Kid stuck in vending machine, cat calls 911 and more – Rynski radio – UPDATE with playlist and download

One 2-year-old girl was so intent on getting what was inside a shopping mall vending machine that she crawled inside to get it.

Who's this cat calling?/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Too bad she couldn’t get back out.

That story and more are up this week on Rynski’s Shattered Reality radio show on and FM 94.9 in Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Next show is Wednesday, Dec. 15 (today!) and every Wednesday online at Showtime is 1 p.m. in Arizona, 3 p.m. EST.

Party 934 is a radio alternative for listeners sick of stations that play one song followed by 500 commercials.

Songs that mention NUMBERS are this week’s theme, and we’ve a host of songs that should be at the top five of any list.

Thanks! to all who keep the song requests coming.

What: Rynski’s Shattered Reality Internet radio show
When: Every Wednesday for one hour
Time: 1 p.m. in Arizona, 3 p.m. EST
Where: and FM 94.9 in Hudson Valley


Missed the show? CLICK HERE to download

Playlist for Rynski’s Shattered Reality 12/15:

Theme: Numbers, part 1 of 2

The Doors – Five to One (Bobo in AZ)

Pixies – No. 13 (Meagan in NY)

Jimi Hendrix – If 6 was 9 (Benn in WA)

Schoolhouse Rock Soundtrack – Three is a Magic Number (Roberta in NY)

1910 Fruitgum Company – 123 Red Light (Heckofit)

Jethro Tull – Hymn 43 (Radmax in AZ)

‎Alanis Morrisette – 21 Things I want In A Lover (Cerise in AZ)

The Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown (Deb in AZ)

Mott the Hoople – One of the Boys (Alan in Kent, WA)

Die Flippers – Polka (Polka always for parents)

Razzy Bailey – 9,999,999 Tears (Frank in AZ)

The Tragically Hip – Fifty-Mission Cap (Beezel)

Beatles – When I’m 64 (Carol in Arizona)

Bobby Bare – 500 Miles from Home

What do you think?

Where’s the worst place you’ve ever been stuck?

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Wildlife abuse at its most obscene: Nine dead does, fawns slaughtered in Arizona ‘thrill kill’ – matches Troy Gentry’s slaying of tame bear Cubby

As if a headless javelina found hanging from a tree and a duct taped coyote discarded not far from the border weren’t enough evidence of some fine folks in parts of Arizona, we think we found one that is.

Random skull shot/Rynski file photo

Nine mule deer does and fawns were found slaughtered in the Bonita area north of Willcox, according to a news release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish surmise the killings took place somewhere between Dec. 3 and 8.

The dead does and fawns were so badly mangled that officials could not determine how they had been killed. The best guess is they were either run over by a vehicle or shot, either way left to rot in a field full of chilies.


That means these particular fine folks either had a very big truck – quite likely complete with mammoth tires and naked lady mud flaps – or a very accurate gun. Or both. Actually, we’re not sure how accurate a shot you’d need to be to gun down a group of gentle deer and their offspring that were probably busy trying to run for their lives.

What’s with some people and their hatred of defenseless animals?

This type of disregard gentle things, or life in general, brings to mind that sporty practice going on with buffalo. People pay big bucks to act as big hunters to go shoot down tame wildlife, like a field full of buffalo.

Their shots on the benign beasts are often taken from mere yards away.

County singer Troy Gentry was caught bloody handed in a similar “hunting” incident, where Gentry killed a bear named Cubby.

Cubby was a tame bear, owned by Lee Marvin Greenly, who let Cubby be killed off at close range by Gentry because the price was right. Greenly, who happens to have a criminal record pocked with felonies, perhaps thought incoming cash was more lucrative than shelling out money to get Cubby his needed dental work.

Ferocious hunter Gentry not only killed the gentle giant at close range with a bow and arrow while Cubby was in an electrified fence enclosure at Greenly’s Minnesota Wildlife Connection acreage, but he starred in a video in which he tried to pass off the cruel slaughter as a real life hunting adventure out in the wilderness.

Thanks to the animal activist group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, the truth came out – but to what end?

Gentry’s punishment was a $15,000 fine. Oh, and he had to relinquish his bow and the carcass of Cubby he had stuffed.

The public exposure resulted in Gentry issuing a lame apology that only mentioned how sorry he was for breaking the law, not slaughtering a trusting animal.

We have to wonder if such a slap on the wrist will do anything to deter needless thrill kills in the future.

And Cubby’s still dead, tame buffalo still bleed and the deer were still left rotting in a field full of chilies.

A bit of irony comes in as the final kicker. The amount Gentry paid to murder Cubby was $4,650 – about the amount as the $4,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and capture of the fine folks who killed off the nine Arizona deer.

See two videos of Gentry released by SHARK: Click here for part 1; Click here for part 2.


Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist, performer and poet who doesn’t trust people who don’t like animals. Her column appears every Friday on Rynski’s Blogski. See more writing and art from RYNdustries at, and

What do you think?

Is there any way to better protect wild animals from senseless slaughter?

Do you know people who run over dogs for the heck of it?

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No radio show this week: The computer ate my homework

Due to a nasty computer virus that manifests itself as a file called Win HDD, there will be no radio show this week.

The Win HDD virus kind of looks like this nasty fish/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Boo hiss.

Rynski’s Shattered Reality radio show will return next Wednesday, Dec. 15, at its usual slot of 1 p.m. in Arizona/3 p.m. EST on Party934.

The demonic Win HDD did more than eat my homework, actually, but ate my entire system, freezing it into a useless hunk of hardware.

For some mysterious reason, this virus lets only one thing function on any computer it seizes: a window that opens up to a payment page. Here you are asked to blindly enter your name, credit card number and other vital information to purchase an equally mysterious program that promises to fix your computer for only $79.95.

My solution was transferring the infected computer into a foot rest and getting  a new one that still needs the proper pass codes, settings and microphone adjustments before I can go back on the air.

As it stands, my microphone sounds like I’m talking out of a tin can.

On that note, please tune in next week for the next installment of Rynski’s Shattered Reality.

NUMBERS is still our musical theme, and we’ve got a numerous numerical requests that add up to a great selection.

Until then, be strong, be cool – and don’t pay $79.95 to a virus payment page.

What do you think?

What nasty computer viruses have you encountered?

Did you turn your computer into a foot rest?

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Rynski moving on-ski: Tucson writer and Gannett staffer leaving website

This post originally appeared on Rynski’s Blogski at until it was deleted by Administrator Mark Evans shortly after being posted Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Please note: I will not be blogging with the Citizen until Dec. 30 as originally planned but rather Evans accepted my resignation “effective immediately.”

One Way: Out/Ryn Gargulinski

It is with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I am officially leaving, with my last scheduled day of work Dec. 30.

This will the case, of course, provided the resignation letter I sent to site Administrator Mark Evans does not prompt him to shuttle me out of there sooner.

I will not get into all the gory details of my letter except to say Evans and I disagreed on philosophy.

His philosophy was I should be a full-time site administraor, rather than continue as a writer, artist and content creator. His plan was to go into effect Jan. 1.

Sure, I could still blog, he said, on my own time after the 40 hours of administrative duties were complete. That is, he added, if I still had the desire to write anything.

I always have the desire to write – it bubbles in my blood. And I will continue to fuel, feed and meet that desire – just not with

The fact remains I have worked very hard on the site for the past 18 months and suddenly I was expected to put aside everything I have worked hard to achieve, things that helped Evans prosper since the site went live in May 2009.

I just couldn’t do it.

When Gannett hired me on to help keep the site going after the print edition of Tucson Citizen folded, Gannett envisioned my foremost duties as writing and creating content. Secondary duties were to be helping with the concept and execution of the site as well as some administrative duties.

Obviously that was going to change under Evans’ supervision.

My past achievements as a staff writer and content creator apparently did not matter to him. Since I started with Gannett in January 2007, a few of my accomplishments include:

  • Winning several awards, including the Don Schellie Award for best feature column in Arizona
  • Creating dozens of articles and columns for the newspaper and more than 1,000 posts for the site, including being the sole content creator for some time after the transition.
  • Creating and producing my own videos, photos and artwork.
  • Attracting a loyal following who enjoy my fresh perspective and often quirky point of view.
  • Remaining one of the top-read blogs on the site, bringing in nearly 29,000 page views with Rynski’s Blogski for November alone, with more than an additional 15,000 views from my other three blogs.

NOTE: This list is not meant as bragging material, but rather as a list of recent accomplishments I presented to Evans.

In retrospect, I have come to the conclusion that my gifts are mine and I intend to grow with them. I will not become a secretary for the site.

My passion is still writing and being creative, and if those things are so insignificant to the administrator that he can do without a loyal employee, I just don’t see any future here.

That’s where the mixture of excitement and sadness comes in. The Tucson Citizen newspaper was a great place to work and a publication of which I was proud to be a part.

Some of the most wonderful – and zaniest – people I’ve met in Tucson were on that staff.

I am sad for the demise of the Citizen.

On the excitement end, I am eager to see what’s next in my creative career.

I’ve been applying to newspaper, radio and other writing and journalism jobs where I know I can thrive. Jobs that will appreciate a prolific writer with an array of other skills that include video, photo, illustrations, radio – things substantially more fulfilling than clicking a mouse all day.

My freelance work is enough to keep me afloat. I am also in the middle of penning a book on my early days in New York City, and yes, I also have RYNdustries’ kooky artwork that people buy from time to time.

Although, after Dec. 30, I will not be producing any new blog content for, I set up a new blog at:

New content coming in January.

While I won’t be able to blog daily, at least not initially, I intend to create at least two posts each week: my Friday column and my Wednesday radio show announcement, playlist and download.

In the meantime, you can:

  • Pat yourselves on the back for being so wonderful.

I am so grateful for all you readers – your support, input, friendships and other connections we’ve made during my time at the Citizen.

And I would love to keep you in my life.

What do you think?

How far have you gone to follow your dreams?

Have you had a similar work experience? Please explain.


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Welcome, mes amis

This is the new site of Rynski’s Blogski, with new content coming in January.

Rat art/Ryn Gargulinski

I cannot write anything this instant as I am busy sending off my resignation letter to

Please come back soon.

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Old people get no respect: Targets of crime, discrimination, rudeness, hate – Ever wonder why?

The real fear of getting old is not having our skin sag, our joints ache or our teeth fall out – it’s the fear of being treated like crap.

Perhaps one man's take on society's rudeness/Thinkstock

Such has largely become the case for the older generation these days, with a litany of society’s rude behavior towards them to prove it.

Let’s start with the Facebook page entitled “I Hate Old People” – that’s right. It’s a page with more than 2,300 members and a captivating photo of an elderly woman giving viewers the bird.

The page description, along with a number of other online rants, complain about everything from old people hair nets to their aroma.

“Old people smell funny,” complained one of my friends who wished to remain anonymous.

“When I was a kid all the old people had their pants pulled up to their armpits, wore suspenders, and treated me like a slave,” he none too fondly recalls.

While my pal cannot explain what he has against suspenders, he does admit that he’s softened his view a bit after meeting a few older folks that he actually likes. We also have to wonder if his turning 54 years old had anything to do with it.

Others remain rude, crude and downright disrespectful to the elderly.

Lois Speelman, a 100-year-old Wal-Mart greeter in Milwaukee learned this firsthand when she was shoved to the ground by an irate shopper. All Speelman was trying to do was determine if the woman had paid for the items in the bottom of her cart.

The shove landed Speelman in the hospital but, although she was bruised she was not broken, and she was back at the Wal-Mart door in four days.

No further information was readily available on the incident but we can bet the shopper probably had not paid for those items in the bottom of her cart.

We can also bet the shopper did not give a dang that Speelman was 100 years old.

Cute old man always hanging around Brooklyn sidewalk/Ryn Gargulinski

In addition to pushes and shoves, older people make great crime targets.

A big, bad purse snatcher in Florida – a burly dude around age 30 – recently grabbed the purse of an 87-year-old woman so violently that she splattered to the sidewalk.

Her fall broke her arm and injured her face while big, bad, burly purse snatcher got away.

Being a crime target is just one of the woes suffered by older folks. They often lose their freedoms, with their houses exchanged for a retirement community cubicle. Their jobs are sometimes axed by penny-pinching employers or they face hardships getting hired at all.

Another one of my friends, a woman in her early 60s who also preferred not to be identified, is youthful, experienced and extremely talented. She secured a pretty good job a few years back, but noted the job hunt was not easy.

“It’s so much harder once you hit a certain age,” she noted. “A lot of employers just want to hire the young chickies.”

Her place of business, actually, is peppered with young-chickie types who spend most of their day snapping gum and yakking on the phone.

When hardworking, life-laboring, loyal yet older people get laid off, like one of my parents’ neighbors did, it can be more than just a hiccup in their careers – it can be the end of it.

Experienced workers deserve pay that matches their level of experience. It’s much easier and cheaper to go the young chickie route, even it means a workplace packed with yakky gum crackers.

And it’s much easier for some to hate and shun older folks rather than facing the true reason behind their hatred: their own brand of blind, narrow fear.

The fear that one day – goodness gracious – they may be one of them.


What do you think?

Is the older generation typically treated like crap or are the above examples anomalies?

Have you witnessed or experienced particularly rude or gracious behavior towards older folks? Please explain.

Do you hate suspenders?

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Same-sex marriage hassles include gifts: Problem solved with same-sex wedding Lucky Voodoo Doll couples

From “His” and “Hers” towel sets to “His” and “Hers” china cups that cost too much and no one uses, there is no dearth of wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

The happy groom and groom same-sex wedding Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

But when it comes to same-sex marriages, finding suitable presents for the groom and groom or the bride and bride can be a bit of a challenge.

Enter Same-Sex Marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls.

Before we proceed, we have to clear up that these are Lucky Voodoo Dolls, which means they only bring good things as long as you open your mind enough to enjoy them.

No black magic here. That stuff is way too scary.

The Lucky Voodoo Dolls are instead created with love and joy and blessed with the same – a perfect gift for the newlywed couple, as long as the couple, of course, has a sense of humor.*

While I’ve been making customized bride and groom Lucky Voodoo Dolls for several years – one even with a pregnant bride – the same-sex wedding doll idea was one of those eureka moments to fill a giant void in the wedding gift registry.

I’d like to say the idea came to me in a dream – but I’d be lying.

The idea instead came from an order across the country from a woman whose son and his partner enjoyed a civil ceremony in October.

Mom gave me a bit of insight into the two grooms: their passions, their favorite colors, their jobs, the fact that they both wore glasses.

Groom and groom same-sex marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

Voila – the happy couple was born.

Dolls measure approx. 12 inches high and created with recycled fabrics, gems, hardware parts and other items. Heads are lightweight Model Magic clay. Body frames from sticks lovingly culled from the Rillito River wash in Tucson. Sticks used to come from the yard of a Brooklyn church but I moved.

Now the problems of the world – or at least same sex marriage gifts – are solved. It would take more than a couple of Lucky Voodoo Dolls to solve the problems of the world.


Disclaimer: The author of this blog is also the artist who creates these dolls. So yes, this post is a blatant display of self-promotion. As a wise person once told me: If you don’t tell the world you exist, no one knows you’re there. That’s deep. Please e-mail for more info on things wise people said or Lucky Voodoo Dolls.

*Note on Lucky Voodoo Dolls: Dolls are fashioned with only good intentions and have even brought good fortune unless, like one woman, you hate the things. She made it perfectly clear she abhorred the dolls but thought her friend would like one as a gift. The woman’s bathroom ceiling crashed down when she brought the doll home to wrap it. Have a nice day.


Happy groom and groom same-sex marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

Traditional bride and groom Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

What do you think?

Have you had trouble finding same sex wedding gifts?

What did you end up with?

What are some other good gifts for same sex couples?

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