Monthly Archives: March 2011

I’ve committed to stop smiling

The advancement of electronic communication beyond talking on the phone has ultimately led to a new language.  As it evolves, the language becomes increasingly truncated, not only creating new words but crimping existing ones to a single letter or inventing a whole vocabulary simply based on acronyms, usually the first letter of the words in… Read more »

Considering celebrity

One of the staples of these large conventions is the bringing in of guests.  These range from the relatively obscure to the wildly popular.  The basic law of economics operates efficiently in these situations:  The most in demand “stars” charge high prices for either photo ops or autographs; the most in demand artists charge high… Read more »

Mega memories

Today will be a two-post day, to catch up for missing Monday.  A little support network with my friend and her 6-week old took out a big chunk of the day.  I discovered he likes sucking on my pinky more than his pacifier.  It’s always nice to find new ways to make kids happy. Speaking… Read more »

Buttons and Socks

There is a perfidiousness in this world.  An unnatural, unholy condition which bedevils sage and idiot alike.  So dire is this nefariousness that it manifests itself more than just in a singular occurrence.  This insidious evil has a name.  Be afeared, now, as you read it, for surely will you feel the chill of terrified… Read more »

Above the weather

It’s a beautiful day in sunny South Florida with a rising sun and temperature leading to rising spirits and energy. One of the more popular features in my last newsletter was a section I called “Out on a limb”.  It was devoted to common catch-phrases and their origins (such as the feature title).  In that… Read more »

Excuse me while I whine

Last week, I had to visit the doctor for an ailing foot.  We weren’t able to decide the causality of the problem, but the working theory is that something got into my shoe during tennis and I proceeded to pound it into my foot over the next several hours. Small digression.  It’s good that most… Read more »

We don’t get many like that

I had a doctor’s appointment this Friday that I wanted to reschedule.  I like to wait until mid-morning before I call professional offices to allow them time to get organized and started on the day. The woman on the phone said the next nearest day was two weeks from now, which was fine with me. … Read more »

Have a niece day

Enjoying kids as much as I do and not having any of my own doesn’t create as many problems as you might think. I have plenty of “nephews” and “nieces” from a variety of friends, where I am most often given the “Uncle Jeffrey” treatment.  But I only have two authentic nieces. As most parents… Read more »

Barracuda shoulda woulda

“Fish Week” is drawing to a close, but I couldn’t allow the entire week to pass without telling the tales of the battles between man and fish…where the fish wins.  Two of our stories revolve around the titular hunter of the not-so-deep, the speedy and sleek barracuda. You are my sunshine It was on one… Read more »

Disaster at sea

You don’t grow up in Florida and not spend a good amount of time in a boat. Okay, I guess you could grow up and not do that, but you would miss a big part of the fun of living on a peninsula. I have had many adventures on the water and a fair share… Read more »