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Dear MM: Field mice have a field day in our house when winter comes. We used Mouse Magic scent pads (safe for humans and pets); distributed them liberally and THEY WORKED. They "naturally drive mice from homes." No piteous squeaks.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2019 on Collusion Never Dies! at JustOneMinute
Jimmy -- they are shooting a third season! And I think it IS for everyone -- you love it even if it's a community you've never heard of. Amazon has optioned it hoping to do a Brooklyn-based version. On the fence about that!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2019 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
Has anyone else seen the Netflix series Shtisel ? I think it's terrific.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2019 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
This been posted? https://twitter.com/mad_liberals/status/1098364052047306754
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2019 on Cut 'Em Loose! at JustOneMinute
Captain: Congo rats to your son in law!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2019 on The Power Of Positive Thinking at JustOneMinute
@Jane 11:30 Knowing you're selected for your sex/color/whatever is profoundly dispiriting no matter how you justify it. I was hired to write for the Cosby Mysteries because "Mr. Cosby wants women and people of color." You try to work around it, but the people hired on pure merit really (rightfully) resent it. A zillion years ago I read a letter to the editor of the NYTimes, written by a black Harvard law student, who was on Law Review. This was just before Harvard Law was going to change the LR criteria to insure a higher minority presence. His letter, a real cri de coeur, said, roughly, "All my life people have assumed I was given a helping hand to get where I am; I earned LR on my merits, not my color, and everyone knows it. Please don't take this away from me." Of course, they did. And patted themselves on their backs while doing so. Another quick story: John McWhorter, a serious linguist, was a newly-minted Ph.D and applying for teaching positions. Cornell hired him and when he arrived on campus he was eager to discuss his ideas about language, etc. It turns out no one -- not a single person -- had read his thesis; all they wanted was a black faculty presence. When he came to Berkeley, he auditioned as a member of the chorus for the SF Opera. He told us the auditions were behind a screen, so the pickers wouldn't be distracted by appearance; they could concentrate on voice alone. His acceptance to the chorus meant more to him than any of his academic appointments. Affirmative action is so pernicious.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2019 on Varsity Blues at JustOneMinute
Thank you, TM, for this thread and to everyone who's written so beautifully about Daddy.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2019 on In Memoriam at JustOneMinute
Thank you to KK from another Priscilla. And also to everyone who has written so beautifully about Daddy.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2019 on Breaking Bad at JustOneMinute
@ Jim, I grew up in Monterey and agree 100% with Porchlight's recommendations: "Jim in Sunnyvale, my brother and SIL stay in Big Sur every January. They like the very quaint Deetjen's Inn for lodging, Nepenthe for drinks and the view, and the restaurant at the Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel for dinner and more drinks and more view. I hear Point Lobos National Reserve is also worth a trip." Deetjen's Big Sur Inn is wonderful, but tends to fill up quickly, so make early reservations -- their food is excellent, too. Also, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is terrific. Point Lobos is sheer beauty. Holly's coffee shop in Pacific Grove has terrific breakfasts -- Olliberry (sp.) buckwheat pancakes (if you haven't gone full Keto) and artichoke omelets if you have.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2019 on Breaking Bad at JustOneMinute
Devastated to read about Daddy. What a vivid presence! My heart goes out to his family, so familiar to us all.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2019 on The Center-Left Flees The Field at JustOneMinute
I know that, Old Lurker. But it was a private home and no oil made its way into a neighbor's yard -- if it had, ironically, it would have been covered by insurance. The guys digging up the tank called the EPA before they told us anything. EPA was there in under a half hour, roping off our front yard. I shudder every time we drive through the County.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2019 on Brexit Fog at JustOneMinute
@Daddy -- Martin Gardner was a previous owner of the house we owned in Westchester. For years, we got books (mostly math and puzzlers) sent to him for review. We used to forward them to his new address in North Carolina. We had all his notes on our electrical and heating systems, too. His father had been a wildcatter in OK, and all the Gardners believed in OIL! The tank in our front yard (installed by MG) was big enough to fuel an apartment complex, and when we were thinking of moving we decided to dig it up. Westchester environmental laws are among the most punishing in the country. Not to go into all the gory details, but our house was declared an environmental disaster site when the digger found some oil had leaked from the ancient tank. It was roped off with hazard ribbon and stayed that way for six months -- our insurance didn't cover any of it and it cost us $20,000 bucks. Westchester is the worst! But Gardner was great!
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2019 on Brexit Fog at JustOneMinute
Dear Momto2, Your wonderful spirit shines so brightly here at JOM I'm sure you have the strength and grace to deal with absolutely anything that comes your way. Please add my prayers to those of everyone else at this blog; you are much loved.
Merry Christmas to all! Thanks to TM for the site, and to all you regular posters. We who (mostly) lurk are always here in spirit.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2018 on And A Merry Christmas To All at JustOneMinute
Ralph: My father was a professor at the NPGS. What department was your father in? The NPGS is the old Del Monte Hotel (moved to Pebble Beach) and pretty swanky -- at least it used to be. Daddy: Did you know that Gene Roddenbury (creator of Star Trek) modeled ST after the Hornblower series? He said, "it's Hornblower, just in space." Not sure if the Spock-Bush parallel is there, but the closeness of the relationship was what he was going for. To everyone recovering from procedures, operations or just under the weather: feel 100% soon!
Dear Mom2, Have a Happy Anniversary; you have such a wonderful spirit.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2018 on Lock 'Em Up Or Bust at JustOneMinute
Jack, yes, let's do lunch! We'll set it up via email.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2018 on Oh, FFFFFFFFudge! at JustOneMinute
Jimmy Yes, we knew Herb. He was a lovely man. Stacy, his daughter from his first marriage, was one of the stars of "What Not To Wear."
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2018 on Oh, FFFFFFFFudge! at JustOneMinute
Did this Luddite manage to sign in?????????????
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2018 on When The Elephants Scuffle... at JustOneMinute
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