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About middleagecranky

The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.

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It’s funny how things turn out. Back when I had first entered technology publishing, in the 80s, I was hired for a job for a very specific reason: the editor-in-chief hated talking to vendors. Unfortunately, talking to vendors is part … Continue reading

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The Strangest Place I’ve Ever Been

Sometimes I write about travel. Sometimes I write about politics. Sometimes I have the unique opportunity to combine the two. Last month we took a National Geographic tour of Cuba. We wanted to get there before Havana turned into Miami. … Continue reading

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Reflections On A Career

Many years ago, I asked my father when he retired what he did all day. He thought a moment and shrugged, “The day goes by.” He neglected to add that the days go by really, really fast. Ironically, that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Lovely Mustang

When men look back on selling their beloved sporty convertibles, it’s almost always with regret. Even being painfully aware of those stories, I sold my 1989 Mustang convertible this week. It was time. I loved that car. It symbolized so … Continue reading

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Ticking Down My Nine Lives

Sometimes I wonder if I was a cat in a former life. I love cats. I like sitting up high and looking out windows. There are times in my life when I would purr if I could. Case in point: … Continue reading

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Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

The hullaballoo over the first inaugural song for our newly crowned (because I’m still not convinced he was really elected) President got me thinking about one of the more wistful lines of “My Way”: “Regrets, I’ve had a few.” Actually, … Continue reading

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No Such Thing As An Overnight Failure

The cry goes up, as Macy’s and Sears announce plans to close even more stores, what hath Amazon wrought? To which I answer, “Not a thing.” A couple of stories from my distant past: No. 1: There was a Sears … Continue reading

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