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  1. tonyb

    Your Most Disturbing Realizations

    I trust you have by now received medical attention? Let us know how it goes, man. That sounds serious.
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    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    Reminds me of this 1928 Kansas license plate I picked up for next to nothing a few years back. Much more pristine examples can be had for not much money (I happened upon one from my Dear Old Ma’s state and year of birth, bought it and sent it to her; she was tickled) but I like this one just...
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    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    It’s perfect just the way it is.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Got a text message this morning reading “Hey, is this Anthony?” To which I responded “Who’s inquiring?” It’s a pet peeve of mine that people would ask with whom they are communicating before first identifying themselves. I’ve hung up on callers whose first words are “Who’s this?” I guessed...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    ^^^^^^ San Francisco, right?
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    Funeral music recommendations

    I’m hoping that our joking about funerals doesn’t further distress our German friend in his hour of sorrow. (I started it, so kick me first.) Condolences on your loss, Trenchfriend. I hope you find comfort in the memories. It’s unlikely there is a person among us who has led such a charmed...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    There’s always that tension. I do believe that people ought to have a financial stake in the places they live. But stable, healthy communities are built on people having more than just their money invested there. I’ll have to look into the percentages of houses that are owned outright vs. the...
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    Funeral music recommendations

    A New Yorker cartoon from many years back showed two elderly women standing by a grave stone. The caption read “I told him it wouldn’t kill him to be nice once in awhile. But I was wrong.”
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Residential real estate values here have doubled in the six years and change we’ve been in this house. This brings me little comfort. Whatever pile of cash we might see on the sale of this place would be exhausted on the purchase of another house. (Unless we moved to a place I’d rather not...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    As if the barrage of solicitations for extended auto warranties weren’t bad enough … Now I’m getting hit with some hustle that says I’m pre-approved for a $712K business loan. I get that one at least a couple times a week. And then there are the mailings with the faux-handwriting font and...
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    Funeral music recommendations

    Let it be known that when time comes for my memorial service, there shall be levity, lest my ghost haunt you for the remainder of your earthly existence. I wish for the same song used for the recessional at my wedding, the Queen tune “Another One Bites the Dust.” In lieu of, or as well as, use...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Say this much for the celebrities featured in those Medicare supplemental insurance TV spots … They have us talking about them, perhaps for the first time in a long time. And we’re spelling their names right.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I’ve read that the other cast members regarded the JJ character as more suited to a minstrel show. In other words, they found it a bit degrading. I recall seeing Namath “act” in some forgettable movie (can’t even remember the title) about a biker gang. Namath, like many a celebrity, has a gift...
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    Today in History

    1904: Thomas “Fats” Waller born, New York City.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I’m still trying to understand why I like the Joe Namath one. It likely has more to do with my own history, and my memory of the Namath-led Jets’ big upset in Super Bowl III, than the TV spot itself.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Can’t say I’ve ever been subjected to the Robert Conrad one, not as I recall anyway. The Jimmie Walker one amuses more than annoys me, though. Here’s what an actor with but one notable TV role to his credit (and a couple-three entirely forgettable ones) from several decades back, does to...
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    Vintage Coffee Makers

    I’ve seen several in recent years with a decidedly “retro” look. (Yeah, I know, your post dates from 2008.) Home espresso machines are much improved over what they were when I first experienced them, going on 40 years ago now. And while I have yet to use any of the several retro-styled machines...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Yeah, that annoys me, too. What’s all the worse is that the characters made to look silly are barely middle-aged. So the “parents” they’re becoming would be more like my age. And I and most every equally decrepit person of my acquaintance exhibits few if any of those behaviors. But is there a...
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    Terms Which Have Disappeared

    “Run ragged,” which I said to a Ukrainian woman (who speaks four languages, English among them), who was telling of her hectic day. She looked a little mystified, so another native-born American and I explained the colloquialism. And then we riffed on … “Rode hard and put away wet,” which has...
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    Favorite Historic Buildings or Places

    ^^^^^ FLW’s gift for self-promotion was at least the equal of his architectural talents. It’s true, as you say, that some of his designs failed in certain basic ways. Fallingwater, the famous Kaufmann residence in Pennsylvania, has needed extensive retrofitting to prevent it from falling into...
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