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Luis, whether you're Brit or not, you have no wit whatsoever. Do you get insulted when you go to a stand up comedy show and the comedian pokes fun at anything? Do you not watch any late night TV shows because they will occasionally mock the way Queen Elizabeth talks? Again, if you bothered to read my blog at all (or my new one at WordPress:, you'd see that I often infuse my posts with tongue-in-cheek humor. I don't care how the English write or the side of the street on which they drive. But I was pointing out that the way the words in the bogus ad were spelled (e.g., "flavour") indicated that the author of the text was most likely British. Just chill man. I'm sure you have other, more important battles to bitch about.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2014 on Hoax or not: really bad taste at Mindful Digressions
Hello Luis. First, I suggest you read my reply to s. rogers' comment above. Second, consider that you Brits drive on the wrong side of the road and refer to your currency as if they are weights of some sort. That's just weird. What I do realize (or as many Brits seem to spell it, "realise") is that you will likely be equally offended with my response to your comment as you were to my post. I am curious if you made your observation that I am a "joke of a blogger" based upon reading only this one post of mine, or if you took the time to read anything I've posted besides this one post...even one other post...before making that judgment. Never mind, I really don't care. You have no sense of humor. Oh, sorry, I meant humour. And yes, I made that judgment about you based solely on this one comment you posted here. You should be able to relate to that.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2014 on Hoax or not: really bad taste at Mindful Digressions
Yes, Pete. I agree. Totally incomprehensible!
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2013 on Hoax or not: really bad taste at Mindful Digressions
On May 17, 2010, I wrote a post entitled, The inmates are running the asylum. In that post, I pointed out that “…in the world of politics, seeking moderation in any way, shape, or form is considered to be a cardinal sin by Republicans and conservatives.” Unfortunately, the inmates in the asylum known as Congress are, today, even crazier than they were three years ago. Is there no sanity at all remaining on Capitol Hill? Apparently not…at least not on the right side of the aisle. Has the GOP been so totally hijacked by its extremist Tea Party members that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
I ended my July 19th post about Major League Baseball’s All Star break with the following: “The All Star break and the second season have not been good to Red Sox fans over the past decade. But the Sox have staged a truly amazing turnaround from last year’s disastrous season, going from worst to first (so far). Maybe, just maybe, this year will be different and the momentum will continue in the second half. “Perchance to dream, right?” I’m delighted to say that my dreams have come true. Well, at least one of my dreams. On Friday night the Boston... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
In a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Carolyn Lochhead wrote that “Americans throw away 40 percent of the food they buy, often because of misleading expiration dates that have nothing to do with safety.” The reporter went on to reference a study published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which said that 90 percent of Americans toss good food into the garbage because they mistakenly think that “sell by,” “best before,” “use by,” or “packed on” dates on food containers indicate safety. One-fifth of consumers, the report said, “always” throw away food based on package dates. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Nearly a month has passed since my last posting, so I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers for my uncharacteristic absence. And since I’m probably my only loyal blog reader, I graciously accept my apology. A lot has been going on in my life since my wife, our dog, and I returned to the City by the Bay on August 20th. Frankly, I really haven’t had much time to think about blogging. It hasn’t been a top priority since we got back here and, personally, I’d rather not post anything if I don’t have the time to compose... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Thanks for your comment, Carl, but FWIW, according to the site, an acronym can include "an abbreviation (as FBI) formed from initial letters." And the second definition of acronym on reads, "a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like, with each letter pronounced separately." Based upon these sources, I am persuaded that it is not incorrect to suggest that ATM is an acronym for automated teller machine. But I do get your point that one could argue that an initialism is not the same as an acronym, but it could also be argued that an initialism is a subset of the definition of acronym.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, in the first six months of 2013, various states enacted 106 restrictive provisions related to women’s reproductive health and rights. Virtually all were sponsored by Republican controlled state legislatures and approved by Republican governors. This is nothing more than an insidious GOP effort to whittle away at Roe v. Wade one state at a time. In the guise of “states’ rights,” Texas and the other states that have enacted similar restrictions are doing their utmost to defeat Roe v. Wade without overturning it. They are passing laws that make it difficult, if not impossible, for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
It's also called Mindful Digressions and you can get there simply by clicking here. I’ll be posting from there from now on and I don’t want you to miss any of my words of wit, wisdom, and, well, other nonsense. See you there. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Now that we’ve sold our house in Worcester, my wife and I are starting to plan our drive across country to San Francisco. And since we are about to change our physical venue, I’ve decided to consider making a change to my virtual venue. My what? If you’re reading this, you’re actually visiting my virtual venue. It’s my blog, which exists in the virtual world (i.e., cyberspace) via a web hosting site called TypePad. I use TypePad as my blog hosting service because I’d read reviews on the internet that touted TypePad as the blog hosting site that gave the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Frampton then and now My wife and I saw Peter Frampton perform in concert this past weekend. You remember him, right? His live, innovative, 2-record set, Frampton Comes Alive!, was the best selling album in 1976. Rolling Stone named Frampton Comes Alive! Album of the Year. It quickly became the best selling live album to-date at the time. Now, 37 years later, it still remains the 4th best selling live album ever. We were seated 8 rows back from the stage in a fairly intimate outdoor arena, and when we left the venue three hours after warm-up blues and rock... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Our dog Shadow adores my wife. And why wouldn’t she? My wife takes her out for extended, off-leash walks along the wooded, creek-lined trails at a local park where Shadow gets to play and romp with other dogs...and where my wife gets to play and romp with other human beings. She speaks to Shadow in an enthusiastic, energetic manner that makes Shadow feel like her time with my wife is always an exciting adventure. On the other hand (or paw), Shadow just tolerates me. My primary role is to take her out for the last walk of the day at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that my wife and I bought a condo in San Francisco three years ago. We also have an old (built in 1900) Victorian home in Worcester, Massachusetts that we’ve lived in since the mid-nineties. Over these past three years we have been splitting our time fairly evenly between the City by the Bay and the city smack dab in the middle of the Bay State. We decided earlier this year that, given the slight up-tick in the housing market, along with continued low mortgage rates, it might be a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Did you ever hear the tale about Moishe and Hershel, two aging, Jewish clothing manufacturers in New York City’s garment district? They were complaining about how rotten business was. Hershel says to Moishe, “I lose fifty cents on every pair of pants I sell.” “Oy vey, Hershel,” Moishe responds, saddened by this news from his old friend. “How do you stay in business?” Hershel shrugs his shoulders and replies, “I make it up in volume.” Of course, this was way back before virtually all of our clothing was manufactured in Asian sweatshops. And that brings me to the topic of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
My wife and I had more than our fair share of encounters with the health care delivery system this week. Our saga started Wednesday morning when I had to have minor outpatient surgery and it ended that evening with my having to take my wife to the ER. Taking things in chronological order, around two weeks ago a small, barely noticeable cyst on my lower abdomen, which I’ve had for years, suddenly swelled up from the size of a pea to the size of a peach. At the same time, it turned deep red and was extremely sensitive to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Some of you may be familiar with John Maynard Keynes, an influential British economist in the 20th century. His radical, at the time, macroeconomics theory was that, in order to save capitalism, governments should spend money they don’t have. This principle was commonly referred to as “spend yourself rich,” which, when it comes to branding economic theories, had much more pizazz than did Ronald Reagan’s economic theory, “trickle down.” And at my age, trickle down is more of a physical malady than an economic principle. I belive that John Maynard Keynes would, were he still alive, be proud of my... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
I was quite pissed a few weeks back when the Senate voted against the proposed bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchasers. After all, the mantra of the NRA for years has been “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Along comes proposed legislation to address exactly that notion: background checks on people who wish to purchase guns. Why then, would the NRA and other gun proponents argue so strongly against legislation aimed not so much at guns, but at people? Apologies in advance to Barbra Streisand, but it seems that, according to the NRA (sing along... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Okay, I’m no Shakespeare. Nor am I a prince of Denmark. Yet like Prince Hamlet, who questioned whether to continue to exist or not to exist, I sometimes question whether to continue to blog or not to blog I have a question for you. Have you missed me? It has been a week and a half since my last post. Did you even notice? Probably not. And that is my dilemma. Just for grins and giggles, I periodically check my blog traffic on several sites that track the number of pageviews a website gets. A “pageview,” for those unfamiliar with... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
A lot happened this past week. There were the shocking and tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, followed by one of the most intensive manhunts in the history of this nation, a gun battle on Thursday night that left one of the bombing suspects dead, the unprecedented lockdown of nearly a million residents in the city of Boston and surrounding towns for nearly a full day, and finally on Friday night, the apprehension of the second suspect. David Ortiz, Boston’s “Big Papi,” summed it up on Saturday at Fenway Park before the first home Red Sox game since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
I’m a big fan of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. The two half-hour shows air on Comedy Central from 11 to midnight Monday through Thursday nights. Because that’s past my bedtime, I record both shows each night on the DVR and then watch them the next night. Stewart’s and Colbert’s humorous and satirical takes on current events and politics are incredibly amusing and entertaining; their shows have been Must See TV for me for years. But I’ve noticed lately that rather than being entertained, I find myself becoming more and more agitated by what I’m... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
Have you’ve ever tried to sell something on craigslist? If so, then you know how convenient and easy it is to use. All you need is a computer and access to the internet. Hell, you don’t even need a computer. A smartphone or tablet will do. Craigslist is local, so you reach prospective buyers within your geographic area. You can create your own description of whatever it is that you wish to sell and upload up to eight digital images, which you can post in the ad. And unlike your local newspaper classified ads, craigslist is free! That’s the good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
I’m not sure precisely when it was that I came face-to-face, so to speak, with the fact that I was going bald. Perhaps it was when my wife urged me to get my hair cut very short because I was beginning to look like I was sporting a comb-over. Or maybe it was when I was using my beard trimmer to clean up the hairs on the back of my neck. I was holding a hand mirror in one hand and the trimmer in the other and positioned myself with my back toward the bathroom mirror. That was when I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
The good news is that the Major Leauge Baseball season is upon us once again. And the even better news is that the Boston Red Sox won their opening game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The bad news is that this season I’m faced with a tough decision. I grew up loving baseball and my hometown team was the Washington Senators. During the summer my pals and I would take the bus and the trolly to Griffith Stadium and watch them play as often as we could. One summer I even got a job walking around the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Mindful Digressions
This post has absolutely nothing to do with the NCAA basketball tournament. THIS BLOG POST IS NOT ABOUT THE ANNUAL NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT KNOWN AS “MARCH MADNESS.” So, to the NCAA and whoever else owns the copyright or trademark or whatever it is that they own and will do just about anything to protect, please don’t kill me. Don’t sue me, either. What this blog post is about is how mad I am that I’ve been sick the entire month of March. Hence, March Madness. I flew from San Francisco to Boston on March 2nd and woke up the next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Mindful Digressions