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  1. KILO NOVEMBER

    Vintage Things That Have Disappeared In Your Lifetime?

    I have one that belonged to my great-grandfather. It's a round glass thing. Embedded in the middle is an Odd Fellows logo, his name, and a date. My guess is that date is when he joined the lodge. He was a shoemaker. I expect that most of his papers were receipts that got stuck onto one of those...
  2. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Dear Turnip and Trenchfriend, My apologies for being picky, but what, exactly do these things have to do with "So trivial, but it really ticks you off"?
  3. KILO NOVEMBER

    Vintage Things That Have Disappeared In Your Lifetime?

    Dial telephones Teletype machines The Washington Star The Pittsburgh Press
  4. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Have I mentioned "free gift" before? Advertisements, whether in my mail box, on television, or via email seem to want to offer me a "free gift". I always say to myself (I'm a good listener), "If it isn't a free, can it be a gift? And if it's free, can it be anything other than a gift?"
  5. KILO NOVEMBER

    Uncool, dorky things you won't be caught dead in

    No, they're training shoes for an Indian Fakir. Successive pairs have stiffer and stiffer points in the sole until the wearer is walking on an insole of nails.
  6. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Here's my take on apologies from customer service representatives. These are the front-line workers who have to deal with me when the company they work for has done me a dis-service. I think their training requires them to apologize to the wronged customer, me. First, there isn't even a remote...
  7. KILO NOVEMBER

    Uncool, dorky things you won't be caught dead in

    I've seen any number of women in "yoga pants" who don't, apparently, have any friends with enough compassion to tell them not to wear them in public. Just because they make something in your size doesn't mean that it's a good idea to wear it.
  8. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I have more books than I have room for. I'm tempted to go "anti-shoplifting". That is, take a bag of books to a used book store, duck behind a tall bookcase, and leave them there before scampering off.
  9. KILO NOVEMBER

    Uncool, dorky things you won't be caught dead in

    I take it that you are no "au fait" with the latest woke campaign for "gender fluidity"?
  10. KILO NOVEMBER

    Uncool, dorky things you won't be caught dead in

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Why does "The Village People" come to mind when I look at these?
  11. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    According to Webster, "So you can take your choice, knowing that someone somewhere will dislike whichever variant you choose."
  12. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I'm the sort of cranky old fart who talks back to the people on the television when I hear such abuses.
  13. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I grew up in a small town with its own school system. There were perhaps 10,000 residents at its peak. The main employer was a steel mill specializing in railroad car wheels and other ring fabrication. My father worked there as machinist. All this by way of background to establish that it wasn't...
  14. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Using "gift" instead of "give" is the kind of locution that a person who says, "Please contact myself or one of my associates ..." would use. Such a person would know better by junior high school if he or she had paid even a little attention in class instead of goofing off. Now these people want...
  15. KILO NOVEMBER

    Ground meat pizza

    Once upon a time, "pizza" may have been an adjective used mainly in New York City (and may be still is), but anywhere else in the English-speaking world, "pizza" has become a substantive adjective with the noun "pie" being omitted.
  16. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    "gift" ... this is a noun "give" ... this is a verb Sometime in the past few years, someone has been trying to replace "give" with "gift". It sounds pretentious and I don't like it.
  17. KILO NOVEMBER

    Ground meat pizza

    GDR pizza!? Is it any wonder that people were risking their lives to get over the Wall?
  18. KILO NOVEMBER

    You know you are getting old when:

    In my town, these were like the Tony model, but always of cheap vinyl or canvas construction. We called them "book bags" and if you still carried one by the time you got to the eighth grade (age 13 mostly, in the U.S.) you were clearly a nerd and most probably had eyeglasses with black...
  19. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Once we had distinct versions and somehow the singular version disappeared. We English speakers have been stubbornly reintroducing new words for the plural on a regional basis ever since.
  20. KILO NOVEMBER

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    Give that driver a medal for reducing his carbon footprint and forward the story to the jet-setting environmental advocates using private jets to cross the Atlantic to talk with others of the ilk about the dangers of carbon dioxide pollution!

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