Life South of the Haimish Line

A few days ago I read an editorial column in the New York Times by a favorite columnists, David Brooks. Brooks is a moderate conservative and I sometimes find myself in agreements with his social and fiscal thoughts.

On this occasion he was not writing about politics or economics, just some meaningful thoughts about quality of life. He discussed taking his family on a trip to Africa and how much more comfortable he found Continue reading Life South of the Haimish Line

Columbus Taco Trucks & More

Earlier this summer I had my first taco from a taco wagon in Cincinnati. Since then I’ve become aware of the mobile restaurant industry that’s exploding in America’s cities.

The Cooking Channel has a program called Eat Street that each week visits various food trucks around the country. Seems if you can think it, someone is selling it out the side of an old bread truck or converted Airstream travel trailer. On just one-day and in just one downtown Cincinnati parking lot, I observed a mobile taco van, mobile wood-fired pizza trailer, mobile bbq pit, mobile pretzel truck, mobile espresso wagon, and mobile Cajun food truck. Cincinnati is a big place so who knows what was taking place elsewhere in the city.  Continue reading Columbus Taco Trucks & More

Next Best Thing to Ice Cream

I’ve said many times that ice cream is God’s own perfect food. If I’m ever told I have three months to live I’m not eating anything but ice cream and Lance’s cream-filled oatmeal cakes. Maybe the occasional Hostess Sno-Ball or Dolly Madison Razzie.

Other than actually eating ice cream, the next best thing is talking, reading about, or looking at pictures of ice cream. And, that’s what I like about Sally Turner Kennedy’s latest blog on North Coast Muse. It’s all about recent adventures making ice cream in her kitchen and it comes with photos.

Random Musings About Life on the Big Sandbar.

As some of you know we spend our summers in the Outer Banks. Marianne’s father built a cottage there back in the late 60’s, way before it got all touristy and whatnot. Anyway, with Irene passing through last week it got me to thinking about life at the beach and all that goes with it. By the way, Irene shot up behind us on The Sound side so the cottage escaped unscathed. This time.

It was another eventful summer with lots of visitors. Some stayed with us and some stayed elswhere, but I think everybody had Continue reading Random Musings About Life on the Big Sandbar.

There’s Not a Republican in America Who Shouldn’t Read This

The following column by David Brooks appeared in the September 2, 2011 edition of the New York Times. While I as a Democrat don’t agree with all Brooks has to say, he really isn’t speaking to me so much as he is speaking to his own political party. As a moderate Republican, Brooks is having the discussion all Republicans need to be having but is being avoided by the party’s elected politicians and leaders.

There’s a specter haunting American politics: national decline. Is America on the way down, and, if so, what can be done about it?

The Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong story to tell about decline. America became great, they explain, because its citizens possessed certain vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness and a passion for freedom. Continue reading There’s Not a Republican in America Who Shouldn’t Read This

As You Drink a Cold One on Monday

America has been taking the first Monday in September off since the late 1800s. The holiday rose from the labor violence of that era as a reaction to the growth of the unionism and collective bargaining. It is a day whose purpose is to honor the efforts of those who fought so hard to attain better conditions for the nation’s working classes.

In the decades that followed, the day has come more to mark the end of summer rather than a day to acknowledge the reason for the holiday itself. Labor Day is a day Continue reading As You Drink a Cold One on Monday

Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!

Lucas Perie recently offered for sale on eBay a very simple ink drawing of a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad on plain white copier paper. He clearly and honestly stated in the ad and description exactly what people would be bidding on and the ad included two photos of the drawing, one of the front and one of the rear of the HP TouchPad. As you may know, the bidding on the original auction reached close to $100,000.

Well, just when you think people aren’t that crazy, along comes living proof that P.T. Barnum was more than correct when he famously said, “There’s a sucker born everyday.” I was browsing the headlines Continue reading Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!

McClain Alumni Caribbean Cruise

I received word from our travel agent, Bob Sims, that the deadline for booking the January McClain Alumni Cruise at the “early discount” rate has come and gone. There are still rooms available but it will require the full deposit and at whatever the prevailing rate is at the time of booking.

The cruise is scheduled for January 22, 2012 out of New Orleans, LA aboard the Continue reading McClain Alumni Caribbean Cruise

The Blind Clerk at Cabela’s

Couple of weeks ago I was in the Wheeling, WV Cabela’s store, took a few photos and ragged on them a little. That may have prompted one of our readers to forward this joke to me. Hope you get a chuckle or a smile.

The Blind Cashier:

A woman goes into Cabela’s to buy a rod and reel for her grandson’s birthday. She doesn’t know which one to get, so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter.  Continue reading The Blind Clerk at Cabela’s

Parker J. Pfister, Master Photographer

I’ve written about Parker J. Pfister before. Many of you around our area may remember him as Jason Pfister who graduated from McClain High School in the late 1980s. Jason was always a creative and talented person and in the years since leaving Greenfield he has carved out quite a name for himself in the world of photography, especially wedding photography.

Jason has garnered many honors, is a sponsored representative for Continue reading Parker J. Pfister, Master Photographer

Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12

From the feel-good tempo of “Annie” to the brutally true account of “The Laramie Project,” SSCC Theatre’s 2011-12 season covers the range from comedy to tragedy with a few stops in between. Season tickets go on sale Sept. 1 via  www.sscctheatre.com at a cost of $15 for all four shows, a savings of up to $9. Continue reading Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12

Companies Pay More to CEOs than Uncle Sam

Just when you think you can’t get more upset you pick up a cyber newspaper and in the words of Emeril “BAM,” you get smacked between the eyes. This morning’s draw dropping headline screamed that at least 25 American corporations paid their Chief Executive Officers more in salary than they paid Uncle Sam in taxes.

On the list were such luminaries as Boeing, eBay, Verizon and General Electric. Of the 25 companies the average CEO salary was $16.8 million in 2010 while receiving tax refunds from the federal government. Continue reading Companies Pay More to CEOs than Uncle Sam

Lucas Perie, Ebay Star

Yesterday I received an email telling me about an item posted on Ebay that was drawing major attention along with bids nearing $100,000 dollars. The seller was a young college student, Lucas Perie, from Greenfield. The item being sold, a simple drawing of a Hewlett-Packard Touchpad computer.

It appears that following HP’s announcement they were discounting their popular touch pad device the demand skyrocketed and inventories rapidly dwindled.  Dwindling inventory drove the price into the stratosphere and somehow Lucas conceived the idea that Continue reading Lucas Perie, Ebay Star

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