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Friday, April 19, 2019
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  • Last week I reported on my flight from the East Coast to Seattle demonstrating the cheerless and dispiriting adventure that commercial flying around the country can be. After more than a week on the West Coast, I was taken aback to find ...
  • Not a fan of commercial airlines, I recently did consent to take a quick trip to the West Coast with my wife only because winter here in Maine has affected my thinking. I reasoned that a continental round-trip would be preferable to ...
  • Before calculators, the threat of long division loomed large. It was an academic menace riddled with traps and pitfalls. It was the demon that could transform your report card from an asset into a liability even though it might be ...
  • In order to get out in front of the pack, I was going to announce my intention to run for president of the United States this week. At first it seemed like an exciting idea and in just 48 hours I have already raised $6 in pledges toward my candidacy ...
  • People are constantly asking me how to pick a good wine to take to a party, dinner or perhaps an arraignment so as not to look like an empty-handed schmuck when they arrive. The answer is simple but the question is wrong. It is not important ...
  • I am deeply disappointed because I missed the opportunity to write a timely column about March 13th, which we all know and love to commemorate, as it is the anniversary of the discovery of Uranus. Surprisingly, my wife was quite relieved ...
  • It started out as an off-the-cuff comment my wife made about salt. As these innocent remarks tend to do in a loving marriage, it escalated into, oh, I wouldn’t call it a shouting match, but I insisted that salt is salt, as my wife insisted ...
  • In spite of the mountain of disturbing news stories coming at us every day, I managed to stumble onto a report that Allen’s Coffee Brandy has relinquished the top spot as the best-selling liquor in Maine. It’s been the most ...
  • In my youth I did not understand Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice. I had questions, but adults were dismissive and when I would ask my mother she would say, “Ask your father,” who would answer questions I did not ask. Did someone find ...
  • Do you loathe getting seated in a restaurant at a wobbly table? I know I do. Sometimes it doesn’t help to ask for another table; not after you look around and find that most of the tables have ISD’s (improvised shimming devices) ...
  • Where I live, people don’t have the money to relax in the Bahamas during February and, if they did, something would surely happen to their furnace: they would return to a frozen house with cracked water pipes, cupped flooring and bloated . . .
  • Do you have a list of songs you simply detest? I know I do. The worst are the old hits because they’ve already bothered you for so long and, to spite your disdain, you know they’ll continue making money for the recording artist or their . . .
  • Attention people! Everybody relax. There is nothing really new here. In what appeared to be a very disturbing development according to a recent story by the BBC, Russia has been working to “weaponize” humor or at least use humor for . . .
  • It doesn’t look good. Groundhog Day is coming (February 2, 2019), and for two months I’ve been trying to schedule a visit to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with the hope of finding out why the groundhog who lives there is . . .
  • The opportunity came up to attend the recent festivities and inauguration of Janet Mills, the first female governor of the State of Maine, where my wife and I live, so we jumped at the chance. You have to jump at these chances . . .
  • Recently regaining consciousness, I found the holidays over, gift wrap in my teeth and my pants a size too small. The holiday season must have been a success but from all indications like the credit card bill, my wife and I did not . . .
  • The old year is closing out the books and the new year is about to jump on our faces like the otherworldly creature in the original 1979 Ridley Scott movie “Alien.” This being the case, readers often expect the year in review or predictions for the coming year — maybe both. Well, let’s see what we’ve got...
  • Some people may consider my wandering mind irreverent but since it’s Christmastime I was wondering if Jesus had his own carpentry business or if he worked for a larger company as part of a framing crew or maybe as general laborer . . .
  • The question always comes up this time of year and invariably catches me unprepared when, for example, someone walks up to me at the bail bondsman’s office or after a group therapy session and asks . . .
  • If you’re an adult living away from your parents, consider the “gift of taking” this holiday season. It’s not hard: you back a large vehicle into your parents’ driveway, fill it with all the stuff you’ve been storing in their house and then take it away. . . .
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