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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM REID's writing:

To roll your eyes -- at his oblivious tendencies.

To smirk -- at the trajectory of his stubborn man mind.

To laugh -- at his propensity to speak the quiet parts of life out loud.

To unwind -- thanks to the experience & enjoyment of shared humor.

To roll your eyes
-- at his oblivious tendencies.

To smirk
-- at the trajectory of his stubborn man mind.

To laugh
-- at his propensity to speak the quiet parts of life out loud.

To unwind
-- thanks to the experience & enjoyment of shared humor.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM REID's writing

To roll your eyes -- at his oblivious tendencies.

To smirk -- at the trajectory of his stubborn man mind.

To laugh -- at his propensity to speak the quiet parts of life out loud.

To unwind -- thanks to the experience & enjoyment of shared humor.

Beginning with his fourth grade teacher, Sister Rottweiler as he believes her name to be, to having to write “tea” of “coffee” on a slip of paper so his English ship captain could tell what he had brewed for him, Reid Champagne has been distilling his mostly slacker life through a fractured lens of morbid absurdity, sophomoric verbosity and self-actualizing deprecation. Most writers count words; Reid count syllables. Ha!  

A writer for more than 35 years, Reid, like Joyce, has sought to show the mundane and ordinary as unique and extraordinary as a way of justifying a life lived. Unlike Joyce, he has not portrayed that life with either adventure or energy as a driving force, mainly because of the level of effort that would have entailed. Now in his 70s, Reid is enjoying a time in life when slowing down and resting frequently is generally accepted as the best that can be expected. His beloved wife and travel companion Carol begs to differ, and that is another area where the fun can and does begin.

It is that one burning question that remains: “How can you still look your children in the eye” that continues to drive Reid each and every morning to hop out of bed and head straight for the couch.


Who told you you could write?
Actually it was a high school English teacher that told me I couldn't write. I admired him greatly, and spent the next fifty years or so striving to prove him right.

Do you really know what 'eponymous' means, or did you have to look it up before you used it in your recent blog?
What does eponymous mean?

Who has the right-of-way at a four-way stop?
I get these all the time. I think they're from people who want to show I really don't know everything after all. It could also be from people trying to cheat on their driving test. I always reply that they should stay 60 feet from any fire hydrant. Just to mess with them.

Is it pronounced pan.a.SEE.ah or pa.NAS.ee.ah?
Depends on where you're from. If you're from New York, you say it the first way. If you're from Alabama, you say it the second way, and then you get punched in the mouth for saying it at all.

Where are you on the Oxford comma?
I'll tell you, that, in my view, there should be more commas in this world, because a comma is,like, telling you to stop and smell the flowers, which we don't do enough, in our lives, you know, what I mean? So again, stop and smell the roses, the flowers and anything else along the way. Got it?

Do you ever get writers' block?
The only time I don't have writers' block is when I'm writing. The rest of my life is one big writers' block, however.

Are you allowed to pass a school bus stopped on the opposite side of a divided roadway?
Is this you again? Did you flunk last time? Was it the 60 ft. from a hydrant answer?  Okay. Here it
is. You can never pass a school bus, even when it's parked in the bus garage. Good luck!

Could you tell me how Molly Bloom's punctuationless monologue near the end of James Joyce's Ulysses functions as a rant against the Oxford comma? Say 1500 words, double spaced, by tomorrow?
You're getting a big fat F mister.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM REID's writing:

To roll your eyes -- at his oblivious tendencies.

To smirk -- at the trajectory of his stubborn man mind.

To laugh -- at his propensity to speak the quiet parts of life out loud.

To unwind -- thanks to the experience & enjoyment of shared humor.

To roll your eyes
-- at his oblivious tendencies.

To smirk
-- at the trajectory of his oblivious behavior man-mind.

To laugh
-- at his propensity to speak the quiet parts of life out loud.

To unwind
-- thanks to the experience & enjoyment of shared humor.

MORE ABOUT REID

Beginning with his fourth grade teacher, Sister Rottweiler as he believes her name to be, to having to write “tea” of “coffee” on a slip of paper so his English ship captain could tell what he had brewed for him, Reid Champagne has been distilling his mostly slacker life through a fractured lens of morbid absurdity, sophomoric verbosity and self-actualizing deprecation. Most writers count words; Reid count syllables. Ha!

A writer for more than 35 years, Reid, like Joyce, has sought to show the mundane and ordinary as unique and extraordinary as a way of justifying a life lived. Unlike Joyce, he has not portrayed that life with either adventure or energy as a driving force, mainly because of the level of effort that would have entailed. 

Now in his 70s, Reid is enjoying a time in life when slowing down and resting frequently is generally accepted as the best that can be expected. His beloved wife and travel companion Carol begs to differ, and that is another area where the fun can and does begin.

It is that one burning question that remains: “How can you still look your children in the eye” that continues to drive Reid each and every morning to hop out of bed and head straight for the couch.

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FAQ

Who told you you could write?
Actually it was a high school English teacher that told me I couldn't write. I admired him greatly, and spent the next fifty years or so striving to prove him right.

Do you really know what 'eponymous' means, or did you have to look it up before you used it in your recent blog?
What does eponymous mean?

Who has the right-of-way at a four-way stop?
I get these all the time. I think they're from people who want to show I really don't know everything after all. It could also be from people trying to cheat on their driving test. I always reply that they should stay 60 feet from any fire hydrant. Just to mess with them.

Is it pronounced pan.a.SEE.ah or pa.NAS.ee.ah?
Depends on where you're from. If you're from New York, you say it the first way. If you're from Alabama, you say it the second way, and then you get punched in the mouth for saying it at all.

Where are you on the Oxford comma?
I'll tell you, that, in my view, there should be more commas in this world, because a comma is,like, telling you to stop and smell the flowers, which we don't do enough, in our lives, you know, what I mean? So again, stop and smell the roses, the flowers and anything else along the way. Got it?

Do you ever get writers' block?
The only time I don't have writers' block is when I'm writing. The rest of my life is one big writers' block, however.

Are you allowed to pass a school bus stopped on the opposite side of a divided roadway?
Is this you again? Did you flunk last time? Was it the 60 ft. from a hydrant answer?  Okay. Here it is. You can never pass a school bus, even when it's parked in the bus garage. Good luck!

Could you tell me how Molly Bloom's punctuationless monologue near the end of James Joyce's Ulysses functions as a rant against the Oxford comma? Say 1500 words, double spaced, by tomorrow?
You're getting a big fat F mister.

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A Journey To My Younger Self
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
This book really took me back to my own younger days traveling in Europe. Although my experiences were very different, I greatly enjoyed reliving the author’s journey with him. His reflections include humor and pathos as a young person’s genuine experiences would be. As such, I think the book would be appealing not only to those who made similar trips, as well as those who would like to make such a trip, but also to anyone who could vicariously enjoy the adventures of a coming of age experience. I found the expressed insecurities and uncertainties very relatable and the book an enjoyable experience.

Beginning with his fourth grade teacher, Sister Rottweiler (as he believes her name was), to having to write """"tea"""" or""""coffee"""" on a slip of paper so his English ship captain could tell what he had brewed for him, Reid Champagne, a great American humorist and author has been distilling his mostly unrealized life through a fractured lens of mordant absurdity, sophomoric verbosity and self-actualizing deprecation. Most writers count words; Reid, ever the anal-retentive, counts syllables. Ha!  
His never-ending search for humor and the amusing, slice-of-life anecdote is what keeps him occupied these days. And when he finds what he's looking for, he vows to stop. Which probably explains why he's still going strong.

A writer for more than 35 years, Reid, like Joyce, has sought to show the mundane and ordinary as unique and extraordinary as a way of justifying a life lived. Unlike Joyce, he has not portrayed that life with either adventure or energy as a driving force, mainly because of the level of effort that would have entailed. Now in his 70s, Reid is enjoying a time in life when slowing down and resting frequently is generally accepted as the best that can be expected. His beloved wife and travel companion Carol begs to differ, and that is another area where the fun can and does begin. She is constantly pushing him to pursue his writing and humor; if Carol believes her husband is the top humorist in America, she'd be right. Reid has proven he can take on some of the funniest comedians and college humorists without breaking a sweat. His humor column and blog have become widely popular with travel enthusiasts and people looking for a good laugh. They are an excellent way to enjoy a retirement trip.

It is that one burning question that remains: "How can you still look your children in the eye"""" that continues to drive Reid each and every morning to hop out of bed and head straight for the couch.

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