Monday, July 14, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Question of the Day

Goooooooooooooooooal!

Are you watching the World Cup?

Miami, being the cultural melting pot of people from places where soccer is a national obsession and team spirit is strong, is awash with people wearing team colors and cars with national flags flying from antennas in support of their team.  Everywhere you go — restaurants, barber shops, any place with cable TV — the games are on, so it’s unavoidable.  But I’m not going out of my way to watch it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gas Price Survey/Question of the Day

Haven’t done this for a while, and with the summer driving season upon us, I’d be interested to know what gas is going for in your part of the world.

This morning I paid $3.59 at the Marathon on the corner of SW 168th Street and Old Cutler Road in suburban Miami.  On the way in to the office I saw it going for $3.69 at a station on US 1, and yesterday morning a Chevron in South Miami had regular for $3.95.  That station seems to be the highest priced place in town; it is always forty to fifty cents higher than every other station in the vicinity.  But there are always cars at the pumps, so it must not bother either the buyer or the seller.

Speaking of driving, I might as well turn this into a Question of the Day, too:

What are you currently driving… if you drive?

Me: a 2007 Mustang convertible, and a 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari station wagon on weekends or to car shows.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Question of the Day

From the Faithful Correspondent:

Where do you read?

I do a lot of it here at the computer, but second place is the chair in the living room where I read the Sunday paper and magazines.  Third is in bed, but I can only read a page or two before Morpheus takes over.  After that is the patio when the weather is nice and the sun isn’t too brutal.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Question of the Day

With the Academy Awards coming up…

What film did you love when you first saw it but has since lost its appeal when you see it again?

TCM showed The Paper Chase from 1973 last weekend.  It starred Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman in his Oscar-winning role as Professor Kingsfield.  I remember being enamored of its great writing and cinematography, but now it seems thin, trite, riddled with plot holes, and other than Mr. Houseman, the acting was phoned in.  I don’t think it’s just me being 41 years older; a lot of films from that era hold up really well.

PS [Spoiler Alert]: What the hell is Susan Fields (Lindsay Wagner) doing driving a Chevrolet Vega wagon?  The daughter of a Harvard professor would have a Volvo.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Question of the Day

Via Julie after seeing a photo of my grandmother posted on my Facebook page to honor her 111th birthdate:

What is the oldest photograph you have?

I don’t have the original, but I think the oldest one I have a copy of is of my great-grandmother on my father’s side.

Althea Drumm WilliamsI have no idea when it was taken, but it had to be sometime in the 1870′s.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Question of the Day

Courtesy of the Faithful Correspondent:

How do you start your day?

If we’re talking breakfast — and I think we are — it’s a glass of grapefruit juice and a cup of coffee at home while I blog.  When I get to work, the building’s cafeteria is next door and the prices are really low: I can get a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast for $2.50, and a bowl of oatmeal for under a buck.  Sometimes I splurge and get pancakes and sausage.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

An anonymous Southern Republican congressman on GOP resistance to immigration reform:

Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial.  If you go to town halls people say things like, “These people have different cultural customs than we do.” And that’s code for race.

Gee, ya think?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Question of the Day

Via Julie:

Being a good citizen means recycling, energy conservation, and environmental protection.  Are you doing a good job and can you improve on it?

I do what I can: I recycle carefully (meaning I don’t toss just anything in the recycle bin); I’ve replaced all the light bulbs with CFL’s and know how to dispose of the used ones properly; I have a programmable thermostat that keeps the A/C usage to a minimum, and I finally got the oil leaks in the Pontiac fixed.

At the office the main printer is set to print on both sides of the paper and we are trying to reduce the amount of paper by going to electronic document storage.  All of our computers now have flat screens, and they automatically shut down overnight if they’re left on.

Yes, I think we can improve on all of it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Question of the Day

Following up on yesterday’s…

What do you say when someone else sneezes?

Some folks say “God bless you” or “bless you,” harking back to the superstition that the sneeze has momentarily made one vulnerable to an invasion of evil spirits.

I use “Gesundheit,” which means “health” in German and comes from the belief that a sneeze is a precursor to a cold or illness and as if saying it will have some prophylactic effect.  Medical science has yet to prove its efficacy.