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Observations: We’ve come to this

Observations: We’ve come to this

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In a different lifetime, I worked as a programmer for a large retail company. One particular project, with about 10 people on the team, was a big…

Observations: A simple life

Observations: A simple life

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I love the TSA Pre-Check program. I don’t have to take anything out of my bag, or remove my shoes or other odd bits of clothing. It…

Observations: We outnumber them

Observations: We outnumber them

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Since the last time this newspaper landed on your driveway, or in offices and stores across South Hillsborough, the world has changed. Hundreds of thousands of words…

Observations: What dreams may come

Observations: What dreams may come

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Something horrible was about to happen. I could feel it. Some energy force was about to overwhelm the planet; or perhaps an enormous asteroid was about to…

Observations: Something extra

Observations: Something extra

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The guitar looked like absolute hell. There were cracks in the finish; whole parts of the varnish were missing, revealing the raw, rough wood underneath. Based on…

Observations: Let me know if I can help

Observations: Let me know if I can help

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Whether driving down freeways or walking down jetways, we can get around this spinning blue ball we call home like only a few generations previous could not…

Observations: Judging not

Observations: Judging not

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN We appear to have become a judgmental lot. Well, sure, the whole Victorian era had a lot of strict rules and such but at least they were,…

Observations: Ringing church bells

Observations: Ringing church bells

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Ginny’s father proposed to her mother while rowing a boat across a lake. A farm was on that lake, a farm that would be a wedding present…

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN So, yeah. It’s been a little rainy lately. And weirdly so — summer rains in Florida are typically over in 15 or 20 minutes after an apocalyptic…

Observations: Take the long way home

Observations: Take the long way home

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In Minneapolis, I canceled my return flight to Tampa and kept my rental car. I’ve made a number of trips up North since my friend died in…