Short Cummings Audio

by Kevin Cummings · · · · 5 subscribers

Life in six-minute slices. Every episode features a new funny story. Think Erma Bombeck with a PC, Dave Barry with recording software or Garrison Keillor with a microphone... Oh, wait. Strike that last one. If you enjoy clean humor and a slightly skewed perspective on family life (I have two teenage sons...of course my life is skewed-up) please give this show a listen.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The twentieth century had more than it’s share of dubious “innovations”; atomic weapons, the wonder bra and (of course) new Coke. The worst of the bunch, though, has to be twenty-four-seven wall-to-wall news coverage. In the early days of television — when most of the sets were still pedal-powered …
138 #138 Feature Rich Jan. 31, 2009
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The origins of defense contracting are shrouded in the mists of history — or at least cloaked by the Official Secrets Act. I’ll bet, though, that the original defense contractors were the guys who came up with the Swiss Army knife. Really. The Swiss Army knife inconveniently combines unrelated …
137 #137 The Phases of My Sons Jan. 24, 2009
For on-going, ever-changing, cheap home entertainment, nothing beats having children. Well, not cheap exactly. If you’re planning to have a child, you’d best be prepared to pay medical costs, daycare, the cover prices for a vast array of comprehensive parenting manuals which contain mutually-contradictory advice, pre-school testing fees, school enrollment …
136 #136 Mr. Lucky! Jan. 17, 2009
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and I blame Mother Nature. She’s decided that she doesn’t want anyone living in my part of the country any more, so she’s taken a page from the Slum Lord play book and is trying to run us all out by making …
135 #135 Hazardous Duty Jan. 10, 2009
When it comes to selecting a tough and dangerous occupation, there are plenty to choose from; snow plow driver in Alaska, nuclear plant safety inspector, and the salesclerk in charge of convincing size twenty-four women that a size eight dress won’t stretch that much no matter how long they hold …
In terms of sheer tonnage, the United States it the world’s leading producer of weapons-grade bureaucracy. Nothing officially happens in this country until it’s been recorded on a complicated and mysteriously-named form, approved, counter-signed, and carried to its final resting place in a dusty filing cabinet. It’s not our fault, …
133 #133 Small Projects Dec. 27, 2008
My wife met me at the door when I came home and said, “Guess what came in the mail today?” After more than two decades of marriage I know better than to give her a straight answer to a question like that. So I said, “I don’t know. My commitment …
I like to think of myself as an easy-going guy; relaxed, laid-back, and fun to be around. I’d actually be like that if I just didn’t have to deal with other people. Some people have bad joints that flare up in rainy weather. Others have sciatica that troubles them when …
131 #131 That’s No Excuse Dec. 13, 2008
There was a time in this country when having an MBA meant something. It was the symbol of an accomplished business leader, a mark of distinction, a sign that said, “this person was willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars and hours in pursuit of a piece of parchment.” …
130 #130 Countdown to Christmas Dec. 6, 2008
December 1 — It snowed today; first flakes of the season. Everything is blanketed in white and the whole world is magical. Even the simple act of shoveling brought a smile to my face and reminded me that Christmas is just around the corner. I think a quiet dinner party …
129 #129 Technically Competent Nov. 29, 2008
Being good with technology is like being the guy who owns a pickup truck; everybody wants to be your best friend when thereâs heavy lifting to be done. Face it, the question “Can you help me move?” is substantially the same as “Can you get my internet working?” The only …