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Born '36 in VT, raised in Adirondacks, world traveler thanks to US Army + USAF, getting older and more philosophical, reading and writing more obituaries than I'm comfortable with, but I'm gettin' there...

Recent Comments

  1. 40 minutes ago on Arlo and Janis

    @Da’Dad: The early days of having a UHF tuner atop the old Emerson.. Soon’s ya walked away, the picture went bad anyway !!

  2. about 3 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    Normally, yes as a standard protocol. Evidently, this dude had slipped a reader into the slot, his phone being connected to it via Bluetooth, took my $400 bux, pulled the reader out of the slot and moved on to the next ATM, nobody being the wiser. At least that’s how I would have done it, having the technical knowledge and wherewithal how to do such, but sorely lacking both the pigmentation and balls to pull off such a stunt. Gotta hand it to the lil’ bastid though.. he never got greedy and set off my limit alarm, just pecked at it twice and quit.

  3. about 17 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    Florida Story; Six years ago, I used to go to the local BAC ATM and get my usual $400 bux to “help boost the local economy” never paying much notice to the young black guy standing behind me with what appeared to be a cell phone glued to his face and when I got home and on the computer to check my transactions, found that I had drawn two extra $200 transactions after I had left the site. A phone call to the bank got the protest that “they check their ATM twice a day for any scanners or readers” and did I know what I was talking about, anyways? Now, THAT girl works in a lower branch of the bank, and so I wound up with an apology plus my missing $400 bux, a new debit card, plus a pre-written ‘Policy Letter’ and a shovel-load of “free and extended offers” Needless to say, I don’t hang around ATM’s much anymore !!

  4. about 17 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    At almost 84, I’m doin’ OK, but my main “female dog” about it all is the fact that if a radio/TV ad is interesting, I can’t remember the 11-digit phone # they rattle off, but the URL they say once and I’ve got it. Weird it is, and the most odd is I can reel off about 80% of my phone numbers from youth to present and I’ve traveled a LOT.. (grrrr !)The brain is a gigantic computer that’s continually running sub-routines, which is the only explanation I can come up with for those ‘sudden middle of the night recalls’ that we’ve been struggling for DAYS trying to remember WHO it was you had dinner with in Rome back in ’58? You know, the girl that had a dimple on only one cheek? Dark hair. Wore hardly any makeup.. worked at the US Embassy.. Dad was a Consulate there.. (rattle-rattle-rattle) Sheeesh !!

  5. about 18 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    NEVER turn around and walk thru, for it reverses polarity and cancels out the original thought.. BACK thru the doorway and all will be right with the world. /snerk!

  6. about 18 hours ago on Pluggers

    British..esp Hyacinth continually “Hoovering” in “Keeping Up Appearances..” It’s still viewable on some PBS stations hereabouts.

  7. about 18 hours ago on The Elderberries

    Bring some gin and/or vodka, too !

  8. about 19 hours ago on Gasoline Alley

    You’re right. That was a copy/paste from another site and I didn’t do my usual post-proofing of it.. Good catch !!

  9. 1 day ago on Arlo and Janis

    I remember (and have a video) a since- deceased young comedian who described the problems experienced in having a young, inexperienced nurse-ette remove his catheter after his surgery. I’d paw thru it all, but somebody knows who I’m talking about.

  10. 1 day ago on Arlo and Janis

    Just run the warm water over my hand and you’ll get 12 oz, at least !!!