hot enough for ya?!’  will answer, sincerely and truthfully, ‘why no, no it is not hot enough for me’. I see ahead on the calendar… scenes of Eskimos raking leaves and gathering food for the long, cold and not warm winter season. In fact, when I leave the office in the middle of the day, and my car has been sitting in the sun for a couple of hours, I enjoy putting both hands on the steering wheel and feeling the warmth, sort of a 29.3 mpg sauna, ya know?

9) …that so many of my friends online go on vacation….Lizzi this week, Christine last week, Dyanne the week before and…and Joy the week before that, I enjoy the concept of ‘going on a vacation’ and so get a kick out of hearing about their time, at the shore, in the woods, on the road.

10)  …oh, yeah! I am grateful for all the new Readers and Participants at this here bloghop, here  ( like Pattie  and Val  and NaPR  and Jen… Summer can be busy and often the ‘regulars’ have activities that draw them away during these weeks. (Sort of how, if you had to had to go to Summer School, you might get to know people you only saw in passing during the normal school year).  …and I enjoy watching people come here for the third time and see it dawn on them,  “you mean you can make up Rules, as long as they are clever enough?”  or  ” so, if I see someone say something to someone else in a Post, it’s not rude to, like, totally interrupt?!?”  even,   “GuardVirgins?  what the hell kind of bloghop have I stumbled in to?!!?”  not to worry…  if anything too weird seems to happen, you can always ask zoe



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clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. zoebyrd says:


  2. zoebyrd says:

    no time…. running late…. totally lame but I rEALLY DID forget I sent you that… I didnt even go home first just stopped at post office on the way… so outta site outta mind… glad you like it! will return…

  3. dyannedillon says:

    I sort of think I got a compliment from you :)
    Missouri. MISSOURI. I can throw a rock and hit Kansas. I can skip a rock and hit Oklahoma.
    Cool business card holder! I don’t have a business card kind of job (and haven’t in 17 years).
    Let me plan your next vacation, Clark. I’ll find lots of interesting things for you to tour.

    • zoebyrd says:

      Dyanne, did you see Michael with John Travolta? That massive peanut on your last post reminded me of that… I wanna go on that kind of vacation! Would you plan mine? The more stupid stuff the better.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      …I sort of think of most of those states as being to the left of the Mississippi at least until Colorado… I totally applaud your choice of the Gulf for vactioneering
      …of course it was a compliment (clarks have mastered the art of taking subtlety and being able to transform it into burlap and brown paper wrapping!)

  4. Lise says:

    Getting kind of random in your old age aren’t you? However, I always enjoy your musings.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      random is simply confusion of categorization… definitely fun and satisfying, especially with the readership that is out there now… ain’t no slacking off for me!

  5. zoebyrd says:

    So I just finished with my last client and am getting ready to leave the office…. I looked at my appointment/business card and was all ” OH YEAH!” … and made sure to come here before leaving….SO I really did forget I sent that which sounds like some lamo thing to say but its true…. I wouldn’t mind living with Dyanne either if she was gonna bring me on that tour of stupid junk like the world’s largest peanut! One last unecessary note… I never saw the Wizard before I was 22 and then it was just too late to enjoy it…although I do have a favorite line…
    lion to tin man: ” How long do you stay fresh in that tin can?” and when the Witch mocks Dorothy for whining in the crystal ball… classic…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      when you have 4.5 hours for a movie, you gots to try ‘Tin Man’ good even if you don’t have the original burned into your sub-cortex

  6. Denise says:

    Your gift is very lovely Zoe. Hope you don’t mind that I use that adjective. Not overly popular anymore but I like it. Most folks say “cool”. Today, I’m not most folks. LOL
    I can second the suggestion to watch Tin Man. Since you are not partial for having NOT grown up with the original WO, it will be interesting to get your take on it. At first, I wasn’t sure. Then, I realized I really like it!. (Man, some days I just love to babble.)
    OK. Gonna go and write. No, think I’ll read. Lots of posts up there to choose from…who will be first?!

    • zoebyrd says:

      I use the word ‘lovely’ all the time cuz it is just that! Hard to believe I forgot about it… been letting go of stuff easier I guess …not a bad thing… and no… as a clark you are NOT most folks. Thank goodness!

  7. susanzutautas says:

    Had a hard time linking up this week but I guess that’s what I get for posting on Sunday rather than on Saturday. I’ll be sure to watch Tin Man as The Wizzard of Oz was a childhood favorite. I’d love to see the play The Wizzard of Oz too. We have tornados here in Ontario too but not quite as bad as what they have or as many in the states.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …this (new) ‘version’ is really good with keeping elements of the original that we all remember (and therefore are looking for/expecting) but they do it without letting that keep them from being their own story. (As a movie) I actually now prefer ‘Tin Man’.

  8. valj2750 says:

    I might be invisible this week. Can’t seem to get it together. I like your list. I’m working on a pictorial post but not sure I’ll make it in time.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      fortunately, invisibility is a quality that I have familiarity with, and do not take it as an ignorationing… looking forward to your picture post

      (quick Doctrine question: at family gatherings, are you usually the person taking the photos* or the one in all the photos?)

      * I did not (necessarily) the one who brings the camera, just the one who spends the most time behind it!

      • valj2750 says:

        I do like to be behind the camera unless of course, I happen to look really good in a photo.

  9. christine says:

    Laughing at my 3/10 chance of getting hit by a tornado, are you? I would laugh, too. The weathermen are oftentimes way, way too dramatic. You’ll be happy to hear there were no tornadoes anywhere near me. Thunder and lightening, but no damage as far as I know. Tornadoes are scary. I’ve never seen a full-blown tornado, but enough have hit way too close to us. I’ve seen the damage, and Bryan and our oldest have helped clean up from them. They are nasty, scary natural disasters.
    I’m glad you like to live vicariously through us vacationers, but don’t you want to take one of your own? Or has your job as a fisherman given you enough excitement for a lifetime?
    Phyllis did a great job in her post this week.