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Sunday, March 29, 2020
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  • How am I able to perform complex computer or workshop jobs and then act like a bonehead when performing everyday, routine tasks? I’m not the oldest wine in the cellar but I am old enough to know that I should get the car keys out ...
  • Alright, people, we have to talk about modern-day etiquette. First, let me take my sunglasses off so that you can see my eyes when we talk. Yes, it’s a little creepy but you’ll be able to see where my attention is focused and, if you ...
  • Recently I have been conjuring up ways the airline industry can generate new streams of revenue with no cost and without any increase in services offered to customers. Originally I wrestled with the morality of this kind of thinking ...
  • When my wife is out during the day she always grills me about what I had for lunch. I have found that only certain answers are acceptable. She feels responsible for my well-being and checking on my food intake is something ...
  • February in Maine. If you live here, you understand what that means: you can either adjust your thinking and adapt to the dead of winter or, if you can manage it, pack up and get out of Dodge. Last year after endlessly feeding the ...
  • Did you hear screaming a few weeks ago coming from my place? That was the moment my wife and I turned on our newly designed, installed and expensive well water purification equipment ... no, at this point it’s more like ...
  • During a conversation with a guy I thought I knew, we started talking apples, which used to be a seasonal topic but is now fair game year-round. I like apples. He agreed. He said he liked Red Delicious apples — you know, that ...
  • Sometimes I think I should have buckled down in my youth and become a musician. I base this on the amazing thrill it was playing bass guitar in a teen band for a packed gymnasium where everyone was dancing. To see everyone ...
  • The time had come to get the well running at an old house my wife and I have been restoring. It didn’t look promising as the pumpkin-colored water took a long time to clear up to what looked like tea — and fairly strong tea at that....
  • I just finished splitting and stacking three cords of firewood. What’s that? Yes, I know I’m late getting it in and that it won’t dry enough to burn well this season. Thank you for reminding me. I’m late because a bottleneck seems to ...
  • “Snot on ice” is not a show coming to your nearest ice arena this winter. You may, however, experience it this season without going much farther than your driveway. My wife, who generally does not use bodily excretions to describe ...
  • In case you haven’t noticed or have chosen to ignore it, world order as we have known it is slowly disintegrating. I see it and yet I keep busy writing humor columns. Shouldn’t I be doing something to beat the drum for rescuing ...
  • Just Saying ...: The Holiday Letter
    Dearest Friends and Family, Thank you all for sending me your holiday letters, which I read with great interest. In order to include the obligatory passage-of-time clause of the holiday-letter format, I will simply say it is hard to believe that another ...
  • As I have said before, I come from a Polish peasant background where my people valued any material wealth they could accumulate. In the old country, if they found a piece of broken glass or a bent piece of rusty metal, they would ...
  • Again, it’s that time of year when we are compelled to listen to Christmas-themed music we have known all our lives. With any other genre these songs would be called oldies, sometimes prefaced with golden or moldy but old Christmas ...
  • It seems like lying in public has become quite popular recently. Sure, lying has been around since cave men learned to declare the animal skins their partners wore did not make them look fat. But that was all private. Today we have ...
  • Were you prepared for the sudden cold snap we had recently? I thought I was ready but Old Man Winter takes great pleasure crushing that attitude. We call him “Old Man Winter” and not “The Cheerful Winter Chap” because he has ...
  • Have you got all your Fibonacci Day cards and gifts in order? I’m sure you remember that we are very close to Fibonacci Day, the celebration that fills the holiday void between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Every year it falls on November 23 ...
  • Under mild but constant pressure from my wife, I recently switched from white work socks to black, as my Michael Jackson defense of white socks had lost its efficacy. Those of you who shop at the big-box wholesale outlets know that ...
  • Of course, you must already know that 2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Folks, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this — unless you want to count the Chinese Year of the Rat ...
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