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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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