Hot Dog and Chips

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It's July fourth and Wimbledon is taking the day off. Fortunately for sports fans, there's the Nathan's Famous annual hot dog eating contest live from Coney Island broadcast on ESPN. Joey Chestnut, the favorite, is going for his fourteenth straight title, along with a few other also rans--or also crams. The women's event was earlier, Michelle Lesco winning with 30 hot dogs eaten in ten minutes. She boasts a career DPM (dogs per minute) of 2.66. Thankfully I've recorded the men's event so I can fast forward. Contestants, the rules state, will be disqualified for "a reversal of fortune." As a spectator, fast forward helps me not get disqualified. Still, I can't help but wonder what jollies are happening down in Mr. Stomach, Mr. Small intestine, and Mr. Colon.  This year's contest is taking place at Maimonidies Park. I feel like the great Jewish philosopher would amend one of his quotes...give a man a hot dog and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to eat competitively and you feed him for a lifetime. Plus everyone else will lose their appetite.

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

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THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS

Strong, smart and funny little boy playi

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

Bees at Work

PLIGHT OF THE HUMBLE BEE

Antique Shop

JUNK, READY TO BUY

 

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right

How To Manage Your Money

How To Stay Healthy

The Fall Of Squirrel

Cake Walk

Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too

Of Peas and Queues

Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil

A Star Falls on Alabama

News Item

The Visitor

Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue

The Point System

Elements Of Success 

She Spits to Conquer

So THAT's What Happened

The Tree Remembers

Christmas Time Is Here 

The Sodfather

What MLK Day Means To Me 

Thanks, Mussolini 

The Cure 

Tarzan In Decline 

Side Effects 

Greatest Of All Time 

 
Books

AWARDS AND HONORS

                2013     First Place Humor Division Alabama Writers Conclave (AWC) Contest

2014     Finalist PNWA Competition Short Topics Category

    2015     First Place Creative Non-Fiction Division AWC Contest

        2016     Second Place Fiction Gulf Coast Writers Let's Write Contest

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination from Hawaii Pacific Review for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

                2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

2020    First Place Essay Streetlight Magazine 

2020  Top ten finalist for The Opossum Prize

2020  Honorable Mention Stories That Need To Be Told Anthology

2020  First place  Flash Fiction category  in Seven Hills contest

 
Writing on Computer

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 
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CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

The Alchemist by Paola Coelho
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

 
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Acknowledgments: Photos of Stonehenge courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our trip to England in 2015. Photos of ball pit courtesy of Amelia C. Key from our trip to NYC in 2019. Other photos purchased from Shutterstock.

 
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