Monthly Archives: October 2002

Chill of the Day

Shopping for Sniper Rifles. With international terrorists. At a nice gun show in suburban PA — probably someplace like King of Prussia Mall, which has hosted several gun shows to my certain knowledge.

You know, I… Continue reading

Pink Ribbon with Cigna

This only takes 30 seconds and you don’t have to do anything else.

If you go to the Cigna web site: and click on the pink ribbon, Cigna will donate $1.00 to fight breast… Continue reading

Bad Attitudes

These showed up in my e-mail one day. They range from the amusing to the obnoxious. I am not responsible for the punctuation.

The ones I really like are #17 and #32.

1. I can see your point,… Continue reading

Nothing Wrong with Me that Two Weeks in Scranton Couldn’t Cure

It’s so easy to be homesick at this time of year. We’re in the middle of October, always my favorite season at home. The days are shortening toward winter,… Continue reading

A Cord of Wood

My sister Leslie, who lives in southern West Virginia, sent me this response on the topic of changing seasons here in California.

> > We’ve ordered a cord of wood to get us through the winter


> Pathetic. Really!… Continue reading

We Did Get Fooled Again

From Slate’s hilarious page of Bushisms:

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.”—Nashville, Tenn.,… Continue reading

Middle of a Different Night

Once again, up to take more cough medicine. I’m well enough to be restless and still sick enough to be unable to do much. At least now I’m back to work, and I know the… Continue reading

Middle of the Night

So where have I been the past few days? Sick with a combination of infected sinuses and bone-rattling cough. Plus the usual fever, sneezing, green gunk. . . . I’m up now for some Advil and… Continue reading

Update: California Burning

The fire is out, for those of you who have been following the Uvas Canyon blaze that has recently made breathing such an adventure in my neighborhood. While it was burning, I would go outside, inhale the… Continue reading

Things You Don’t Want to Hear Your Doctor Say

• “Can you still feel that? Really?”

• “Hmm, interesting.”

• “Hey, where did it go?”

• “My God, it has roots. Look, nurse. Look how deep it goes.”

• “Interesting.”… Continue reading

The greatest thing
in the world
is the Alphabet
as all knowledge
is contained therein
except the wisdom
of putting it together.
—from an old German bookplate