Tag Archives: Fred Prout

One Flew Over The Handlebars

It’s been a wild day in Ratcheds By The Sea. Shirley Shewill, incoming manager of The Ratcheds Senior Center, is conducting an audit of the books and an inventory of supplies. Apparently, some of the members were heisting bananas, coffee … Continue reading

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In Memorium

Everyone here in Ratcheds, and elsewhere, is in mourning today. We learned of the passing of our beloved founder,

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NIGHT WINDS

In the wink of an eye, my soul is turning They start in the seconds between wakefulness and sleep.

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Dog Rules

By Fred Prout  Dogs have their own set of rules. They supersede any that we try to impose on them. Simple: eat, drink, walk, sleep, give love, give more love, empty tanks and, to my dismay, periodically, eat grass and … Continue reading

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The Devil In the Router

By Fred Prout I write this as a reformed Luddite. Cancel progress. Too much is too much! Bring back the golden days of radio when we could use our imagination. Orson Wells could play The Thin Man, Lake Woebegone Days … Continue reading

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Rows and Flows of Angel Hair

By Fred Prout Stuff! We’ll call it that. But you’ll understand there is a more descriptive word. It’s the nasty stuff that gets in our head, from time to time, and turns a bright, sunny day cloudy. It makes us … Continue reading

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Fourth of July, Ratcheds By The Sea

What a great Fourth of July weekend at Ratcheds By The Sea. The weather was perfect. Thirty degrees cooler than inland, and a gentle breeze wafted in from the ocean. The festivities were nonstop starting Friday morning. By the time … Continue reading

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The Magic Lamp

I just read a scientific survey. It was published by Fox News. So you know it’s accurate and unbiased. The scientists concluded that 99.6% of the English-speaking population of The United States of America do not understand the concept of … Continue reading

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Vertigo or Squirrel Droppings or A Tale of Two Nurses

By Fred Prout My body is revolting. WAIT, WHAT?  Alexa, erase that and start over. A follow up to the vividly remembered two weeks without beer. I hope I didn’t give the impression I drink too much. Two possibly three … Continue reading

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Rabinowitz’s Pork Roll

By Fred Prout I like beer. Actually, I love beer. I especially love the taste of beer. Bock, Porter, Stout. The thick, dark, stand up a spoon in it, beer. Or, a really hoppy ale. Taste is everything. I know … Continue reading

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A Slippery Slope?

By Fred Prout Well, it finally happened this morning. Despite fighting tooth and nail to prevent it for many years, and with every fiber of my being, it happened. Now bear in mind that every terrible event in our lives … Continue reading

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Brain Fa*ts

First of all, my apologies. I know this is not my best work. Last month I had another mini stroke.

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Ratcheds Redux

by Fred Prout Now that the weather is getting a bit toasty inland, tourists are visiting en masse. Rental houses and motels are chock full of visitors. Local merchants are opening extra hours to accommodate them. Great to see. Now … Continue reading

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Ratcheds By The Sea

by Fred Prout The first town meeting of the new year was a doozy. As soon as Mayor, and town doc, Ben Dover opened the meeting, police chief, Patrick Muldoon and officer Gunther Toody reported on a disturbance at The … Continue reading

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What Goes Around

By Fred Prout Some memories stay with you forever. Some fade away, half forgotten, until something pokes them with a stick to waken them. Like a dormant hornet’s nest. Ready to start buzzing and attacking your brain. Insisting on getting … Continue reading

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Guest Writer In The Sty

Or, Perfect Pen Pals. Or, The Promised Pigs. Interpreted by Fred Prout  I am Paulina Porkiskova. I am a pig. Sometimes people use that word in a negative way. I am a proud pig. Since I can’t use a pencil, … Continue reading

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February 9, 2021 Anniversary Post

Just over a year ago, a good friend asked if I would write a story for the TV Log. I declined because, as I told her, I am not a writer. I don’t have the discipline or background to be … Continue reading

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Road Maps and Side View Mirrors

Remember road maps? Those giant pieces of paper that re-folded so neatly? They showed the roads ahead leading from hither to yon.You could stop in any gas station and pick one up for the state you were in. All while … Continue reading

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A Fantasy

Use your imagination. Midnight. Full Moon. The barnyards for miles around are slowly emptying. The word has been passed for weeks. Tonight is the much awaited performance of the annual barnyard ballet. This year, Paulina Porkiskova will be the Prima … Continue reading

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Twenty Four Carrot Christmas

One of our best RV experiences was volunteering in a membership park in Lake Havasu Arizona. We got to run parties, help with entertainment, and do a lot of really fun stuff. Our involvement with this has resulted in many … Continue reading

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