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Uncle Al's Geezer Salad: A Mixed Bag of Reports on Overlong Repair Projects, Smart Remarks from Dogs, and a Whole Lot of One Man's Decline Into Mental Cottage Cheese
by Al Sicherman
For close to twenty years, Al Sicherman wrote a hugely popular column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Here he offers an assortment of those delightfully entertaining reports: The solution to the mystery of underwear in the gutter; tales of household and automotive repairs gone horribly wrong; peculiar insights into the world of finance; observations on ?increasing geezeri ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Syren Book Company
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Uncle Al is hilarious! I read his columns in the Mpls. Star Tribune on and off over the years. This book contains some of his best. It needed a little copyediting, and the publisher ought to have included the dates for each (one can often tell by some of the references at least what era--late 80s, last couple of years, etc.--each is, but the actual date would have been nice), but otherwise a fun read.
Before blogging, there was Uncle Al Sicherman in the Minneapolis paper. Weekly, for 18 or so years, we were all enchanted by tales of lost funnels, car repairs, Little Debbie Nutty bars, dogs and daily life. I was saddened by the loss of his son Joe as a college freshman, having just learned I was pregnant with my first. It's been great to go back and laugh out loud, from a slightly older perspective, at Uncle Al's alarmingly normal life and descent, as he says "into mental cottage cheese". Ther ...more