Author Archives: The Twentieth Man

About The Twentieth Man

Age 67

state-of-the-art Slavery

Slavery has not gone away. Much depends on how you interpret “involuntary servitude”. Amendment XIII Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, … Continue reading

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The Bubbler Question

I did some considerable research about the bubbler question. It’s called a bubbler because that’s what it’s called. A bubbler is that part of a public drinking fountain that elevates the water so as to prevent one’s lips from coming … Continue reading

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Bernie Brewer II

My brother worked 15 years as an usher at Miller Park stadium, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club. He claims there are two Bernie Brewers. He said one day he was sitting at his desk and Bernie Brewer was … Continue reading

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The Manager’s Wife

Some things, even minor things, still stick in the memory like a dagger. Once upon a time I found myself working a part-time minimum wage job as a groundskeeper and general handyman at a government subsidized low-income housing complex. It … Continue reading

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Life in The Fast Lane

The Griddler’s Café pipes in music from a local radio station. An old standard from the 1970’s: “Life in The Fast Lane” by the Eagles was playing. As I sat sipping coffee a very skinny old woman scooched slowly by … Continue reading

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Imagery and Implication

As a student of damned near everything including psychology, child development, mass communications and so forth, a single phrase in a newspaper article jumped right out at me. The article is about a coming solar eclipse and includes the following … Continue reading

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A Foot In The Door

Putting “a foot in the door” harks back to the days of cold call door-to-door salesmen. Salesmen would knock on residential doors or, if you were wealthy enough to have one, ring the door bell. The housewife would open the … Continue reading

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