About rolandlytle


I'm retired. I served my country until they made me go home. I was an Associate Professor and tried to teach young people not only about their subject, but about life as a whole. I have the most marvelous wife in the world, Liz (LizLytle) here on Stories Space. We have been together through the good times and the bad times for more than 39 wonderful years. I have two sons that anyone would be proud of, two daughter-in-laws that are really just my daughters, and 5 bright stars for all of our futures, my grand children. (two girls and three boys) I hereby declare myself one of the luckiest men ever born!

Roland Lytle
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Chicago area, Illinois, United States
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13 Apr 2021 11:32
People. In the long run that is all that matters. I'm looking for any proof that this is not a dream.
Favorite Books:
Favorite Authors:
Liz Lytle and Rebs
Favorite Movies:
Being There, A Man From Earth, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Buckaroo Banzai, Serenity (and especially Firefly the TV series), Wizards, In the Loop, Perfect Pitch (loved the music and the cup song)
Favourite TV Shows:
The Daily Show was. Sure miss my guy, Jon Stewart. SNL especially the SNL News.
Favorite Music:
Peter, Paul & Mary, Iron Maiden, Simon & Garfunkel, Dead Kennedys, Satchmo


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14 Jan 2013
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Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 19:28


Topic: Would you rather?
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 19:26

Shower please

WYR cuddle a teddy bear or Anna baby dragon? ;p

A baby dragon!

Sweet Potato or Green Beans

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 19:17

Good evening my friends,

I will have some mint tea today.

Yesterday's visit and dinner with my oldest offspring and his wife was great.

Scott, you should try golf. It was my favorite sport that I sucked at. It is one of the only sports that has an advantage for being bad. You get to hit the ball more times. If my friend and I played 18 and I shot 100 compared to their 85, we paid the same price, but I got 15 more swings. That is great!

Do not worry about the Nationals. They have a good team. They are just short-handed because they screwed up their Covid-19 protocols.

Topic: Today's Thought or Message
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 14:53

https://upload.storiesspace.com/524325421-Covid Puzzle.jpg

Perfect for a lonely date during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Topic: What is on your mind?
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 14:37

Today I watched a story on Vox YouTube concerning how, even after all the post-apartheid changes, little has actually changed about segregation and economic opportunities in South Africa. After further research online, including information and statistics from the South African government, it seems that very little has changed in practical terms. It has only been a little more than half a century since the last 'Jim Crow' racist laws were overturned in the US, and race relations are much better but still are far from perfect. It seems that it will take several generations in South Africa to have meaningful reforms, but I hope they are on the right path. Growing up during the later years of the Civil Rights era has made me appreciate the great strides we have made in America and how much work still remains.

Looking at South Africa's situation has given me a chance to evaluate our progress, usually two steps forward and then one step back, in the US.

Topic: HAIKU for You?
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 14:05

Thank you, Bill! Your postings of submission opportunities are always welcome. I assume that the Haiku form they are looking for is based on syllables and not kireji.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 13:23

Hi everyone!

I am spending today at my oldest son's house. We are going out to dinner, my first night out in more than a year, when his wife gets home. It feels so good to be able to do this since now I am vaccinated.

Cubs got crushed yesterday 8-2 by the Pirates, the weakest team in the majors. BTW Larry, Musgrove was not a mediocre pitcher, he was brought up to the majors earlier than he should have and pitched for a weak team. He has always been considered a true prospect. It is really nice to see him blooming into the pitcher he is capable of being. I hope he continues to do well throughout the season.

Green tea, hot, for me. No cookies, I have put on about 10 pounds this month.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Apr 2021 18:10

Well, I am back. What, no one noticed?! Your vacation from my nonsense is over until it happens again, and it will.

Roland's mind went on vacation for about a week, and it has taken a few days to recover. The LBD is in its late fourth stage and slipping into early 5th stage of the disease. I can not complain. I was initially diagnosed to enter the seventh stage in 2017, which usually ends with death in 6-9 months. I am literally living on borrowed time and loving it. Days of not really existing will become more common and last longer from now on. I went almost a month with only minor lapses, and that is unusual. BTW, the week of bad time may have started because I got dehydrated. How could that happen? I was drinking lots of tea here in the breakroom.

I have been watching many baseball games, but only the last three days are in my memory. I did go back and watch the highlights. Some great stuff like watching the excellent fielding centerfielder for the White Sox misjudge a fly ball, and the ball bounced off his head into rightfield for a three-base error. It is too early to worry about your teams' records. I do not start paying serious attention until the end of April. Too bad the Washington Senators missed several games and have had to start the season without many of their best players due to Covid-19 concerns. I was looking forward to seeing if Schwarber could step up to the next level with Washington. If he does, he becomes one of the best offensive players in baseball.

I have a significant backlog of stories to catch up with my reading; I will be starting tomorrow.

Political joke: What do you call the 50% of white Republicans who say they will not take the Covid-19 vaccine? Evolution in motion.

Till tomorrow stay healthy and happy, my friends.

P.S. My wife and I are going to watch 'Godzilla vs. Kong' next week.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 27 Mar 2021 13:21

Hi all. hello2

A note for those of you from my generation, Beverly Cleary, a contemporary of Dr. Seuss, passed away Thursday. She wrote many children and teen books, including the 'Henry Huggins' series, several books based on the 'Leave it to Beaver TV show, and my favorite 'Fifteen.' I grew up learning to read with her. She will be missed.

Till later, my friends.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Mar 2021 23:56

I'm getting pretty excited myself about opening day. Juan Soto. Just sayin'. The Nats don't always reach their potential but every year it a new start and new beginning. With fervent hope. hello2

That is what makes baseball so great. The nature of the sport (injuries, trades, inconsistent players through a daily grind of 162 games in approximately 185 days) makes it possible for almost any team to make the play-offs.
By the end of spring training, most players do believe their team could come out on top. Here are my predictions for 2021: {projected wins - projected wins are +/- 3}

NL East - 1st Mets {92}, 2nd Braves {91}, 3rd Nationals {84}, 4th Phillies {81}, 5th Marlins {70}
NL Central - 1st Cubs {88}, 2nd Cardinals {86}, 3rd Reds {83}, 4th Brewers {82}, 5th Pirates {58}
NL West - 1st Dodgers {102}, Padres (92}, 3rd Diamondbacks {76}, 4th Giants {73}, 5th Rockies {63}

AL East - 1st Yankees {95}, 2nd Blue Jays {87} and Rays {87}, 4th Red Sox {79}, 5th Orioles {64}
AL Central - 1st White Sox {91}, 2nd Twins {88}, 3rd Indians {79}, 4th Royals {73}, 5th Tigers {66}
AL West - 1st Athletics {88}, 2nd Astros {87}, 3rd Angels {85}, 4th Mariners {74}, 5th Rangers {66}

Cubs beat the White Sox in 6 games during the World Series! (that is the Cubbie in me speaking, in reality, the White Sox will beat the Dodgers in the World Series)

My gosh... I am such a baseball geek.

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