Source: Freepik Math and numbers have always been my Achilles' heel. In college, I alone apparently discovered a loophole that if I took three science courses, with labs, they would substitute for the stated requirement of an undergrad completing one mathematics course in order to graduate. At senior checkout, I watched nervously as the admissions … Continue reading Rusty Skills
A Day Out
Cummer Museum, Jacksonville Watching the news coverage of all the cancelled flights and stranded passengers last month made us glad that we decided not to travel this summer. But it really wasn't those airport scenes which killed our mojo. It was really inflation. The high cost of everything this year -- gas, food, etc. -- … Continue reading A Day Out
Back When I Had Zip
Quite by accident, I ventured down another memory rabbit hole the other day. Unlike the previous trip taken during lockdown, which was purposeful, this one sprang from something as mundane as a search for a missing checkbook. Desk drawers, plastic containers in closets, file cabinet drawers, lock boxes, etc., were all searched and then searched … Continue reading Back When I Had Zip
Vincent Price, Keeping Me Safely in My Tax Bracket
Source: Indiewire So what's sitting in YOUR closet? A rookie Vic Raschi card? An original combo of Barbie, Ken, and Midge ? A complete set of Pokémon cards from 1996? What I have is a framed print of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Little Rag Gatherers. My parents bought it sometime between 1962 and 1971 at … Continue reading Vincent Price, Keeping Me Safely in My Tax Bracket
Trooping The Kitchen
Source: Baamboozle With apologies to Her Majesty. The long nightmare is finally over. Our kitchen renovation is complete! No more will the six followers here be forced to read my constant bellyaching about our now-former dilapidated kitchen. Needless to say, we are giddy with relief. We watched in awe as an endless stream of workers … Continue reading Trooping The Kitchen
We Are Broken
Source: The Insider A day after the Texas school shooting, a sibling wrote to me how relieved she is that our parents are no longer alive to see what's happening to our country right now. She wrote: "They lived through the Great Depression and World War Two; they were convinced that their children would never … Continue reading We Are Broken
Anyone Got a Plan B?
And we all know how that went! (Source: Azquotes.com) Bylaw 1.7(a)(4-3) of this blog's charter states… "A topical post relevant to retirement must be published at least once a year"... So, campers, how's everything going in your tent? Just to be clear, I'm speaking of your billfolds and wallets here. Whichever is holding the wad … Continue reading Anyone Got a Plan B?
Source: New York Times As I type this, there is a demolition crew ripping out tile from what used to be our kitchen floor. Prior to that they did the same to the cupboards and the countertops. The work started this morning at 8:00am sharp. Men with large claw hammers, chisels, and floor scrapers arrived … Continue reading Controlled Chaos
Weighty Matters for My Sins
"All you do is laugh, eat, and lose weight." So said my lovely bride one morning after stepping off the scale and not enjoying the numbers she was seeing. Logic dictates that a spouse's weight gain is directly attributable to the actions of the other. Twas I after all who forced her to bake that … Continue reading Weighty Matters for My Sins
The Conversation Killer
Source: Edward Lear via Pixabay Are you a call-'em-as-you-see-'em type or do you beat around the bush? Do you procrastinate in starting difficult conversations or do you dig right in and get to the point? I ask because we've recently begun having the kind of conversations in our home that all of us are supposed … Continue reading The Conversation Killer
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