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Chugging Honey: Turning a Treat into a Threat

August 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I don’t understand competitive eating. Seems like a good way to suffer immediate “death by food” — as opposed to death by food over a span of decades, which probably will kill most of us in the First World. And, eating something nasty, such as hotdogs (and hotdogs are certainly nasty after two) … seems […]

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The Tally in the Back of a Brain

August 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I don’t know if this is common, semi-common or weird. I can count while I’m thinking of something else. But only to 100. And as long as I do not think of some other arithmetical concept.

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Lonzo’s Assist as Lakers Sell Out Season Tickets

July 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Maybe Magic Johnson as club president is worth the price of tickets. Brandon Ingram, the second-year forward, could move the needle, too. But most observers seem to think it is Lonzo Ball who is the key to the Lakers selling a lot more season tickets than they did a year ago. And now they are […]

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The Dark Underside to New Zealand’s All Blacks

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I am not a rugby fan. Most Americans are not. We have our own collision/territorial sport known globally as American football, which makes redundant a need to see some other incarnation of large men running into each other. I have, really, only one position, when it comes to world rugby, and it is this: I […]

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From NYT’s Crossword to L.A.’s and Back Again; Gaining, Losing IQ Points

June 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The jumbo Sunday crosswords that appear under the imprimatur of the New York Times … had been kicking my butt. Seventeen straight that I failed to complete without a mistake. Making me wonder if the canary had stopped singing in the coal mine of my brain. I completed one on February 20 but, through May […]

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Remembering Midway, the ‘Other’ Great American Victory of World War II

June 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The first week of June brings to mind two history-changing military actions in World War II involving the United States. Arguably the country’s finest hours, when it comes to warfare. –D-Day, June 6, 1944, which was 73 years ago today. –The Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942, Most Americans with a passing knowledge of U.S. […]

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This Mahler Guy Is Pretty Good

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Until a few years ago, this is what I knew of Gustav Mahler. He was a famous composer whose work I had never heard. He was the favorite composer of the eternally snooty television brothers Frasier and Niles Crane, of the long-running show Frasier. (Whenever the two went out for a night, odds were it […]

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Where Bullwinkle and Rocky Meet

May 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A former colleague was driving in Banff, Alberta, looking for a restaurant, when he came to an intersection that spoke to him. Just as it would to most every Baby Boomer who grew up watching Jay Ward Productions on TV. The colleague sent the photo to several members of his age cohort, and the cracking […]

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Hey, Wait! My Favorite Hockey Team Is in the Conference Finals

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I follow ice hockey in fits and starts. It is difficult to keep track of the sport on this side of the Atlantic; it’s not like it’s background buzz in generic sports news, over here. Also, at my last job, “hockey”, without a modifier, was assumed to be field hockey. No. Really. (India used to […]

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Unglamorous Southwark: The Gate to London Attractions

May 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Pretty sure that when I heard about central London south of the River Thames, say, 30 years ago … it was largely dismissed as a crime-ridden area with nothing to see. No need to go. Terra Incognito, down there. Even the locals seemed to ignore it, although the area has been part of London for […]

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