Skating On Thin Ice.

Posted by admin on June 3, 2013 in Growing Up

I learned recently that the Valley Drive In had closed unceremoniously last fall to make way for another retail and residential development; the continued gentrification of the Kent Valley. This is the same process that claimed Longacres oh, so long ago to make way for a Boeing training center that is now relocating to Miami. […]


Welcome Back Cotter.

Posted by admin on May 20, 2013 in Growing Up

A friend of mine asked recently if I knew what a cotter pin was. I guess most guys do. Apparently all women don’t. Sure, they know a safety pin, a bobby pin and perhaps if they are old enough, a fraternity pin. But a cotter pin? Not sure if that’s part of their daily or […]



Posted by admin on December 10, 2012 in Growing Up

I have been preparing my book of RobZerrvations, pulling out the best of 2011 and putting them into book form. One of the stories that made the cut (there are 267 to choose from) was a story of the Big Mook, my beagle Jasper. In editing the story, I noticed that I had promised to […]


The Attack Of The Teen Zombies.

Posted by admin on October 29, 2012 in Growing Up

Not too long ago, I wrote about Zombees. Yes, those whacked out bees who have been eaten alive from the inside out by flies who have acquired a taste for bee meat, turning ordinary bees into crazed, hollowed out zombies of the air. The whole zombie problem has seemed to spread to teens as well. […]


Trick Or Die.

Posted by admin on October 19, 2012 in Defies Description, Growing Up

I have to hand it to the Chinese. Why waste a bunch of money firing nuclear missiles at us, setting off World War III when you can just knock us off one at a time, starting with our children. The vile plot came to light a couple days ago. U.S. Customs agents spotted 229 cartons […]


Up A Tree Without A Paddle.

Posted by admin on September 10, 2012 in Growing Up

Like most boys, I loved having a treehouse. Our first one was a rather straightforward affair. Well, not exactly straightforward. As we know by now, my father never did anything the simple way. His idea was to bring home a pre-fab treehouse. He had scammed an old Boeing shipping crate, about 10 feet square. It […]


A Nike With A Helluva Kick.

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Growing Up

Being a kid in the 1960s was really wonderful. I kind of feel sorry for the kids today who are growing up in a much different time. Perhaps it feels the same to them, but there isn’t as much mystery and awe as there was when I was young. After all, it was the middle […]


Unpopular Mechanics

Posted by admin on June 19, 2012 in Growing Up

I have never been, nor will I ever be a mechanical savant. I know my limitations, and while my brothers could build a working car out of some sawdust and two screws, I can barely follow the directions found in an IKEA box. It’s not that I don’t try. I really like to build stuff, […]


Keeping It All On Line.

Posted by admin on June 11, 2012 in Growing Up

Growing up in a family of all boys exposes you to a lot of macho pursuits. There was always something going on at the Zerr house, from slot car races to a real stock car that had a tendency to burst into flames unexpectedly whenever my brother took it for a test drive up and […]


Living Like George Jetson.

Posted by admin on March 29, 2012 in Growing Up

As a kid, I loved The Jetsons. I guess every kid did back then. We were all living at the dawn of the space age where technology held the promise of solving all our greatest problems. While I’m still waiting for the day when I can take a pill that tastes like a juicy Rib […]

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