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Doug Blough

The year was 1978, and it was a warm autumn Saturday. The day began with great promise but slid rapidly downhill into the longest, drunkest day I’ve ever spent in the smallest, wettest town I’ve ever spent a day in.

January 16, 2014 10:17 am

Warning: Watch your mouth!

I’ve been dabbling in poetry again; try this one on for size:

“I once dated a hot gal named Cloris, with a homely Siamese twin named Deloris; they accused me for two-timing, and forgive my bad rhyming, but I forgot where I put my thesaurus.”

December 31, 2013 8:27 am

To err is human, to laugh divine

Before tackling today’s topic — spontaneous as opposed to rehearsed humor — I will pass along a Walmart encounter weeks ago that uplifted my pre-Christmas spirit.

December 10, 2013 8:28 am

Thoughts tumbling from my head

As you know, my head occasionally gets cluttered with unexpressed thoughts, preventing anything new from entering.

November 19, 2013 8:30 am

Weird news and wild headlines

The great philosopher Rodney Dangerfield once said, “The only people I appeal to are ones that can do me absolutely no good.”

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Lifelong Pirates fan suffers coronary watching “sudden-death” playoff game.

Aug. 5 was a great day. On that day 61 years ago, my wonderful big sister Wanda was born.

Oct. 28 is a terrible day. On that day eight years ago, Wanda died. Nothing has been quite as much fun since.

My name is Doug and I am a Buccoholic.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pirate Land, I suppose I was genetically predisposed, with Cody/Powell brothers and nephews Buc-addicted. Admitting the problem is the first step in getting help, but I don’t want help, especially not this year.

I’ll say it again: A typical Sunday newspaper is a cornucopia of column nuggets — a guided tour through every aspect of human nature at its best, its worst and its wackiest.

Being a wordsmith, since being a blacksmith didn’t pay enough, I love analogies and common expressions — also called idioms, or “tropes.”

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