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2013 Bolin Holiday Letter

Hello family and friends, and if you’re reading this letter in its back corner of the Internet, you certainly qualify. I hope this letter finds you in good spirits and good health. It’s the end of 2013, and what a year it’s been. I turned 44 this year and scheduled that medical exam. You know […]

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This Week’s Menu

I’m on something of an “exotic foods” kick these days, so I thought I would share this week’s menu with you on the off chance you wanted to join me on my culinary adventure. Friday Breakfast: Alligator egg omelet, shamed wheat muffin, and Bishop Desmond Juice Juice. Lunch: Stumped otter ribs in a crimson and […]

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The Three Secrets to Lazy, Sensational Journalism

This may come as a shock to younger generations, but there once was a time when we didn’t have 24-hour news channels. Things would happen, and then people called reporters would find out more about the things. Later, these reporters became “Journalists” around the same time that weathermen became “Meteorologists.” Anyway, these journalists would assemble […]

Three Cheers for Technology

I’ll be frank. I’m writing this now because the television is out. Perhaps you, like me, remember a time when the only way your television would go out was if the actual station was hit by a meteor. Or if it was the end of the broadcast day, and, after the Star Spangled Banner, you […]

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Like a Good Neighbor

As you know, occasionally, I like to deconstruct television commercials. I admire how they can be both seductive and abusive. They have the power to flatter us while they berate us. They dare to illustrate what we lack, and, brother, you’re a mess. State Farm Insurance has recently added another commercial featuring their willing, genie-like […]


So, recently, I was diagnosed with gout. When the doctor said the word “gout,” immediately, I thought:  “Gout? What am I, a Charles Dickens character?” It started when I was walking through Bayshore Towne Centre on my way to meet the wife for a lovely (albeit prohibitively large-portioned dinner) at The Cheesecake Factory. I felt […]

Me and Stan Freberg

“The story of Little Blue Riding Hood is true. Only the color has been changed to prevent an investigation.” -Stan Freberg (1953) They say that you should never meet your heroes. That’s probably because they would never live up to your expectations. Thankfully, that doesn’t pertain to portraying your heroes…at least in my case. I […]

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Milwaukee Beer Week

Did you know it’s Milwaukee Beer Week? If you’re anything like me, you figured every week in Milwaukee was Beer Week, but, as it turns out, there’s a Beer Week that’s more special than the rest, and it’s happening right now. A week-long celebration that, according to the website, is designed to “enhance beer knowledge […]

I’ve Always Wanted To Be An Actor

I’ve been in a few plays, but I wouldn’t call myself an actor. I’ve been in a few plays with actual actors, but I wouldn’t call myself a fellow actor. Actors are kind of like the Freemasons, and, likewise, you would never call yourself a Freemason until an actual Freemason does first. I admire actors; […]

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New Shirt

I never noticed this before, but whenever I buy a new shirt, like I did today from Goodwill, I go through this strange ritual. First, I gently remove the tags like vestigial umbilical cords, then I wash the shirt with my detergent and fabric softener so it has my scent, and finally, I put it […]

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