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Parachute Malfunction

“How to survive a parachute failure,” by Justin Parkinson, BBC News (Internet). This article appealed to that little boy still living inside of me. Suppose you jumped out of an airplane and your parachute did not open. Suppose then your … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Hacked!

Somebody hacked my email contact list, so you may have gotten a notice that I need money for my sister’s gall bladder operation. I don’t need money, and my sister is long dead. (She would need a lot more than … Continue reading

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Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

I first wrote about Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 5 years ago, of a time about 5 years before that when my wife joined her family in St. Louis for the holiday while I stayed home. Having nothing to do, and … Continue reading

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World’s Dumbest Christmas TV Commercial And Alice’s Pearls

My vote is for the latest GMC car commercial. It starts out with a young couple—he especially looks to be in his 20s—yet they are in a house that in my neighborhood would be a many-million dollar house, if we … Continue reading

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Ray Charles And Blindness

My wife and I were driving home when she mentioned how terrible it must be to blind. I replied that the famous blind singer—I had forgotten his name—said that restoring his sight was not high on his wish list. “I’m … Continue reading

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Sakurajima

Years ago, my wife and I took a Road Scholar tour (then called Elderhostel) of Japan that was meant to show the difference from north to south. A Road Scholar tour strives to be educational, not to wallow in luxury. … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Torpedo

We are all familiar with this weapon of naval warfare, but I heard the word used in a context I did not understand. To torpedo an idea is to sink it. When I looked it up, another meaning is to … Continue reading

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