Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Cat Who Thought He Was A Keyboard

Long-time readers know that I occasionally drop my cranky persona to write about my beloved cats. Today’s subject is the amazingly affectionate Gus. Though I’m loath to admit it today, I never really wanted Gus. We were fostering him and … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale of Christmas and Consumer Electronics

On February 26, 1944, before shipping out to the South Pacific, my father walked into a USO in Hollywood, California, and recorded a wax-over-cardboard 76 RPM record for my mother (see photograph). On it, he talks about how much he … Continue reading

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20 Things Boomers Must Never Do

Self-help stories are full of tips and advice, telling people what they must do in order to be healthy, wealthy, wise, or otherwise obnoxious in their friends’ eyes. These stories run the gamut of what you should eat, what you … Continue reading

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Is American Manufacturing On Its Way Home?

There are rumors flying that manufacturing may be returning to America. According to an article in the October 10, 2011 issue of Time, Made (Again) in the U.S.A., not only are wages in China rising rapidly, but prices for both … Continue reading

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