The US Oyster Festival

Morning all,

This young man was the prize of my weekend, other than some of the women flirting with me. He is in school and is a writer also among other good attributes. He is very impressive.
This young birthday girl was given my book as a present. She was so sweet.

Here are some more photos of my part of the 2021 ‘US Oyster Festival’s’ two day event, on the St. Mary’s county fairgrounds. It was very active, a lot of foot traffic and I had a good spot towards the back. I did pretty well for the small time writer that I am and feel respectful and privileged, when someone wants to read my words – it is very exciting. People do not flock to poetry, but I truly appreciate your love and support. If you feel moved, please support me further by giving me a glowing review on Amazon and/or my Facebook writing page. Please feel free to review my books here too.

My friend, Ellen, from Thomas Stone High School stopped by to say hi. It was good to see her.
My real good friend Norma. I love her, but she doesn’t know it. Well she might know it now.

My friend ( Wallace Spooner ) Wally stopped by to say hi and he some of these photos. Thanks buddy.

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Look at the nice smile on her beautiful face. I can’t remember who, but one of us told the other a joke when the photo was taken.

How ya like my hat? Red hat

Is this story fact or fiction?

I thought this was a brown hat, but it’s not – it’s a red hat. Do you know how I figured that out? Well, a guy at the thrift store told me he collects hats that say what color they are. Then he said, “I have blue, green, brown and a few other colors, but I need red.” So I bought it for a dollar and tried to sale it to him for a profit. I took it off and offered it to him for five dollars. He looked at me in disgust and started too walked away. I quickly decided to give it to him if he took some photos of me wearing it, so I could use one of the photos for this story. He took it from my hand while saying, “I want to look at it first.” He then turned around and started to walk away.

I yelled, “Where are you going?” He didn’t respond, but hastened his pace toward the door, but before he was out of the store, I held my receipt up and yelled, “That guy is stealing my hat.”

The cashier stopped the man and asked, “Is that your hat?”

He said, “I’m holding it aren’t I!”

“That doesn’t make it yours. This guy has a receipt.” She took a photo of the guy holding the hat and said, “I am calling the police”

“You don’t have to do that.” then a second later said, “What can I do to make it right?”

“You can start by giving it back to the rightful owner, but he can still press charges.”

He handed it back and I asked, “Do you still want it?”

He looked at me in bewilderment and replied, “Guess so.”

I put it on and had the teller take a few photos then told the man, “It’s yours for twenty dollars.”

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My Eating Addiction

About 250 words.

Hi guys,

Those of you that know me or have read some of my words, might realize that I am drink, drug and tobacco free. Typically, when we remove one addiction another one will step in its place. My present addiction is food. Some of you might know that I have lost a lot of weight (on purpose) since my congestive heart failure on February 10, 2021.

Me a day before, Feb. 9, 2021, my Congestive Heart Failure at weight 327

I have planned days to eat higher carbohydrates (carbs) during my weight loss program. Sometimes it is difficult to get back on track, but that is a topic for another day. Today is the fourth day of returning to the plan. During the first three days is always an eating frenzy to taste the things I have been jonesing for. This action is similar to the same as with any other addiction. My energy level takes a big hit during this time – all I want to do is eat tasty high carbs and lay down. Not only does my energy take a hit, but so does my self-esteem.

Me at Colonial Beach Arts and Craft Show Sept. 4, 2021 weighing in at 242

My desire to write, walk or socialize is diminished to almost nil till the fourth day. However the fourth day is two days too many. I hope to eventually learn to eat better and not be on some kind of diet. Habits and addictions are hard to change, but I feel it will eventually take place, but I should remained to be vigil and take it one day at a time.

St. Mary’s County Crab Festival – sold 16 books

Hello everyone,

The Houseboat Poet here.

I had the pleasure of meeting some interesting people this past Saturday at the St. Mary’s County Crab Festival in St. Mary’s County, MD. First a school chum, Sandy Stamp-Brock (photo 1), from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD stopped by. She told her husband that I was really shy back then and how far away from her I stood when we were slow dancing at a 9th grade shindig.

Next was a buddy I hadn’t seen in a few years, Liz Ballou (photo 2), never told her about the crush I had on her ever since I met her. Guess she knows now.

I also met Deb Rey (photo 3) who is running for the Maryland House of Delegates, she was pleasant to talk too. She bought both of my books.

Then several other really nice people stopped in and listened to my 90 second spiel about my books. I even talked a Dallas Cowboy fan into buying one and he knew I was a Skin fan. He was fun.

This is Cindy and she has become a good friend

Three people bought both of them that means thirteen people wanted to read what I have to say. Yes, that means I sold sixteen books, which is a good day for me.

Michelle was nice.
It’s nice when someone looks at you when you speak and both of these ladies looked at me intently.
I’ve been in jail before for drinking and drugging, that is no secret and I don’t want it to be. The man on my left use to drive the paddy wagon for the Charles County Detention Center. He bought my first book. That was fantastic. I was beaming with joy during and after that conversation.
This was a nice family

It was a long day though, set-up was at 10am and the event ran from 11am to 7pm. I was exhausted by 4pm or so, but hung in there and sold more books.

I will be at the Colonial Beach Boardwalk Arts and Craft Show this Saturday (September 4th) and Sunday (September 5th) selling and signing my books. You can find me on the south side of the boardwalk near the Town Pier.

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How ya like my hat? – Roaring Twenties hat

Good morning everyone. I have been searching for a hat like this for close to a year. Not only for my ‘How ya like my hat?’ stories, but because I like it. Finally found it for $7 in a Camp Spring thrift store, but it is just a little tight.

As apposed to buying a $16 hat stretcher for a one time use, I want to borrow one for a month. Can you help me?