Ravaged by the French

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

This past weekend we went back to San Francisco for a concert by the San Francisco Symphony, a gift from the French: music from Bizet‘s Carmen Suites (1874), Ravel‘s 1930 Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing), and Saint-Saëns‘ 1886 Symphony No. 3, Opus 78, the Organ SymphonyContinue reading

Happy Halloween!

Am I the only person that thinks this is in the poorest possible taste?

Your Cemetery Experience Survey
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Today, on Halloween, I receive a survey from the corporate-owned cemetery asking me to rate my “overall cemetery experience” from last month when we buried my mother there.

When my parents purchased their cemetery plots decades ago, they bought … Continue reading

New AppleTV & George Orwell

AppleTVShort version: Unless you are wanting to play a few games on your TV, or unless you want to cut the cable cord, the new 1st gen TV is a total pass. Version 1 of the tvOS is, as has become standard practice for Apple’s new products, a big step backwards. The foundation they have set in place has potential … Continue reading

New Profile Pic from Bubl

Bublcam is about the size of a tennis ball and has 4 cameras precisely positioned on it.

I continue to be crazy, crazy busy, just returning from an unexpected and quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. I took my new Bublcam with me. I’ve had it for some time, but I’ve not had the time to try it … Continue reading

The Past Tense

A few years ago I wrote a blog post, “I’ll Buy a Vow*l”, about the state budget horrors of California. I jokingly stated that, to raise revenue, the state passed a law limiting the use of the vowel “e” from all forms of written communication. Each state resident was only allotted a fixed number of the vowels per month. … Continue reading

Ultimate Ears Pro 18 In-Ear Monitors Review

I blogged before about my purchase of a pair of Ultimate Ears Pro 18 In-Ear Monitors, but, after having lived with them now for just over a year, I wanted to write a follow up post about them. Rarely does a product so satisfy a demanding customer!

I bought these in-ear monitors primarily for in-flight travel–to block out the often … Continue reading

When It Rains…

Morton SaltJuly, August, and September proved to be an unexpectedly difficult time for this family.


Remember the window shades ordeal that started back in December but never seemed to end? They were supposed to be completed mid July. Almost were. A little problem. Will reschedule.

Also, in mid-July we received a notice from the DeKalb County Department of Environmental Health … Continue reading