All posts by Larry Chapman

A retired educator, historian, writer, blogger, teller of tales including the occasional lie, saltwater angler, traveler, political junkie, technology geek, optimist, pessimist, wanna' be chef, and lover of independent thinkers. 2011 recipient of the Professor Irwin Corey Foremost Authority Award and resident curmudgeon of Worley Mill Rd.

Kinky is Kinky for Perry

Several years ago, before Don Imus got his tit caught in a public relations wringer and was canned from MSNBC, I was a devout fan of his morning program. It was just edgy enough to sate my irreverent sense of humor and bring forth a few laugh out loud moments most mornings.

Through Imus I was introduced to several people I’ve come to greatly admire and enjoy. That list includes Delbert McClinton, Continue reading Kinky is Kinky for Perry

Southern State Offering Three New Degrees

I received notice from Southern State Community College today that they are offering three new Associate degrees to their line up. Following is the text of their press release:

Southern State announces three new degree programs

  Looking for new opportunities to Continue reading Southern State Offering Three New Degrees

A Few Hours on Pittsburgh’s Strip

There may have been a time when every American city had a place like The Strip in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati still has Findlay Market, Columbus has North Market, Charleston, SC its City Market, and New Orleans’s French Market is still going strong.

These are areas of a city where vendors of all sizes and flavors seem to assemble to participate in Continue reading A Few Hours on Pittsburgh’s Strip

Placenta Jerky! WTF?

I’m not going to claim any historical or medical accuracy for some of the things I’m about to say but it seems to me that regarding women and childbirth, things started getting a little crazy back in the 60s.

Remember the dawn of the “natural” child-birth era when women, along with their husbands, were expected to jointly attend child-birth classes where the expectant mother learned to properly breath while the husband mastered techniques of Continue reading Placenta Jerky! WTF?

The Business of Government is Now Business

About a year ago a bill became law in the United States. A law whose purpose was to reform Wall Street, banks that were “too big to fail,” and better protect the American consumers from the abuses that rained upon their heads following the 2008 collapse of the economy.

If you recall, a major cause of the Great Recession was the failure of governments, state and federal, to regulate Wall Street and the banking industry. Continue reading The Business of Government is Now Business

Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

There’s an old adage about everyone having their 15-minutes of fame. Well, I really doubt that is true but On August 18, 2011 I did get about 3-minutes of minimal fame. I appeared in a film, Doughboy the Movie, playing the role of an aging Vietnam Veteran named Bob, who had been a Navy Corpsman serving with a Marine detachment close to the border of North Vietnam.

The film was shot entirely in Wheeling, WV and the world premier took place at the Marquee multiplex Theater in Continue reading Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

Random Thought, 8/19/11

The day before President Obama left for vacation the Dow-Jones fell 419 points. The first day of his vacation the Dow fell another 173 points. I wonder what effect it would have on the Dow if the president got a turd caught sideways? Obviously our presidents have too much power if their actions are followed this closely. 🙂

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Day two of the 2011 Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest began with some very slight rain showers but nothing like what had been predicted. By opening gate time the skies had cleared, the temperature reached the mid-eighties, and the humidity soared into the ionosphere. I decided to do explore Wheeling in the AC of my van and not got the festival until the early evening.

I arrived at the fest around 5 p.m. when Zac Harmon was just taking the stage. I found a seat in the shade, broke out my laptop and spent some time Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011

When it comes to music festivals I’m a relative newcomer. However, of those I have attended, the annual Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest ranks at the top. Not only is the entertainment superb but the hospitality and accommodation is even better.

The venue is in downtown Wheeling aside the Ohio River, easy to get in and out of, adequate and Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011

New From the North Coast Muse

Sally Turner Kennedy has a nice piece on her blog, North Coast Muse. She is a dedicated observer of nature and frequently seems to have a camera with her when the occasion dictates. Her current offering is about adding a new bird specie to her “life-list.” I too have a life-list but it all about the different specie of fish I have caught. I keep a fish guide with me and mark when and where I caught my first specimen of each specie. We do, however, keep track of what birds show up at our feeders and over the years there has been a couple of rare ones. Thanks Sally!