Category: Lifestyle and Opinion

What's Up with Mars?

What's Up with Mars?
Mars is hot. Figuratively and literally. Mars seems to be the planet of choice (POC) for rich guys like Elon Musk, who insists he is going to go there, for Hollywood that has made a growing number of films about the red ball, and for ordinary people. Why? When I was in fifth grade I... Read more »

People Watching the One Inch People

People used to “People Watch” way back in the 20th Century.  It’s different in the 21st Century. You’d read some article and somebody would say, “I was just sitting there, people watching. Last week  I was forced to “people watch.”  I was sitting in a food court at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and jammed into a space... Read more »

Endless Circles in Roundabout Hell

Endless Circles in Roundabout Hell
I recently returned from the roundabout capital of the US, Carmel, Indiana, a well-off suburb of Indianapolis that decided sometime back in the late 1990’s that its goal is not to  have a single stoplight in the town of approximately 95,000.  Every town has to have a goal, I guess. That  goal would never do for... Read more »
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How do you see yourself? How does it make you act?

How do you see yourself?  How does it make you act?
We all put our pants on one leg at a time, so the saying goes. Then we go about our daily routines.  Taken on the mean, we all do essentially the same things each day. The occupational pursuits may be different, but the basics are the same: we drink; we eat; we eliminate; we sleep. When... Read more »

Do you care about your lawn?

Do you care about your lawn?
It’s out there as I write. It is beckoning for me to go out to do something with it. hissing at me. I refuse. I will not let my lawn be the boss of me. My lawn is small.  It takes about fifteen minutes to cut it.  I rarely edge it.  My lawn is not... Read more »

1-900-ANY-LEFT?

1-900-ANY-LEFT?
My fat finger slipped the other day and hit a “9” instead of “8”, and I got the familiar voice telling me the number I stupidly dialed is not in service, hear me stupid? When I looked down at my phone pad I saw that I had dialed “1-900”, which immediately froze me in thought... Read more »
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It's time to retire Mr. Coffee and its clones

It's time to retire Mr. Coffee and its clones
It arrived yesterday, out of the past.  My circa 1975 percolator.   I speculated on the Amazon reviews and questions last post. When I ordered it from Amazon because I couldn’t find it in  any local stores or even at Good Will or the Salvation Army, it had 302 “answered questions” and over 3000 reviews.... Read more »

Eulgy on Rob Sherman: to an atheist dying young

Eulgy on Rob Sherman: to an atheist dying young
A few weeks ago I saw Rob Sherman’s congressional campaign bus  in front of a locally-owned fast food place. Rob Sherman, was a long time atheist activist who was killed in a small plane crash on Friday.  His plane, a kit, had apparently been down a few hours in a farmer’s field near Mc Henry,... Read more »

5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season

5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season
You can see them if you pay close attention.  They are the Creche Hunters. They are among us, standing next to us in line at the store, sitting in the Chevy Volt next to you at the traffic light and maybe even next to you at your favorite watering hole; you cannot see them immediately,... Read more »
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How My Heart Got Unlocked

“Man, what kind of person are you?” I’ve never forgotten those words. I was fifteen, working underage at Montgomery Wards at the Evergreen Plaza; it was just after closing time, and I wanted to get out and home. Suddenly, a middle-aged man came rushing into the Hardware Department, where I was closing out the register.... Read more »