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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seat-Thief Simone

Seat-Thief Simone
By Jon Slone

She’ll say, could you get me a cup of cold juice.
Or maybe just turn on the light for me Dad.

And when you get up to get lights and libations,
You’ll come back to find you’ve been had!

That worn-out dimple on your favorite old couch.
That sunken-in left-side spot on the bed.
She’ll pilfer your seat in a country-fried second
And make your bottom stand up instead!

She’ll hide like the dead on the floor by the bed.
And she’ll dirty up the wall with her feet for some reason.
And when you come back from rekindling the fire.
Your tot’s got your spot and you’re freezin’.

That seat by the chimney with the red-checkered cushion.
That spot by the vent where the warmth coddles dread.
She’ll snatch up your warmy just as soon as you’ve parted.
And she won’t budge a skosh or a shred!

Jon Mack-got-my-seat-again Slone

Sixty-Forth Chapter

Sixty-forth chapter
By Jon Slone

Can’t somebody see that orange juice is yellow?
And why do rugs move and where’s my adaptor?
Life is just one big super-huge story
And I don’t come in ‘til the sixty-forth chapter.

Jon 1970th Chapter Slone

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sharing Size

Sharing Size
By Jon Slone

So I purchased a King-Size bag of M&M’s the other day (One of Mack’s favorites) and I noticed that it didn’t actually say, King Size on the package anymore. Nope, the replacement slogan reads, Sharing Size.

Yeah, cause that’s what’s going on now….lots of sharing!

As the obesity numbers in America have climbed to a staggering 66% (Men, women and children combined) it is glaringly apparent that we’ve been buying the Sharing Size to do just that!

If that big bag of M&M’s is called the Sharing Size, what do they call that large drink at the movies?

The, Keel-over-and-die?
The, Hey-I-can’t-feel-my-big-toes?
The, Gain-Six-lose-six? (Gain six pounds. Lose six dollars)
The, I’m-gonna-share-this-with-everyone-in-the-audience-cause-I-like-drinking-after-complete-strangers size?

Make no mistake about it.

Sharing Size is on the package to not pelt the feelings of the corpulent customers as well as to peddle a lot more M&M product.

Store Clerk: Hey Ronald, I see you’re buying six bags of the King Size M&M’s today.
Ronald: Actually they’re called Sharing Size now.
Store Clerk: Right. Plan on doing some sharing are we?
Ronald: Maybe.
Store Clerk: Riiiggghhhttt.
Ronald: Hey, it could happen!
Store Clerk: And I’m sure it will Ron, I’m sure it will.

Jon don't eat the red ones Slone

Felicia's Fix'er Elixir

Felicia’s Fix’er Elixir
By Jon Slone

Right after bingo on Thursday I think.
Felicia made granny a medicinal drink.
A “Pick-Me-Up” cocktail
A “Get Well” spritzer.
A sort of a “Cure what ails ya” Elixir.
It had to have kick! (Even if she was brittle.)
Maybe hurt going down or just cripple a little.

So off to the attic with a cast iron skillet.
She trotted with her fancies of how she would fill it.
She started with paint from an old crusty can.
Then some fuzzy fur growing on the blades of a fan.
She threw in some tinsel and shoe polish too.
With sacks of gun powder and a petrified shoe.

She plopped in a Gumshoe and juice from a Pickle.
And tree sap stuck on an Indian-head nickel.
A plastic toy train.
Some fresh window pane.
And a glob of wet hair from the bath tub drain!

A pop-top lid that was steeped in red.
And something that the cat coughed up in her bed!

She threw in some Crumples and Chocolate-plated Pushins.
And stuff that she found under all the couch cushions.

Some cheap window cleaner.
Some Jam.
Some Jelly.
And that white stuff you drink for an upset belly!

Oh by the way, granny hated it!

Jon writer's hut Slone

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Johann Debonair

Johann Debonair
By Jon Slone

When Johann Debonair said he loved you so much.
That So that he spoke was the biggest So ever!
For no one could stretch out a So like that Joh.
And his So-stretching So-ness stopped So-ing like never!

His So’s indescribably loved you and dug you.
Then somehow his So’s became arms for to hug you!

Those So hugs would shut eyes and force Gobs to show yawns.
And so forth and so on went those So’s of Johann’s.

Just one single So would but burgeon one’s pelf.
And then prop up one’s hope upon life’s flimsy shelf.
And then make you not sure as-to-what just really happened.
Save the fact that you're craving some more So for yourself!

People would try to like, pay for a Joh So.
Please Mr. Joh, they would say, could you go slow?
And then that there So would set in near a wee toe.
While Guido and Milo savored So’s by the kilo.

And a So in the hand is worth two in the push.
And if push comes to shove,
Cup of Jo in the bush!

Yeah, I’m not really sure what the bush and the Jo…
Have to do with the So-gracious, So-giving Joh.
But just know that you’re lacking and your woe needs to feed.
And that Johann has something that you probably need.

Jon The-So-Supplier Slone

If Johann had ever put out an album

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lemon Lime Quiche and Meatball Soda

Lemon Lime Quiche and Meatball Soda
By Jon Slone

There once was a horse named Melancholy Mass.
And all day long he ate nothing but grass!
He chewed and he swallowed the same lookin’ stuff.
Blades and blades of Gribble Green Fluff.

Brown ones and round ones
And lousy leaf lean ones.
And thin ones and thick ones
And really, really green ones!

Blades for breakfast
And blades for lunch.
And more blades for supper
With Gribble blade punch!

Grass! Grass!
Nothin’ but GRASS!
I’m sick of this GRASS said Melancholy Mass!

Served in a diner in South North Dakota.
Thought Melancholy Mass
Now that sounds yummy!
With Fresh Potato Cakes and some honey in my tummy!

And a BuffyBacon Burger and a Carrot Cake too!
And some Deep-Fried Chocolate with Funnel Cake Stew!
Now that would be scrumptious with Soda in my glass.
Instead of Brown Grass!

A Fish and Chips platter
Some Tangerine Cheese.
A Grapefruit Spritzer
A Peanut Butter Freeze.
Some White Chicken Chili
And Pumpkin MapleMoss.
With Bubblegum Omelets
In Worcestershire sauce!

How tasty that sounds
Yum YumpleDum Stuff!
Yet here I sit stuck
Eatin’ Gribble Green Fluff!

Of course,
If you drive down Interstate 5.
And look for the house of Cucumber Clive.
Right to your left through FoggyDog Pass.
You might see a horse that stopped eatin’ Grass.

And if’in you see him
Stop in and say hi.
And bring me some Brisket and Sloppy Joe Pie!

Of course if you’re ever in South North Dakota.

Jon Secretariat Slone

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Escape Hatch

The Escape Hatch
By Jon Slone

Its here I think thoughts
About Becks and of Birds.
And I bully some words
Cause I push them for fun.

Ideas are like bubbles that you blow from a bottle.
And I want one so bad to repair and remodel.
But those sly little orbs, they alight on green stubble.
And what can you do with a pool of broke bubble?

Ensconced in this glen.
With a belly of chagrin.
The ink in my pen
Weaves a magical pun.

And maybe my quill
Is the one at the wheel.
And I’m just the guest riddin’ shotgun?

Jon outside-the-box Slone

41 Words

41 words
By Jon Slone

These forty-one words are probably the reason why I love words today. As God would have it, the first time I heard the word, technology, I was bitten for life, though at six, I probably wasn’t aware of the vicious word bug what leaves brobdingnagian nibble-marks. Nevertheless, technology did it to me.

Enjoy this sonnet of 41 words:


Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive.
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology!
We have the capabilities to make the world’s first Bionic Man.
Steve Austin will be that man.
Better than he was before.
Better, stronger, faster!

41 words for a 41 year old.

If you ever wanted to know who to blame for my sesquipedalian behavior, look no further than the intro to The Six Million Dollar Man T.V. show.

Jon Better-Stronger-Faster Slone

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


By Jon Slone

My Mom and my Dad
They lecture
I sit.

But the stuff they emit
Why I just don’t get!

I asked for a puppy
Then I started to beg.

But Mom said the dog would cost an arm and a leg?

I like my limbs
And no way for a pup.
Would I ever think
About giving them up!

My parents they tell me to not lose my head?
Then ask if I got up on the wrong side of bed?


My Dad always says
Whatever that means.

Caught red handed?
Down to the wire?


My Mom always says
She’ll pull a few strings?

But I could care less
If she tugged on such things.

My Dad will exclaim.

But why at 40 would he change his name?

Mom quit smoking COLD TURKEY she huffed!
But I never knew she was smoking the stuff?



How is a pen,
Mightier than a sword?

And what in the world
Is a Handsome Reward?

What is a Dreamboat?

And does Grave Danger only happen at graves?



Some say on a whim.

But what have my guts ever done to them?





Oh how my folks
Are crazy I feel.

For they don’t make sense
And I fear never will!

Jon hay-hitter Slone

My Five Favorite Cats (A picture post)

My Five Favorite Cats (A picture post)
By Jon Slone

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

Number 5

And why not throw two more in huh!

Jon Wildcat Slone

Monday, December 12, 2011

Georgie Profile & Charlie Red-Cheeks

Georgie Profile & Charlie Red-Cheeks
By Jon Slone

Something you should know before the story begins; I like quarters.

The reason I have a like-affair (Okay fine, love-affair) with quarters can probably be traced back to one man. And he goes by the name of Charlie McKenney.

(This next bit is me recalling a man from an argosy of mental pictures what have been stored up in my brain for forever and referencing a time between the years of 1976 through 1981)

Picture Santa Claus without his beard and incognito, hiding out in the hallways of a big Baptist church off of Nicholasville road…..that about sums it up. I say Santa more for his genialness and larger than life personality than any weight comparisons. Also, I swear Charlie’s cheeks were rosy every time I laid eyes on him.

Here’s how the quarter thing happened.

As fate would have it, the first pivotal encounter probably went down on your typical Wednesday night supper venue. As a kid (And even now) I loved soda. Sweet tea, milk, lemonade, water and prune juice were weighed and measured and all found wanting. They just couldn’t hold a candle next to a can of frosty-cold Coke or a gelid glass of arctic Mountain Dew fully equipped with those saturated ice particles that gorgeously slither down the outside surface of the damp decanter in a damp decanter soda commercial.

I asked Charlie if I could borrow a quarter and he smiled like you’d imagine Jesus would, from a kid’s perspective that is. He then dug his hand into his clinkety-clank pockets and fetched to the surface, a glimmering and dazzling quarter.

As a quick aside, why do we even say, “Can I borrow something?”

My objective as a 5 or 6 year old was not to temporarily sponge a quarter so that I could make a mad dash for the bank or my Mom’s purse and draw twenty-five cents out to then scurry back to Mr. Mckenney and make good on a sentence that had the word borrow in it.

This is no lie! On my 6th birthday, a friend of my aunts (Don’t know which one, though my mind’s eye is leaning toward Paula) asked if he could (Wait for it…) borrow my tee ball stand. Here is the priceless kicker….He was inquiring about the tee ball stand that I had just received as a birthday present that day!

Who does that?

29 year old man: Wow, cool Stretch Armstrong figure. Hey listen, you think I could borrow that for a few days?
Paula: Sure, that’s not spooky weird at all!
29 year old man: Come again?
Paula: Let’s see, Jon just opened it and they’ve already taken a picture of him with it…..and I’m not his Mother so I really couldn’t say with any certainty….sure, go on and take the little kid’s brand new toy!

Here’s how the rest of that story played out. On August 25th 1976 (The same day that Boston’s debut album dropped….which would go on to sell 17 million units) my tee ball stand left the birthday party and to this day, has never returned.

No lie!

Borrow my butt.

Needless to say, a few months later when baseball season came back around, I was totally off my game. The trauma of losing a birthday present on your birthday and to a creepy, can I borrow that line………well, it was just too much for me to shoulder. I switched to basketball and the rest is slam-dunk history.

Back to Charlie.

With one loaned-quarter transaction under my belt, a week later I asked to borrow another. Charlie smiled and lent me the 25 cent piece. I’m not gonna lie, I was sensing a pattern here.

I ask
He gives.
I need
He supplies.
I stick my hand out
He quarters it.

Not to mention the fact that I was falling for both Georgie Profile and Mr. Red-Cheeks respectively.

From there on out, I would ask for a quarter every time I saw Charlie. Most of the time I didn’t need a quarter at all. I just liked Charlie. It was our, “Hi, how are ya?”

Instead of,

Whut up
Good day
Top of the mornin’ to ya
Fine weather we’re having here.

We had:

Do you have a quarter I can borrow?

Truth is, Charlie looked like he could put a beating on you if he needed to. But that was not the way he operated.

Mr. McKenney was always soft spoken.
He always smiled.
And his cheeks were always red.

(I’m telling you, around him, the only thing missing were the reindeer.)

I saw Charlie a few years back. It was the first time I’d seen him in twenty or so years. It was at our old church. (My old church….his, I’m still going here church) He was in that same kitchen not fifteen feet away from our first encounter some thirty-two years earlier.

I asked him for a quarter.

He smiled as his hand quickly made contact with the interior fillings of his right pants pocket. Immediately, I heard the din of coins as they noisily bunched up with one another. In no time at all, Charlie presented me with a shiny new quarter, as if they just magically materialized within his enchanted pockets.

I now keep that quarter in my car.

I will never spend that quarter.

That’s a Charlie quarter.

Way too special, a Charlie quarter is!

Why am I talking like Yoda?

There in the kitchen, I told Charlie what he meant to me and how I probably loved quarters so much because of him. I also thanked him for never borrowing my basketball goal or my Stretch Armstrong. He was like, what? And I was like, never mind. Then he was like, hey, did you hear about that guy who was stealing tee ball stands? And I was like, huh, what are you talking about?

On a serious note, Mr. McKenney told me something really interesting. He said that for over thirty years, he had been keeping a dollar or two in change in his pocket at all times as a form of ministry. Sure, to help kids in need, but to also have perhaps a small moment to witness to them. To show, in words as well as actions, God’s love by giving what he had in his pockets as well as his time. And just think, I may have been his first customer.

So why presently do I like quarters so much?

I would first have to answer that by saying that there are way more reasons that I am completely unaware of than ones that can be articulated.

That said, two that do come to mind are:

1. I like to do magic with them. Make them disappear and stuff.
2. They transform into dollars real quick, and money is a nifty thing to have around.

I wrote a poem about my love of quarters. It’s in my book, Riggleberry Bloke and other silly whatknots.


Quarter Quarter
Yep I Got’er.
Might just Spend’er
Might Ought Not’er.

I like the Quarter
Said Smorgas Rickly.
It’s right much fun
And it adds up quickly!

Quarterly Quarter me
Scream some and Holler!
Three more Georges and we got us a Dollar!

Stick’em in Loafers
And place’em in Lockets.
They play nice with others
And sleep in my pockets.

Maybe I’ll whip one out to buy Gum.
Or could be I’ll get me a Soda with some.

Quarterly Quarter see
Shouldn’t thee Quarter me?
Rows nice and Orderly.
Borders on Forty-Three!

Sure likes the look of that Shiny new . . .

Hello, I’m Shminkle Shmoo. Smorgas just spotted another Quarter and went to procure it
(That means “Get it”). He told me to finish his poem but I don’t know how to write!
So, see ya later.

Charlie and Sharon McKenney

Jon Loves-Charlie-Red-Cheeks Slone

P.S. Charlie, every time you read this post could you drop me a quarter in the mail?


Great Album!

A Morsel of Madness

A Morsel of Madness
By Jon Slone

Good-news is coated in a popular paint.
But lonely is the man who has a complaint.

Jon good-news Slone

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flea Market Mortie

Flea Market Mortie
By Jon Slone

Flea Market Mortie was a Flea Market Nut!
‘Til the sign was turned off
And the gates were locked shut.
You could find that Mortie neck deep in some Bissels.
And non-stick Skillets and Faded-Red Missiles!

And broken old speakers
And saddles from battles.
And busted bug zappers
And ping pong paddles.

If it was useful and if it was spicy.
And if it was ugly and stupid and pricey.
Mortie would buy it and bag it and haul it.
Why every 2 seconds he was grabbin’ his wallet!

Spending that money for deeds to sewers.
And Sure-Grip Basters and Bamboo Skewers!
Some records and marbles and Lug Nuts and Food.
And a peed-on couch that was partially chewed!

An 8-Track player that was totally fried.
And puzzles with not all the pieces inside.
A Street-Cleaning truck and a Grand Father Clock.
And a Red Rocking chair that forgot how to rock.

And one of those toys where you pull on the string.
And the cow goes Moo and the bird starts to sing.
And the cat goes Meow and Hiss goes the snake.
But Mortie’s of course
Not a sound did it make!

Load it up
Load it up
Take it all home!
With some cheap plastic vomit and a shiny black comb.
I’m sure that his Linda will love all that Chrome!
For you can’t have enough of that junk in your home!

That Mortie he’s got him a head full of rocks.
He bought that Death Star Space Station box.
But only the box!
There was no toy in sight!

That Mortie was never mistaken for bright!

He bought him some Post-Its
And Handy Wipe Packets.
And Pepsi Dispensers
And Badminton Rackets.

If it was Iffy or worn-out or wacky
Or torn-up or broken or busted or tacky.
That Mortie would buy it
From marbles to mall.

The only thing wrong now
His house is too small.

Jon Stormtrooper Slone

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lead Reflections

Lead Reflections
By Jon Slone

There on the paper, thought a wee lead smear;
How easy it would be to just disappear!

Jon K.C. Slone

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Scrawny Rupe

Scrawny Rupe
By Jon Slone

They watch in amazement with Wows and Chuckles.
As Rupe spins the ball on his fingers and knuckles.
Twirling and twirling ‘til tips get numb.
Then Rupe moves the ball to the tips of his thumb.
And all for a bet
Five bucks was the deal.
And sure enough Rupe won a Five Dollar Bill.

With God-given talent and practice galore.
He dazzled the crowds on the Basketball floor.
When it came to putting that ball through the hoop.
No one could do it as easy as Rupe!
His passing and dribbling abilities were smokin’!
His stats and his records won’t ever be broken!

Then one day
He simply laid down.
Much too soon
Did he give up his crown.

He closed his eyes
In the midst of a group.
And that was the end
Of the great Scrawny Rupe.

Jon Flopalong Maravich Slone

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ten ran away but one came back (A psalm of unbridled thanks)

Ten ran away but one came back (A psalm of unbridled thanks)
By Jon Slone

Ten ran away but one came back.
And one grabbed a thanks from his gratitude sack.
And one gave his master a gratitude shower.
And he thanked his best friend for what seemed like an hour!

He could have come down
But He chose to stay up.
He could have stayed up
But He chose to come down.
He could have called out
And they would have come running.
But He didn’t come down.
And He didn’t stay up.
And He didn’t call out.
And I’m saved because of this.

And he hugged both his ankles
Where he stopped to repose.
There were no thorns in sight
Just a rose for to coddle.
And he built his abode
At the foot of his Father.
And he poured out his sobs
As if born from a bottle.

He could have come down
But He chose to stay up.
He could have stayed up
But He chose to come down.
He could have called out
And they would have come running.
But He didn’t come down.
And He didn’t stay up.
And He didn’t call out.
And I’m saved because of this.

And the one hid himself within the master quite neatly.
And the love of the chieftain changed the one guy completely.

And he sat with his teacher
And his flask filled with red.
And he sang to the Savior
And he ate the bard’s bread.
And he wished of me one thing to not go unsaid.
To begin with, you have to part ways with your skin…

Are you one of the nine or the one from the ten?

He could have come down
But He chose to stay up.
He could have stayed up
But He chose to come down.
He could have called out
And they would have come running.
But He didn’t come down.
And He didn’t stay up.
And He didn’t call out.
And I’m saved because of this.

Jon psalm 32:7 Slone

My Favorite Christmas

My Favorite Christmas
By Jon Slone

Of Christmas trees
The favorite of mine.
Is not a Frazier Fur
Nor any kind of pine.
It’s not an Evergreen
And a Spruce is no good.
Instead my favorite tree was made from Dogwood.

It’s not a dangle with tinselly sights.
Nor is it strangled with strands of lights.
No ornaments hang from my favorite tree.
Except for a man who hung there for me.

For life eternal that I might share.
He took my sins and died with them there.
More than anything I opened as a kid.
The greatest gift is what this man did!

That was my favorite Christmas.

Jon front-yard-Dog Slone

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

facebook f's and cereal-box-backness

facebook f’s and cereal-box-backness
By Jon Slone

So I’m eating my sour cream and onion chips the other day
when I noticed an f on the back of my bag.

Nervously, I went in for a closer look.

It was a facebook f.

Shut your gob you say?

No for real!

facebook had crept up on my afternoon snack.

This got me thinking. And the more I thought the more gobsmacked I found myself.

Jeez, I reflected inwardly, what did my bag of sour cream and onion chips want from me?

Was I supposed to send it a friend request?

Did my spuds really wanna be buds?

Was proper protocol for me to have written on Mr. S. Cream’s wall, pontificating how much I adored the taste of their flakey-green construction. Or should I have seen the post, “Now 20% more!” and, “Guaranteed Fresh!” And then promptly clicked the like button?

Shoot fire, I thought. What was I to do?

Should I have meandered through all of the delectable pictures?
Do chips take good pictures?
Are chips photogenic?

I know the ones with the most sour cream and green specks are the popular ones.

Then that got me thinking….do the popular ones have their own pages? If so, would I find them as a link in the family column at the bottom-left side of the fb screen?

What if their picture wasn’t posted and instead it was that nondescript blue and white outline guy that you always see.
At that point I would have to go purely by potato chip monikers!


Maybe they just want me to announce to the whole world that I love sour cream and onion potato chips.

I could do that you know.

I do indeed love them so!

I could eat them with some water.
I could eat them with an Otter.
Greasy good and creamy sour!
The salty hour!
Mangle-munch ‘til nothin’s leff!
I just don’t know what to do with the F!

(Creative liberties taken with the leff of course)

You remember how when we were kids, we would stare at the back of the cereal box while we ate the cereal? Sometimes if there were three boxes of cereal out on the table, we would form like a, half-octagon of cereal-box-backness?

It’s a good thing I don’t like to do that with my chips.

facebook f’s……


Jon Friend-me Slone

Monday, December 5, 2011

PoppaSquat Yo Yo McNoinkle BackTrackit

PoppaSquat Yo Yo McNoinkle BackTrackit
By Jon Slone

Now they’ve invented a brownie flavored breeze!
And money grows nicely on four types of trees!
In PoppaSquat Yo Yo McNoinkle BackTrackit!
Where Relish is soon to come out in a packet!

Thanks to those packets of pieces of pickle.
Now paper cuts tickle
And homes cost a nickel!

We’ve superstar status
Our face is in Flicks!
We work for just one day and party for six!

The needy don’t need
And the homeless have houses.
And people are kind to their mooses and mouses!

Our bodies can fly and karate-chop bricks!
And Sardines
Taste like Bubble gum sticks!

And mean people melt
And all wash away!
And rainbows stop in for lunch every day!

And all because relish is coming to a packet!
In PoppaSquat Yo Yo McNoinkle BackTrackit!

Jon relish-my-blog-if-you-must Slone

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dad's Mug

Dad’s Mug
By Jon Slone

I sure can’t wait
To give Him a hug.
To cry with joy
When I see Dad’s Mug.
To fly with my Father
To laugh and to play.
To hear His stories
Day after day.
There in His love
That nothing can sever.
Eating pizza in heaven with Jesus forever!
To feel His smile
In a home without strife.
To see those scars that saved my life!
For now, in His word is where I snug.
Counting the days
‘Til I see Dad’s Mug.

Jon At-the-foot-of-His-feet Slone

The Stranger

The Stranger
By Jon Slone

When I was just seven
Or maybe a little more.
I heard this Stranger
Knock at my door.

To find this door
I began to hunt.
It wasn’t the backdoor
It wasn’t the front.
This door
Was one I couldn’t see.
And that was because
It was inside of me.

Inside of my body
Near a very important part.
That Stranger was knocking at the door of my heart.

His name was Jesus,
The one at my door.
I knew I was right
For I’d heard Him before.
He brought a free gift
To save me from sin.
So I opened my heart
And I let Him come in.

There in His new home with changes to tackle.
He pulled out some polish
And he got out some spackle.

He brought with Him trash bags
And paint cans and powders.
With Stain Picker-uppers
And Spot Getter-outters!

And day by day
This Clean-up Whiz.
He makes my heart
Look more like His!

He died for my sins
Up there on the cross.
And now in my heart
He’s Lord and He’s Boss.

He’s at the controls
Of all that I do.
Except when I’m bad
But those times are few.

He keeps me safe
He helps me grow.
He loves me more
Than I’ll ever know.
He guides my steps
Wherever I go.
I’m sure, cause His word
It tells me so.

With Him in my heart
Life is neater!
Life is fuller!
Life is sweeter!

He’s built me a home
It’s up in the sky.
I’ll live there forever
Whenever I die.

That fills me with joy
Yet the world is sad.
But they’d be happy
If they had what I had.

I bet if they’d stop
For a second or more.
They’d hear that Stranger
Knock at their door!

Jon Jesus-Freak Slone

Friday, December 2, 2011


By Jon Slone

My name is Docktress Von Fangersank-Green.
Don't wanna sound tall, rub it in or wax mean.
So I just tell the people that I'm five foot 17.

Jon Alto Sax Slone

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Long-winded K

Long-winded K
By Jon Slone

Could you turn in the Dew bottles and get us some change?
Could you stomach the move if we took to the range?


Could you mow the front yard?
Could you guard the front row?
Could you come get this splinter up out of my toe?
Could you stop at the store, could you answer the door?
Could you sleep in the attic for a fortnight or more?


Could you get some more soda cause this here won’t fizz!
Could you go wash the mat where your cat took a wiz?
Could you help little Cal with his calculus quiz?
Could you fill up the hole where the septic tank is?

Could you go change the light-bulb out there in the shed?
Could you live with a brother if we all called him Zed?
Could you fetch me a fork and some needle and thread?
Could you go get the plate out from under your bed?


Could you pick up the guitar and play Terry Kath?
Could you call up the plumber about the hall bath?
Could you clean out the gutters and bag all the needles?
And wash Mr. Tweedles?
And spray for the beetles?

Could you go wash your hair?
Could you go pick a pear?
Could you stand on a stair and like steady a bear?
Could you bathe your whole body in a bottle of Nair?
Could you come over here?
Could you go over there?

Could you get on the treadmill, you look a bit doughy?
Could you take up the Macrame to Aunt Chloe?
Could you rethink the pants, they’re a little too showy?
Now what do you say to all that, little Joey?


Could you cash-in your cashews for cups of cachet?
Could you eat a fillet be it caked in flambé?
Could you call Uncle Ray down in Crambazzle Bay?
Could you track in some clay?
Could you wait to go weigh?
Could you see about Mother’s delicious Souffle?
Could you charter a cherry-colored cabriolet?
Could you lacquer the sleigh?
Could you bounce a bouquet?
Could you fetch some sorbet out in west Santa-Fe?
Could you maybe just maybe,
Delay or defray?
Could you quit saying K
Maybe sometime today?


Jon Angel-Actor Slone

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And time is a crowd

And time is a crowd
By Jon Slone

Complete were the four
With just six more to tackle.
But the soul will unshackle
As the bard walketh far.

And time is a crowd that grows colder and colder.
And your feet are swept up cause you’re shoulder to shoulder.
And men are like minutes that are trampled like clover.
Cause the merciless mob won’t slow-up or bend over.

And The Crown Prince of Soda lived forty-nine years.
In a trick-or-treat life where he lapped-up the cheers.
Now the prince of pop parries no longer it appears…
And he only got a two page spread in the Star!

And the man high above finds his lungs not improving.
Outside the leaves fall to a fate they don’t wish.
Oh to just tape his seeds down to keep them from moving.
‘Twas a broke lift what laid down Lamar.

And time is a crowd
And the crowd isn’t fair.
And the crowd doesn’t pause.
And the crowd doesn’t care.

Jon Captain LoveWater Slone

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Captain LoveWater

Captain LoveWater
Written by the old man himself

Never eat cheese balls and drink something orange.
Number Twelve at Nine’s not a good place to stop!
Don’t ever sip punch when you’re stuck in Guyana.
And Delilah takes way too much off the top!

And Captain LoveWater has a hair full of head.
And Captain LoveWater just wrote what you read!

Never play drums if your first name is Jim.
Don’t set out to swim the complete Euphrates.
Like, don’t ever eat a ham sandwich in bed.
And don’t take apples from little old ladies!

Never eat hash with a guy named Stew.
Don’t run with a Kenyan save that if he’s gimpy.
Never throw down with a boy named Sue.
And Terry will tell ya that the water gun’s empty!

Never draw dogs with a guy named Charles.
Never watch movies with a guy named Pause-It.
Never eat salad with someone called Karen
Cause she’s just gonna throw it all up in the closet.

Don’t sit in a Cessna with a cat dubbed Otis.
Don’t ever say, “Man, it can’t get any worse!”
Pecan Trees’ll kill ya like James in Paris.
And Captain LoveWater will trill you some verse.

And Captain LoveWater has a hair full of head.
And Captain LoveWater just wrote what you read!

Jon I-Am-Captain-LoveWater Slone

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vitamin D

Vitamin D
By Jon Slone

You can have the whole planet for a piece of Home Plate.
Cause I need more Narrow
And I need more Straight.
And I need more snow and I need more sled.
And I need more rope and I need more Red.

I need less choices
I need less brands.
I need more Father up there in the stands.

I need a vacation on the wings of an Eagle.
And I need more times when chocolate was legal.

I need me a placard that lights up, Applause it.
I need more monsters inside of my closet.

I need more adventures aloft in my stunt tree.
I need more walks to Potato Chip Country.

I need more respite
I need more Bridge.
I need more artwork displayed on the fridge.

And a teacher to take me out for a meal.
And a little more weal and a little more Hill.

And a little less thorn and a little more tree.
And if they don’t have all of those things for me…

Then maybe just get me some Vitamin D.

Jon CanIhavesomemoreplease Slone

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Uber Jen and Mr. Steve

Uber Jen and Mr. Steve
By Jon Slone

The last two times that MacKenzie has had her portraits done, we’ve gone to, J and S Photography, LLC.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking. Yes, my name is Jon Slone. But no, the J and S in J and S Photography, LLC don’t belong to me….this is not my corporation.

Ladies and germs, let me tell ya, these people are absolutely wonderful! Steve (Apart from being the S) is the one who takes the pictures. He welcomes you to be as proactive as you want during the photo shoot or to step back, if you so desire, and chill-lax while nursing one of their tasty and gratuitous potations.

Jennifer (Aside from being the J) is his uber-assistant and co-owns the business along with the aforementioned Mr. S.

Jen is so sweet. The other day, Stacy and I met with her to look at proofs and she treated us like we were long lost family. Literally we felt like the only client in the room (Which was actually not the case). Our time together was drawn-out, detailed, loquacious and down-right pleasurable. The mood went a far cry past “business dealing” to somewhere in the neighborhood of friends what were leisurely sitting about and smiling whilst gawking at adorable and flawlessly rendered pictures.

Oh, and you can even bring your pets.

Come on, really?

Sup with that!

If the proof is in the pudding, let me shut up while you check out the big bowl of pulchritudinous pudding due north of my words here.

Mr. S just captured an Angel am I right?

For those of you who don’t know me real well, that would be my angel thank you very much!

Here is our little Santa’s helper once more, ensnared perfectly by the keen-eyed, quick-fingered, one-and-only Mr. Steve.

For your eye-popping pleasure, here is their web site.

They are also offering free session for the rest of the year. And can shoot both onsite as well as in their studio. Though, I’d go to their studio if I were you….that’s where they keep the real Santa locked in a cookie-filled cage on the underneath side of their living room floor. Here he is (Santa) pictured below.

Santa and two little angels that don’t belong to the writer of this blog.

Jon Knot J & S Slone

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's behooving to know what proficuous means (a stark vocabulary quagmire)

It’s behooving to know what proficuous means
(A Stark Vocabulary quagmire)
By Jon Slone

It’s the best news ever and you haven’t even told it.
Its gawking at the Cave Of Swallows blindfolded.
It’s nothing to pilfer when nabbed in a theft.
It’s a handful of dreams and just one day left.

It’s Jack and the Giant, bereft of some beans.
It’s behooving to know what proficuous means.

It’s like jumping in a creek with rocks in your head.
It’s the gaits to the Palace and they’re locked-up with thread.

It’s the best treats ever and you haven’t even tried’em.
It’s some taped-up boxes with nothing inside’em.

A plain empty salad.
A Woebegone gaze.
A sparse retelling of some hollowed-out days.

It’s some rabbit ears wending through vending machines.
It’s behooving to know what proficuous means.

It’s a tug-o-war match with nothing to tug.
It’s a gun with one slug and twelve people to plug!

It’s like taking you serious when your nickname is Booger.
It’s a kid in a candy store allergic to sugar.

It’s a self-made prison for the squandering poet.
A bard with the key and he doesn’t even know it.

It’s the Grand Canyon field trip, a meal for the masses.
And you were the one guy who misplaced his glasses.

It’s cleaning latrines in your top-dollar jeans.
It’s behooving to know what proficuous means.

Jon wordnerd Slone

By the way, proficuous means behooving.

The power of words people.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Twilight's Breaking Dawn Part 1 (A Sorta-Kinda Movie Review)

Twilight’s Breaking Dawn part 1 (A Sorta-Kinda Movie review)
By Lukewarm Effort

First let me state that I have never read the books.

Okay, so I saw Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend and if you’re like me and you’ve attended all of the Twilight movies thus far, then my succinct review of the fourth installment would be as follows: it doesn’t suck as bad as Rotten Tomatoes says that it does.

I will now jump around a bunch. If any of you know me personally, you’re aware that this is normal behavior.

First off, I get tired of watching werewolves (Or wolves) that look about as real as Woody from Toy Story 3.

In four movies thus far, here is the way the defective system has been perpetrated on us: First we see a big fight scene where bunches of Cullen’s are grappling with empty space. Then some Mr. Magoo, who has never laid eyes on a real wolf, sits in his bunker out in Van Nuys where he toils away doing some first rate shoddy CGI work. Upon completion, the editors pair the two images together and six months later we get Jasper beating up Thumper and Alice putting Scooby Doo in a choke-hold.

Come on, really? Somehow they’ve stitched, ‘American Werewolf in London’ with ‘Monster’s Inc.’

And those god-awful transformations where, shirtless boy wonder runs and leaps into the air? And then a wolf appears and CGI shirt fragments trail-off into the cold night mist? Cut my wrist and stuff it with yak hair will ya!


Second off…

For the first half (I repeat, HALF) of the movie, all we get are a big wedding and an even longer snooze of a honeymoon. Are you kiddin’ me…..I looked around the theatre and dudes were passed out everywhere! All around the theatre we were dropping like flies. And the ones who were still awake were slipping into the isles and on their way out to the concession stand. This is the way the ordering went:

Dude: Yeah, give me some Snow-Caps and one of those fluffy pillows there.
Girl: Donut, travel, body, neck or throw?
Dude: What?
Girl: What kind of pillow do you want?
Dude: I don’t care, one that helps me sleep through Breaking Yawn I guess.
Girl: Wool, cotton, feather, Dacron or down?
Dude: Come again?
Girl: Actually, for 50 cents more you could upgrade to a Tempur-pedic.
Dude: Tell ya what, scratch the whole pillow thing….how much is that box of Ambien?
Girl: Thirteen dollars and seventy-five cents.
Dude: Wow, that’s the same price as a large Coke! Alright, give me a box.
Girl: Would you like a pretzel too?
Dude: Why would I want a pretzel?
Girl: I have to ask or I’ll get written up.

Back to the movie…

We men watched in agony as the two lovebirds played chess and hung out with waterfalls. And then Eddie put some bruises on her and then she was like whatever but then he was like no and then she was like yes and then I was like, “Jeez, how long ‘til this Ambien kicks in?!”

Third off…

The other thing that irks the ever-lovin’ fake blood right out of me is that both Jake and Edward are cool enough dudes, interestingly enough characters….but they’re both chasing after this girl that’s as brilliant as a bottle of white-out, as engrossing as being put on hold for tech support and as much fun as going to the dentist.

I’d rather watch Edward fall in love with Telly from Sesame Street.

But back to Belly, or Bella or whatever her name is.

Like in movie two, they would spend the whole film saying stuff like this will never work and I’m no good for you and then Jake would take his shirt off and Edward would run away and she would try to drown herself. Then Vampy would appear to her as a mist and she would ride on a motorcycle with some stranger and Jake would take his shirt off and she would be like I’m so confused and teen wolf would be like is it my line already? And Edward would be like I hope they make a 'Water for Elephants' Part 2.

And this was, and is, the way it always goes……but then, when they finally do get together and Eddie goes in for a smooch, Bella never kisses him like one would think one would kiss their soul mate (and then some). Notice the beginning of every kiss…please.

This is what you’ll see:

He leans in aggressively and starts kissing and she’s over there somewhat putting the brakes on as if Eddie needs a Velamint or an Altoid IV. You’d think that she was sucking face with that old Tonto guy in the wheelchair.

I’m serious, Kristen Stewart is dull like dishwater, as enthusiastic as a dead turtle and as good a kisser as one of the Goonies.

Back to Breaking Dawn (If ever we were there to begin with).

Like most anything you watch, if you watch it long enough, the chances are you’re gonna get attached, on some level, to the characters….what makes this new installment watchable is that I, like you casual fans and Twilight hardboots, wanna see what happens to Jake, Edward and Dish Walla the so-so. We’ve taken this journey with them so far, why not see what happens next?

I’ll add this though, if the Twilight franchise had went with more, real instead of green screen overkill and the genius of Boogerboat Tomkins out there in Van Nuys, these movies would have been a lot better!

Jon Effort Slone

Boogerboat Tomkins (aka Mr. Magoo) (aka CGI studmuffin)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Spaceship Stacy & Jalopy Jon

Spaceship Stacy & Jalopy Jon
By Jon Slone

So my wife and I bought a new car (The writer giggles) Wait, scratch that first sentence.

So my wife has this new car now and boy is it awesome. Seriously, this thing is like driving a high-tech computer on wheels.

Think Luke’s Landspeeder on Tatooine but with bluetooth. Picture an X-Wing Fighter with sub-woofers.

This thing is a frickin’ spaceship with a Toyota emblem slapped on it.

Don’t believe me?

Try this on for size.

You don’t need keys! You just keep this small black rectangle in your pocket (Or Rhet-Tettan as my two year old would say). Then walk up to your spaceship and the door simply beeps and then welcomes you in. No mess, no fuss.
Once inside, you put your foot on the brake and push this, gorgeously illuminated button and the spaceship, pretending to be a car, silently comes to life.

No keys people!

Everything inside is touch-screen and voice command. What’s more, the dashboard controls are synced up with iTunes. With that, all you do is just plug up your iPod and the huge VDS showcases all of your music for super easy navigation.

Speaking of navigation, the Global Positioning System is quite possibly the flagship item within the deluxe and elaborate cockpit. Not only will it locate, for you, a Golden Coral, show you the location and give you the telephone number….it will also inform you if, in fact, the rolls are fresh and whether or not they’ve got popcorn shrimp.

Here comes the James bond portion.

If you want to insert a CD, you first have to push a button. When you do, the entire GPS Screen thrusts to the fore and rotates from a flush and vertical position to a raised and horizontal one. At first, this is where you’re certain that the ejector-seat button is hiding, but alas, ‘tis only the locality for dropping sonic coins into clandestine musical slots.

Are you kidding me?

She (Stacy) has state of the art everything! Seats that heat up to combat the chill of wintry mornings, Satellite radio, Blu Logic, cameras to help you back the car into tight spots…why, she can even simultaneously blow 60 degree frost on one side of the car. And 90 degree desert swelter on the other. Thus cold and hot natured folks alike can once again unite under one fluctuating roof!

Me by comparison, you ask?

I still have an ashtray, a cigarette lighter and a factory tape deck in my car. And nothing rotates but the oil changes.


After you spend any significant amount of time in her car, this is what it feels like you’re driving:

Her goodies!

My cruddies.

Jon My-Hooptie Slone

P.S. Her 2011 Toyota V6 XLE Spaceship is so fast it practically lifts off the ground! Goodwin and St. Mary’s Road become runways more often than not…’s crazy!

Gotta go…..someone pushed in my cigarette lighter again.

“Fricka Sacka Para-Coda Poller Ratin’ Dirty-Shocka Froca freakun…”