About Verbal

I am a single Dad, raising two teenage daughters. I like to read. I like to write. I spend way too much time staring at the night sky. And a little too much time watching baseball. Anything else you'd like to know, ask. I'm not exactly an open book, but I like to talk, and I like to listen.

I value playfulness, in sex and in writing and in life. I am fond of light bondage, blindfolds, lingerie, toys. I love to tease. I have a serious thing about playing with pearls, I have no idea where it comes from, something to do with straddling the borderlands between classy and filthy.

I do not cyber. I may flirt, and while I love to talk about sex, I love to talk about almost anything. Someone lovely, poised and graceful has entered my life. She is a gift, a poem, and all I desire. Respect that.

I tend to go onto Lush for quick visits to check my email and timeline and look around the Forums. So if you BB me and I don't respond, or don't talk for very long, please don't take it personally. Write me an email and I will be happy to receive it, and to respond. I love email because it is so similar to writing letters, back in the day. My kids say only old people email anymore. They are probably right.

The avatar is David Foster Wallace, one of my favorite writers. His best book, Infinite Jest, is an overwritten, self-indulgent mess, and being kind of a self-indulgent mess myself, I can relate. :)

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
— Stephen King

"Every love story is a ghost story." - David Foster Wallace

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Relationship Status:
In a Relationship with LaylaJune
Inside your head, Colorado, United States
Taking care of my daughters, mostly. Also: astronomy, writing, reading, movies, camping, baseball, theater. Science and art. Good bourbon. Good sex. Good conversation. Tilting at windmills.
Favorite Books:
Infinite Jest, All the Pretty Horses, Slaughterhouse Five, The Killer Angels, Beloved, Lonesome Dove, The Things They Carried, The Grapes of Wrath, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, Where the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat, The Haunting of Hill House, The Flame Alphabet, Winter's Bone
Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, John Irving, Neal Stephenson, Daniel Woodrell, John Le Carre, China Mieville, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Suess, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor,
Favorite Movies:
The Usual Suspects (where I got my cybername!), Chinatown, The Godfather, The Conversation, Bull Durham, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, It's a Wonderful Life, Moon, Truly Madly Deeply, 28 Days Later, Frozen, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, The Haunting, The Incredibles, Rosemary's Baby, Children of Men
Favourite TV Shows:
Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under, Treme, The Wire, The Fosters, ER, Battlestar Galactica (the remake), Dr. Who, The West Wing, Nurse Jackie.
Favorite Music:
Steve Earle, K T Tunstall, Bruce Spingsteen, Tim O'Brien, Tom Petty, Iris DeMent, Kasey Chambers, The Horseflies, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Los Lobos, The Beatles, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, U2. I'm a big fan of bluegrass and all its weird offshoots.
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Topic: Is equality such a difficult concept to grasp?
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 21:26

I wholeheartedly disagree with the idea that respect must be earned. That would mean you can not respect people you haven't met yet. It assumes that people are not to be respected unless they prove otherwise. I think the innocent until proven guilty approach is better here as well: respect people until they show they're not worthy of it.

Nearly the exact same words have come out of my mouth. I teach this to my kids endlessly - respect is given freely to each person you meet. It can be lost, in which case it must be earned back. But otherwise, respect is something you give by default.

Topic: I AM
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 14:36

I am going to Rockygrass this year! On my birthday!! With my lupine beauty!!!

The Dixie Chicks had a hit with this, but these guys wrote it. And do it better.

Topic: What would you cook for the person above?
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 12:55

Fried candy sandwiches

Topic: Haters Gonna Hate, Taters Gonna Tate
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 12:40


Topic: Post something NICE about the person above you.
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 12:39

Jaw-droppingly elegant

Topic: We go together like...
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 10:21

Socks and sandals

Topic: American news media - watchdog or lapdogs?
Posted: 06 Dec 2016 10:17

I don't do TV news. My "front page" when I go on the net is Reuters, CNN (not biased in any particular direction but a sheeplike devotion to safe mainstream news that grabs readership), NY Times (a little lefty but pretty trustworthy), Slate (wildly more lefty than me but good writing), along with various science/astronomy/arts sites. They all have their weaknesses, but between all of them I get a sense of what is going on in the mainstream media view of the world. I don't pretend it is an accurate picture of the world, but it is the best I can do. I don't trust alt news sources from the left (HuffPo) or right (Brietbart) at all.

I haven't believed in news media reliability since the buildup to the 2nd Iraqi War, when no one bothered to fact check any of the post-9/11 bullshit we were being fed. I thought Trump was relatively well fact-checked, but nobody seemed (or seems) to care.

I do Facebook, but rarely share news or political stuff, and believe NOTHING I read there. I read the Sunday paper in exhaustive detail, but don't take it more seriously than the news I get online.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 05 Dec 2016 20:35

Tell youse guys da truth, if you read nothing else, check out the latest stories by Laura and Mike. Then if time permits, also check out the new ones by Chuck-e-poo, Sprite, and CandyTails. You can thank me later.

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I have one too....

Topic: Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted: 05 Dec 2016 09:54

Another helpful thing would be the ability to attach a document to a PM, rather than just a pic. This would be especially helpful to authors collaborating on stories, or people who help to edit someone's story, but there could be other times when this function would be helpful. Instead of that, or in addition to that, a way to put a story into a "preview" mode and grant permission to specific people to access it (similar to the functionality of albums that can be limited to specific users)

I think this is a good idea. I end up just pasting the story into the email, but for longer stories that's kinda problematic.

Topic: Guilty or Innocent.
Posted: 03 Dec 2016 18:14

Many, many times.

You have been in the midst of sex right when the clock hits midnight on New Years Eve.

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Open Door

The girl stood framed in the open doorway of the hotel room like a canvas on the wall of a gallery. The woman faced her from the other side of the entrance, still grasping the door handle, overwhelmed, her mind awash with the possibilities that presented themselves in the form of this girl before her. There were too many; it was impossible to take them all in. The woman reacted with a...

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Shard 97: Sexhair

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Added 18 Oct 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 17 | Avg Score 5 | Views 886 | 16 Comments

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He had been wanting to fuck her for three years. She was hot in the way Moms are hot. That sounds dismissive, but it wasn't, not to him. It was celebratory. She wasn't a twenty-something waif-thin hottie, she wasn’t a MILF, she wasn’t a model, she wasn’t a cartoonish divorcee on the prowl. She was just a single Mom, maybe a little prettier than the others, at least in his eyes. She had...

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Shard 428: The Razor Thin Edge

It was a moment as thin as a heartbeat. One moment plucked from an infinity of them, laced on the string of time like pearls. He pushed her to her knees onto the plush carpeted floor of the hotel room, her wrists bound behind her back with the duct tape they had bought from the clueless and vacantly smiling clerk at the hardware store downtown. He had duct taped her mouth too, but...

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thought you'd appreciate this. have a wonderful week, v

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Saw this and thought of you for some reason, lol. Thanks for not calling me dude anymore.

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EUREKA! i've finally found the word we've been looking for! lol have a wonderful week, v

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