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THE SONIC BOOMER I’ve decided to hide out near my daughter in Missouri until “The COVID” dies down in Florida, mostly because I respect the odds, especially when it comes to gambling with my life. Missouri has had 43,000 cases of the virus since...
‘I’ ON CULTURE For decades, there have been books written about two Americas. We’ve had divisions by rich and poor, by black and white, by liberal and conservative, by Democrat and Republican, and plenty other splits. But the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new...
THE SONIC BOOMER The cottage that Mark and I are renovating is starting to be more fun. The house was inhabited by smokers for all of its 66 years, and I don’t know what colors the interiors started out, as but everything was tinged yellow when we bought it. After...
FOOTLOOSE AND... Drunken driving kills 10,000 Americans each year. Now a technological breakthrough may virtually eliminate this horrendous problem. How to achieve this momentous breakthrough? Either touch-sensitive contact points on a starter button or gear-shift or a set of breath sensors at these locations will immediately register the level of alcohol...
FOOTLOOSE AND... “Planned obsolescence” is such an integral part of manufacturing these days that it almost never comes into conversation, public or private. So why should the production of watch batteries be any different? Yet, I have a very good friend, who is still wearing a lovely gift watch from 1992,...
'I' ON CULTURE Just as we’ve been waiting for a good romantic comedy, along comes My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, a sequel to the 2002 blockbuster. Unfortunately, unlike the original, it is not something new and special. The original was a fun look at Old World, traditional families. The...
THE SONIC BOOMER The Fourth of July — remember that? Thanks to “The Covid,” activities related to America’s Independence Day celebration have been curtailed, postponed and/or canceled. Bummer. America’s citizenry, however, will not be denied. Refusing to let...
THE SONIC BOOMER I just woke up from a really scary nightmare. A lot of people, if they wake up shivering in fright, will shake it off. They will walk to the kitchen for a glass of cold milk and go on with their day. Not me. I have to share....
THE SONIC BOOMER The younger clerks at my antiques shop staged a revolt, tied me to a chair and forced me to learn social media. I mean, I have a Facebook account, but the 20-somethings don’t embrace that as much now that their parents and grandparents are spending their halcyon...
FOOTLOOSE AND... Yes, even the likes of Kobe Bryant have to hang up the sneakers sometime. So, after 20 years of being the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional basketball’s greatest ever rang up 60 points in his last game and waved bye-bye to the...