Sonic Tickles

We were at the dentist the other day, and the technician gushed about how awesome sonic toothbrushes were for kids with braces, and everyone else in the universe, and how we would be crazy not to own some ourselves. Just angle it 45 degrees at the gum lines and the plaque disappears like turkey dinner in my house.

So I bought some.

It was only $20 for mine, and my son’s upgraded model was $30 with online coupons, courtesy of that online behemoth commonly known as Amazon.

I was eager to test this puppy out, but I had to wait through a twenty-four hour charging period. And, I’m a rule follower, so I didn’t cheat. A full day after arrival, I dampened the bristles and put my pea-sized dollop of toothpaste on the brush and put it in my mouth. Hit the button.

The whirring and vibrating began in earnest. What a strange feeling! Not bad, but different. Oh, man, and then the little bristles glanced off of my lip.

It was the craziest tickling sensation. Have any of you out there felt it? Experienced it? It’s been three days, and I guess I am getting used to it, but I’m not sure. It’s so weird. So weird.

My teeth feel polished and clean, though. Which was the point. So if my teeth are healthier, I guess I can deal with the strange tickling sensation.

I posted a link to the toothbrush I bought below, if you’d like to check it out. Pretty cool. Very cheap. Take note … replacement heads are needed every few months.

As always … happy reading & keep a good book handy!
Bart

Always Tired

This is for all you parents out there who have had one of your kids come to you at 9:30pm and tell you they have homework due the next day.

You have no realistic choice except to stay up and make sure they get it done. Some lecturing is fine, if desired. You know, the standard, “you should have done this earlier” type speech.

Maybe you have five or six hours of sleep, maximum, which is possible after that last-minute flurry of homework helping.

But it’s cool. In the end, it’s just darn great to be a parent and have amazing kids.

Hope you all have your hands wrapped around a good book – happy reading,

Bart

Dad Stories, New Release, and Deals

Procrastinators unite … tomorrow!

Readers of the world, however, unite today. I just finished up another newsletter in which I share some stories of fatherhood, and some sales ongoing. I’d love for you to check it out and share some of your own dad tales.

CLICK HERE FOR NEWSLETTER

or click the cover of CIRCUS below.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Bart

Circus: A Quartet of Shorts

Hello, World!

I’ve got a new batch of short stories available on Amazon. Click on the book to check it out. They’re short, but fun, IMO.

Hope you are all staying safe in this season of horrible weather.

As always, be safe, and keep a book handy!

-Bart

Free Short Story: TOTAL ECLIPSE

Hello Readers,

In a burst of ECLIPSE fueled inspiration, I carved out a short story about a guy named Barry who is less than enthusiastic about the eclipse. Maybe for good reason. Email me (bart@barthopkins.com) and I will shoot you a copy for your Kindle … FREE!

Many thanks for stopping by and trying out Total Eclipse! And, as always, keep a good book nearby … and happy reading!

– Bart

Fluke is spreading its wings

Howdy … just a quickie to mention that Fluke is now available across multiple platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/bMGKJ7

David Elliott and I wrote Fluke during our deployments to Bosnia, at the turn of the century. It’s the first major piece of writing I finished and it will always be special to me for that reason. Otherwise, it’s a pretty quirky read. People generally love it or hate it, as cliche as that is.

Hope you all have a good book nearby!

Bart

Recovering From The Move

So, we recently moved to Texas, and it’s awesome to be back. I was born here and I’ve (almost) always enjoyed the people and climate.

For nearly 23 years I’ve rolled around to wherever Mother Air Force sent me, so it’s interesting making all the decisions that make up the foundation of my life. Or, maybe I should say executing the decisions of my better half, ha! Either way, we’re calling the shots now, and it’s weird. I choose what I wear every, single day of the week.

The food in Texas is amazing, too. God bless Tex Mex. Delicious! I cannot get enough. And this guy believes that brisket is the backbone of the bbq world. Pulled pork is good, but nothing beats some moist brisket.

But the move was brutal in many ways, and we are still sort of moving, all the chores and tasks involved. I think we’re starting to see the light, though.

Otherwise, I’ll try to be more active on this blog again and bestow upon you all my whimsical ramblings. I sincerely hope you are all neck-deep in a good book.

Until we talk again,
Bart

Hurt

I rarely play their music these days, but in the 90s, I listened to Nine Inch Nails. One day a friend of mine blared “Down In It” through the stereo in his house, and I was an instant fan.

I picked up a copy of The Downward Spiral when it came out. I liked almost every song, including this track called “Hurt,” which was a favorite from that album.

Entering the new century, I sort of lost touch with NIN. My tastes changed and all that. I forgot about “Hurt.” For whatever reason, when I reach back to old music now, the 80s tunes are my mainstay.

Then the other day my daughter and I are watching something and we see a trailer for the movie Logan. Johnny Cash was singing “Hurt,” which sounded amazing, but I was a little confused. Did Cash write the song first, and NIN perform it as a cover? That assumption was based off of Johnny Cash’s age and his being a legend, of sorts. Not to discount Reznor’s accomplishments, but you know … it’s Johnny Cash.

(Check out Cash’s video here)

I was surprised when I went to the reference section in the public library, researched it, and discovered that Cash was the one that covered a NIN’s song. Which is pretty darn cool, IMO.

Okay, I lied. I didn’t go to the library. I Googled that information. Who does research at the library? That’s so 1985.

Anyway, getting back on track … I love the Cash version of this song. It’s amazing. Usually I like the original better than the remake, but not this time.

Not this time.

And, as it turns out, Trent Reznor agrees (from Alternative Press): “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.”

Pretty cool.

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