Weird Wednesday: Spectator Sports

From early on in history there have been spectator sports. Although are not all sports meant to be viewed by spectators? Why else would you go and chase a ball around on a field?

Watching sports is a personal choice. Some may see it as a waste of time (five hours times four days = I didn’t get anything done because of The Open golf championship), While others see it as a way to connect with co-workers (“That player was pretty good in that game, huh?).

I like some sports, but others—not so much. When the sport world ground to a halt because of that thing that should not be spoken, I watched a few of the re-runs, but eventually I got of the couch and went out for a run.

Since the Olympics will be starting soon (good idea or bad?), here are a few thoughts in no particular order or preference (I’ll make fun of my sports too):

  • Cycle racing (The Tour de France just wrapped up on the weekend): I’ll stand here for ½ and hour to see my favorite rider—Wait, they are all bunched up and look the same.
  • Nascar: Around and around and around…YAY! A crash! (that’s what you are waiting for, right?)
  • Soccer/Football: What an exciting game! What was the score? One Nil.
  • Marathons: Do I want to see them having fun (Mile 3) or not (Mile 25)
  • Hockey: There is an old joke, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.”
  • American football vs. Rugby: Too much protection vs. Not enough?
  • Equestrian: I’ve always thought that the horse should get the medal.
  • Bowling: Amateur – Strike, spare, spare, strike, spare. Professional – Strike, strike, strike, strike, strike…
  • Basketball: Maybe they should have 4-pointers.

Finally, in the “Wait! What?” category:

  • The National Cornhole Association: Yeah. There is a sport called Cornhole.

Onto this week’s cartoons:

“The Miniscules”

“The Untitled”

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That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: July 14 – Food for Thought

I like food. A lot. I exercise regularly and have a high metabolism. There is not much that I don’t like or won’t try. However:

I like cooked broccoli, but I’m not a fan of it in raw form—even smothered in dip or hummus. Yet, I’ll chow down on raw cauliflower while begrudgingly eat it cooked—even drizzled with cheese sauce.

I’ll eat a pear, but I prefer not to.

A few idiosyncrasies:

I can eat an entire head of romaine lettuce in a Caesar salad, and if by chance I don’t finish it, I do enjoy it the next day, soggy croutons and all.

Odd sandwich choice: Peanut butter and cheese.

Dessert? Often a bowl of cereal.

And one final thought: Ripple Chips are a flavor.

Cartoons

The Untitled

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That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: July 7 New Followers

If I read my schedule correctly, my author showcase with Itsy Bitsy Book Bits Promotions is entering its 5th day and my website will be highlighted. Along with all the readers there – and my new followers here, I’d like to welcome you the my Wednesday blog I like to call, Weird Wedne—

Oh, you probably read the title, didn’t you. Many days have themes: Music Monday, Tuesday Tirade, Thursday Thoughts, Free Book Friday (very popular), Week-end Wrap-up, and Second Chance Sunday.

On Wednesday, I’ll usually write a humorous piece or commentary, and post my two cartoons: The Miniscules and The Untitled.

Now that I have set myself up to have to write something humorous…or post something humorous

One of the weirdest things I have come up with since I started writing is a series of interviews I did with myself. I still smile when I read them, so I think it’s worth posting. I hope you will too. I’ll wait till you get back.

Leon Stevens Interviews Himself

Welcome back! On to the cartoons:

Cartoons

The Untitled

You can see them all here: https://linesbyleon.com/some-of-my-favorite-writings/

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The Miniscules

Far too many for one gallery, but you can read about them here: https://linesbyleon.com/2020/11/23/miniscule-mondays/

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: June 30

Languages are weird. I’m not a linguistics expert, I’m not even an expert in the English language.

 Every so often, I come across a word that makes me think: Why is it like that? For example: CON – tent vs. con-TENT – Same word, two different meanings. Talk about lazy.

Here are some other thoughts:

  • Why do we have double consonants? Double vowels I get—kinda
  • About vowels, Yes, there are long and short, so why didn’t we just put the dash or curve above to denote the quality?
  • Silent letters. What are they hiding? A nif?
  • Homophones like hair/hare, deer/dear, heir/air, bear/bare…Vocabulary increases over time. I’m sure our English-speaking ancestors had more than enough words to go around.
  • Why not spell phonically? Iz that so tuf?
  • How did “io” come to represent “sh”?

Cartoons

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The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

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Weird Wednesday: June 23 – The Mask

Things are returning to “normal” in some parts of the world as some countries drop health restrictions as they re-open. It is interesting to see crowds of people attending events like concerts, sports, or just eating out.

What I find odd is that seeing a masked person in a crowd now is equivalent to seeing a maskless person before. You still get the impression that the people around are thinking “What’s wrong with you?” for different reasons.

I think in many countries, the vaccination rate is ~70% first dose / 40% second dose. I still think that with those numbers, having 20000 people in close quarters is a bit premature.

To enjoy the summer we missed last year, we should still respect physical distancing with strangers while we slowly expand our social bubble as friends/family get vaccinated.

This is no over yet. It’s getting there, though.

Cartoons

Yesterday, I wrote about a few of the comics that I enjoy. Here I enjoy sharing my sense (or lack of) humor.

The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

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Weird Wednesday: June 16 – Change in the Pocket

Do you think it’s cool when your purchase total comes to…let’s say $14.00, or $34.00, or if you just bought two packs of gum and a soda and it’s $3.00?

On the flip side, are you incensed when you are filling up the tank and you squeeze just too long that last time and you see the total: $40.01?

Does it really matter anymore with more people abandoning physical money? Even before the pandemic, the use of physical cash was on the decline. I used to put all my change in a jar, and at the end of the year, I would roll it up and take it to the bank. It was my way of forced saving, and it did add up.

Then those change counting machines sprung up, and all you had to do was dump it all in like a reverse slot machine. Some of those counters were removed because of claims of undercounting. Now, I rarely have change. When was the last time I needed change? Parking? Most meters accept electronic payments. Car wash? Same deal. The subway or transit? A payphone—

Wait! What? When was the last time you used a payphone? I know that for some, payphones are still needed, but they are becoming a rarity.

Poem and sketch by Leon Stevens

And finally,  that late-night purchase of that gadget for $49.99 has to be a good deal, right? Who would pay $50 for that! The same goes for that house listed at $149 999 (although, if it was a gas pump, you might be inclined to give one…more…little…squeeze…$150 000.01 (darn it!)

“The Day Before” returns.

The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: June 9 – Cartoons and Aliens

Do you believe in UFOs? Well you should because they are real.
“C’mon…really?” you ask.
Well, there are things that people see in the sky that are not able to be identified, so, yes.
“I thought you meant, like… aliens.”
Did I say aliens?
No,” you say poutingly.
What about UAPs?
“You’re not getting me with that one.”

What are UAPs? Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.
“That’s just the same thing with a different name.”
You’re right. That’s government for ya.

OK. I admit that I watch “Ancient Aliens”. Pyramids, Megaliths, Monoliths, Nazca lines, and all that stuff. When, as a kid, I first saw the face on mars, I thought” Holy s%*#” – well, I probably didn’t swear, maybe I said “Holy guacamole”. Now I know it’s just a big hill, but it was fascinating at the time.

It is pretty amazing how some 5000 year old structures are so perfectly crafted, with tight seams, 90 degree angles, and smooth sides, but is that evidence or just dedication to detail?

Recently, the US government released a statement saying that the Armed Forces have been witness to many UAPs and have declassified several videos shot from fighter jets and aircraft carriers.

Is that proof? Not unless you think poor resolution, grainy, grey-scale video is proof. Why can we never get a good picture? Doesn’t the government have access to high-tech? I thought we were done with fuzzy pictures with so many hi-def cameras and smartphones around.

Is there other life out there? I don’t know. Maybe. Probably. If there is, they’re just naturally blurry.


I hope you enjoyed “The Day Before”. Guess what’s next?

The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

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Weird Wednesday: June 2 – The Survey returns and Cartoons

Every few months (or every 50 newsletter subscribers), I open up the Lines by Leon Survey, my way of learning about where my readers have arrived from and their reading habits, so that I can gauge the effectiveness of my web presence. If there were reviews of the survey, I suspect they would go something like this:

“The Lines by Leon Survey – it was over faster than one of his short stories!”
– Professor Scrapbooker, The People’s Collage
“I clicked on the link and it took me directly there. Wow! The future is here.”

– Undisclosed Hollywood B-lister
“I didn’t have time…”

– Rolly Casio-Seiko
“I made up a whole bunch of stuff to skew the results. Mwah ha ha!”

– A. Troublemaker 
“Brilliant. It was so much fun I did it twice.” [You can’t do that] “Oh. Just once then.”
– Over-zealous subscriber
“I laughed. I cried. Mostly cried (because I had just watched a sad movie).” 

– Giveme A. Minutte

Intrigued? Take the Survey! Lines by Leon Survey

(Have you taken it before? There are a few new questions, if you wish to answer only those.) 

Back yet? Great! On to the Cartoons:

The Miniscules

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

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Weird Wednesday: May 26th – Cartoons

If you are new to Weird Wednesdays, it is my day to share some of my odd writings, or more often, my cartoons: The Miniscules (posted on Instagram @lines_by_leon) and “The Untitled” (on Wednesday).

I had started a series of Hide-and-Seek cartoons, so this will be my next series called: The Day Before

I forgot about The Miniscules on Monday again. Two weeks in a row.

Question:

When I wash my cutlery, I put it in the drawer. Why are there always crumbs in there?

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: May 19th – Cartoons and Rhetorical Questions

If you are new to Weird Wednesdays, it is my day to share some of my odd writings, or more often, my cartoons: “The Miniscules”(posted on Instagram @lines_by_leon) and “The Untitled” (on Wednesday).

I had started a series of “Hide-and-Seek” cartoons, so this will be my next series called: The Day Before”

I forgot about The Miniscules on Monday. Only one Instagramer noticed…

The 5 Ws (and one H)

With the advent of the internet, we now had the knowledge of the world at our disposal. Unfortunately, much of that knowledge was fit for the disposal.

Anyone could edit Wikipedia, no one really knew who Jeeves really was—and what his credentials were, Yahoo answers became a way to get your funny tweet onto a late-night talk show before the plug was pulled, and now you can just ask Google, Sire or Alexa a question. Before that, most answers (well, some answers) could be summed up in one or two paragraphs in any of the 37 volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia. You could always ask your dad, but he would probably make something up that would later make you look foolish – Thanks, Dad.

Questions move the world forward. Advances in science are driven by curiosity. Imagine a world where nobody asks who, or why, or where, or…well, you get the idea.

Here are some burning questions:

  • When news programs do stories on cryptocurrency, why do they always show a pile of physical coins?
  • Why are oranges the only fruit we call by their color? (I’m not counting blueberries…) “Pass me a couple of yellows, please.”
  • Is there a word that actually rhymes with orange? (And not just kinda close enough)
  • Why do we call it a ‘double-U’? It’s clearly a ‘double-V’.
  • Why do we talk to our pets in grammatically correct sentences?

Honorable Mention: From the mind of comedian, Rich Hall

“Why do dogs stick their head out of the window when they are riding in a car, but they get mad at you when you blow in their face?”

That’s all the weirdness for today.

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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