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Tobacco & Pipe Shop Versus Facebook

It’s a place from a by-gone era: the tobacco and pipe shops. However, they still exist, though many of their suppliers are long since out of business. Today, I went to such a shop. I went to 3 of them actually—well… kinda, sorta, maybe. My father died over 18 years ago, in large measure as a result of his addiction… Continue reading

SFO Embarcadero

We just returned from a quick trip to San Francisco (SFO) and stayed at a lovely hotel on the bay in Sausalito, The Inn Above Tide. (Highly recommend the inn! All of the rooms are on the water and have an incredible view!) We were treated to lunch at Boulevard Restaurant. Nancy Oakes is the executive chef and owner, and… Continue reading

Good Laugh

Everyone who knows me is aware of my ongoing efforts to needle those who claim we have a War of Christmas1. I came across this Facebook post from a mutual friend of ours (Thanks, Bill!) that made me laugh out loud. The idea and the photo are his clever mind, not mine. I just share. Casualties from the War on… Continue reading

Ravaged by the French

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 Symphony (Jonathan Dimmock at the… Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

Am I the only person that thinks this is in the poorest possible taste? Click for a pdf of this page 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

Short 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

Attention K-mart Shoppers!

“We have a blue-light special down in aisle 8…” Step back into K-mart in May of 1988 by listening to K-mart’s in-store muzak complete with the in-store commercials preserved for all posterity. You remember K-mart, don’t you? Founded in 1899 as the SS Kresge Corporation in Garden City, Michigan. I think it is still in business. It’s a pity the… Continue reading