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11 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I admit that I have been a life long sucker (there’s that word) for a bargain.  I am drawn to one like Icarus to the sun. So it’s no surprise that I love CVS!I love the discount certificates that come when I pay.  I love the discounts that come by email and when I click on them go straight to my CVS card. I love that I can find almost anything in the well stocked stores. I love the 2 for 1 sales. And after a “calm down” tutorial from my wife Joanne, I now love the self check ...
18 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In these Black Swan times I have a long long ago connection.  When I was a young boy my mother told me that her father died in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.   I mentioned it to Nancy and, of course, it was news to her and her first impulse was to Google him.  Later she told me she found nothing.   Yet, it was Nancy’s impulse to probe Google that resulted in one of the greatest WOW! moments of my life.   Acting upon Nancy’s Google impulse, I dug extremely deep down into the m...
25 days ago 39 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This blog is inspired by my wife Joanne who I overheard riffing “I used to hug my grandchildren” (see photo) and on and on and on...I asked her to Guest Blog, but if you know Jo you know that was not in the cards. So here I go: I used to fear something bad was just around the corner I used to be a commuter I used to be a softball pitcher for the Batmen I used to shake hands I used to be 5’9 3/4” I used to go to Yankee games with Paul I used to wear shoes and long pants I used...
39 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When we came home from dinner last Friday night, it was a most welcome sight for sore eyes to see the pictured outdoor spotlights lit up for all their worth.   It got me to thinking that the spot lights were well worth their extra cost as they have been in constant use for at least 2 years.  They are the new, more expensive, “Long Life” bulbs. They are a welcome change to the old bulbs I used to have to replace every few months.   Planned obsolescence be darned.  Let there...
46 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
During our past reality, when I came home from a “Hard Days Work” Joanne would greet me with “How was your day?”, serve a great supper and ask for little help with the “House Wife” work. Now that we are mostly marooned at home the equation has shifted drastically. To say the least, since the onset of the pandemic, I have undergone significant change.  For example, I have cleaned my first bathrooms.To say I was spoiled is an understatement.  To say that circumstances have forc...
60 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
“Every thing is up to date in Gotham City” is a play on the words of a Rodgers and Hammerstein Oklahoma song. With that I announce that I have updated all of my Social Media optics with the very same photo featured above. It is up to date because I’m responsibly sporting a Fauci mask and what’s more, my front seat riding cohort Charcoal is smiling for the camera. The Joanne Klein photo was engineered by my 11:00 am pal Erin Uzume McKenna for her Key West photo shoot and if yo...
67 days ago 36 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young my father taught me the importance of looking someone in the eye while giving a firm handshake. Handshake?History tells us that the handshake derives from the ancient Greek gesture of peace, extending the right hand to show that neither person was carrying a weapon. The last time I shook someone’s hand was on March 5th when I shook Andrew Ambrose’s hand at my favorite Key West restaurant, Point 5. Little did I know!What would my father think or do?When, if ev...
95 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One the easiest, yet most positive things a person can do is just say Thank You!Not “no problem”,  just a heart felt expression of appreciation and gratitude. Say it.  It rolls off your tongue easily: Thank You!I recently was the beneficiary of 2 such expressions of gratitude and they felt SO good.  I did not expect them and they really were not necessary, but they felt SO good!“You’re welcome“ just doesn’t measure up as a response.  Does one say Thank You for your Thank you?...
102 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It seems that this is the season for the expression of very strong opinions about everything that swirls around us.   A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Typhoid Mary because she was asymptomatic and compared her to those today who are asymptomatic for Covid19 and used this as a set up to implore folks to wear masks.   I was taken aback by the vigorous opposition comments to my blog. I realized far too late that I had stumbled into a symbolic political mine field.  One of ou...
123 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Her name was Mary Mallon and she was a rich man’s cook in the early 20th century.   Trouble was that she was an asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid Fever. She denied being “sick” all her life, but she was caught up in the conflict between public health and individual rights. She ended up living out her life in isolation.   Some of us may be asymptomatic carriers of Covid19 who refuse to wear a mask and take other precautions in public.   Don’t be a Typhoid Mary, sublimate your in...
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