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Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Mayan Calendar thing

I was told by a Mayan in Cozumel, Mexico that, sure the Mayan calendar would end this year, but in the same sense that our regular calendars festooned with photos of wildlife, scantily clad firemen, bikini models or classic cars end every year until we hang another one on the old calendar nail. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The job numbers

More jobs reportedly were created but the unemployment percentage stayed the same. Someone didn’t do their homework and account for seasonal layoffs, particularly in areas where roads are shut down to truck traffic as they thaw out and become soft. Higher gas prices may be causing more layoffs as... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Where do we write from?

When I was working, a lot of thoughts sprung into my head and propagated throughout the day. Things people would day, things I would misinterpret or misunderstand and situations and reactions that swirled around me during the workday. I always wondered if I were a writer, insulated in a room by... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A helpful winter driving tip

Traction control is touted as a great thing, but I’m not convinced. It doesn’t keep the car from plowing forward when you are trying to make a turn at low speeds. Then, when you need power to push through fresh snow accumulations, particularly the wet variety, it is too aggressive and kills your... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why sports?

Why do some of us insist on posting to the sports section when obviously, there is a very limited readership there? Indeed, the deeper question is why are there sports at all? It must be genetic, this desire to compete. Taken to extremes, it manifests itself as war. In a controlled environment, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The debatable debates

Unless one is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, the Republican debates have been largely a waste of time. I saw very few issues discussed. The rhetoric usually devolved into something like this: Did not! Did too! Nuh Uh! I’m rubber, you’re glue! Neener, neener, neener! This amazing repartee was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lady and the Scamp

Honda has been taken to small claims court over mileage claims. A lot of folks are touting this “David and Goliath” case as a great thing. As a car guy I simply have to ask, “can’t she read?” The sticker on the car clearly states that “actual mileage will vary.” Is there anyone out there who really... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Will it be a Stupor Bowl?

Quick, more important, the snacks and drinks, ads or the game? For everyone but Patriots or Giants fans, it’s the snacks and ads hands down. Or should I say hand over fist. And if a full belly of chips and dip doesn’t start the eyelids drooping, those two dozen beers just might. Hint, that’s why I... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Writing on other websites

I have recently been trying out Yahoo Contributor Network, a site that at first blush seems more lucrative that certain other websites, I won’t mention names but I think you many know what I am talking about. One thing humans hate is change and this other website doesn’t work anything like our dear... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Newt on a hot tin roof

“Should a candidate’s private life be open for scrutiny?” asks an MSNBC poll. Over 77% of responders to the poll said yes. Especially in the case of Newt Gingrich who was leading the charge against Bill Clinton for his infidelities but now Newt decides these matters shouldn’t matter. I wouldn’t vote... Sign in to see full entry.

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