Category Archives: The Ash Creek Bourbon & Conversation Corner

So, I had this dream…

Dreams, dreams… they are the wonder of my mind.  A collection of events, places, people and time frame that are roughly sewn into a patch-work quilt of impression.  Lacking a clear beginning or end.  Fact spiced with fiction, or fantasy … Continue reading

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The Incident at the Pool

I stared down at my jambalaya, took a glance at the Ranger-Bruin hockey game at the screen in the far corner of Ash Creek Saloon and savored a sip of my Wild Turkey Rye on ice.  Folks to the left … Continue reading

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Present Company and Absent Friends

“Ladies and gentlemen!  Light your cigars!” An unusual way to begin a “toast”… but we should expect nothing less.  After all, it’s Clayton Burrows who we are about to honor. Too bad he is not with us.  Too bad he … Continue reading

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Clayton

Several years ago I began a piece… it was really to be an extended sketch of both Clayton and James.  I felt there was an amazing story there… of the connection of the two people. I was able to put … Continue reading

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The Jonas

On a recent trip to the Nation’s Capital, this reporter took in a visit to the Smithsonian to see the new exhibit that is on display in the “Americana” Wing (close to the exhibit with Archie Bunker’s chair): The Jonas.   … Continue reading

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Caesar Takes A Chance

[The Ides of March. The Roman Forum, 44 B.C.] CAESAR:  Good morning boys! What a day for the game… I can’t wait to get started!  I’ll be the Dreadnaught! CASCA: OK.  I’ll be the Howitzer. LONGINUS:  Oh well… I guess it’s the Top … Continue reading

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Fantasy Drafts Out of Control

FRIENDS… This fantasy draft stuff is really getting silly… but, it’s finally entering into a zone where I can fully, and enthusiastically participate. I can’t believe there are people who are unfamiliar with Fantasy Leagues… but rather than risk embarassment … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know… THIRD BASE!

Let’s get this straight: I’m pissed! These fantasy sports leagues have killed the concept of being a fan in this country. And being a fan of sports is as American as the 4th of July, apple pie, a white picket … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Philo Kvetch: What is the Proper Tip?

Yes, it caught my by surprise. I just thought I was pulling in for a fill-up.  I wanted to check out the Mobil station that opened in the south end of Woodbury.  Nothing could have prepared me for the reception … Continue reading

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The Perfect Ride

“It’s a quarter to three, there’s no one in the place except you and me…”  Well, first off, it wasn’t a quarter to three.  It was more like 12:15AM.  12:15AM on a Tuesday evening at the Ash Creek Saloon.  But the … Continue reading

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Let’s Change the Subject

READERS WARNING:  The content of what follows may be considered, by some, as controversial, nay, repulsive.  Do not feel compelled to read it.  As the great Oliver Wendell Holmes said, and I quote, “Regardless of the age, there is a little … Continue reading

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A Small Complaint From Philo Kvetch

Well, here it is… the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year… and I’m pissed!  School is barely out, the summer is just kicking off, the All Star game hasn’t even been played yet and the days are going … Continue reading

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The Menace, Part 2

The border between the United States and Canada is commonly referred to as the world’s longest undefended border.  The border between the United states and Mexico is a third as long and is not only regularly patrolled; but there are … Continue reading

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Too Good to be True!

Oh, I just had to share this with you!  Just off the wire.  Unreal! Borscht Cows Return (PEREYASLAV, UKRAINE) Twenty miles southeast of this historic City on the Dneiper River is the dairy farm of Volter Tsap.  His Grandfather Dimitri … Continue reading

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From the Complaint Desk of Philo Kvetch

Thanks for nothing Milton Bradley (or whoever you are)!!!  OK, here’s a quiz question — What doesn’t belong: St. Charles, Pacific, Baltic and Wacker Drive. Or here’s another — what doesn’t belong: Ventnor, Oriental, Rodeo Drive and Illinois. If you … Continue reading

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Crime & Punishment

Earliest man had methods to punish behaviors that were outside the group norm.  Over thousands of year these methods have been refined and perfected. Match the punishment with the appropriate person & submit your answers to the Summer of Jim … Continue reading

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Oh, to be a little kid…

As I sipped my Rye, the matter of discussion was: “What was the best age to be?” A variety of ages were floated to the surface, and I guess I could have argued “yea or nay” on any age proposed. … Continue reading

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You Know What They Always Say

I’ve worked both sides of a bar… many a long hour into the night on the working side; but of more recent on the patron side. Spend any amount of time in a bar, on either side, and you hear … Continue reading

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Fantasy Teams

Look… I love sports. Competed on the playing pitch. Watch it on TV. Read the papers. Have my favorite teams & favorite players on my favorite teams. But these fantasy leagues are ruining professional sports. It’s out of control. It’s … Continue reading

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Out of Sorts

I know what you’re thinking. I’m still bugged by the “Pluto thing.” And I am. Just the other day I was at the mall, and there were these teenagers handing out brochures in support of the discriminated against planet… “Jews … Continue reading

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What the Hell!

You know… you get up in the morning, shit, shower & shave expecting the Universe to be pretty much the way you left it when you went to sleep. Sound reasonable? I think so. Wrong! I went to bed one … Continue reading

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An Astonomical Gripe, From the Bile of Philo Kvetch

So the great Galileo Galilei discovers 4 moons around Jupiter… and names them Io, Europa, Callisto & Ganymeade… they were named after his cats. I don’t like cats, but that’s not my gripe here. I want to know why Jupiter … Continue reading

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Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?

I have been reading M.F.K. Fisher again. She is a marvelous writer, great essayist. Whether she is reflecting on her life spent in a variety of locations, or whether she is writing about food and its special qualities… she writes … Continue reading

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Weeding

The topic for discussion this evening is taken from a special I recently saw on the Gardening Channel.  And before we get to the topic itself, I want to go on record for saying that I think gardening is best done … Continue reading

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The Bull Session

If they were an important part of my life before Union College, I can’t remember.  But it seems to me that nearly as important as academics at college (attending classes, studying & the like) were the countless informal discussions we … Continue reading

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Don’t the Police Have Something Better to Do?

Instead of trapping decent and honest citizens who might be driving a smidge too fast, the public would be better served if the police … Dunkin Donuts will periodically introduce new flavours to their offering. How do we know they’re … Continue reading

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Car Bomb Relay

No… this isn’t about the tragedies that take place on a nearly daily basis in the Middle East. Please shift your frame of reference. When I was growing up a “shot” was what you got in your arm. I didn’t … Continue reading

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