Friday, October 21, 2016

Rosemary & Time

In a small Italian village south of Naples there is a preponderance of citizenry ninety years of age or older.  Scientists have zeroed in on their diet - they use rosemary on everything they cook. Their quality of life is high and incidence of Alzheimer's disease is low. A professor of medicine was quoted "At 95, they have the brains of a 50 year old........and you're still thinking a lot about sex." Mamma Mia!
Dieticians take note!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Deere, Hear This!

In the Indian countryside there are about 136 million farmers working small plots but unable to own their own tractors. In previous attempts to rent equipment they were subjected to price gouging. Now enter a Uber type company with a smartphone app Trringo which will furnish rental equipment on demand but with internet shortages they will also respond by phone - all for 700 rupees per hour.  So they can put their oxen out to pasture. How now John Deere!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Primarily Political XXI

Donald Trump's wife, in referring to the Hollywood tape, said she thought he was "egged" on by the host - and she wasn't "yolking."

Stay tuned for the third debate which we really don't need.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's No Wonder.

The United Nations has just selected a new Secretary General to serve for five years. HE is a seasoned Portuguese diplomat. His election passed over seven female applicants but as a consolation offering they picked a cartoon character as its mascot: Wonder Woman! This follows in the wake of naming as social ambassadors such as Winnie the Pooh and Tinker Bell. So, while we may see a woman in the White House soon it seems unlikely to also see a lady in the U.N. chair.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lox Masters II

As a sequel to Zabar's I had a conversation with a medical professional who related his experience when in surgical training. They were having a session on skin grafting and new techniques were just arriving on the scene. But the old professor wanted him to spend several days in a Jewish deli observing the lox slicers who were truly artisans with the blade. And he did so and was duly impressed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lox Masters

Tomorrow our Jewish brethren celebrate the high holy day of Yom Kippur and Zabar's deli on the west side of Manhattan is bracing for the rush for lox and estimate they will sell 10,000 lbs. in the week prior @$42.00 per pound. The demand is so great that they have to add on extra slicers called out of retirement. A story is told of a fussy lady who asked for several slices, the slicer sliced and paused and she said "Cut, cut!" A few more cuts were made and he paused again. Again she said "Cut, cut!" and he accommodated her. Finally, she said "I'll take those two"! Not recommended when the man has a delicate blade in his hand.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Potpourri XIII

Dateline - Mumbai, India: The police descended on a telephone calling center arresting dozens who were posing as I.R.S. auditors harassing unsuspecting taxpayers with threats. The occupants were stunned that they were raided. Perhaps insufficient rupees were paid off.

China (CHI-nah) for some time has had a policy of one child families - preferably male. Now they are startled to learn of some population shrinkage in outlying districts and are now urging comrades to increase the family size to two children. Another case of Big Brother in the bedroom.

A politician's greatest fears are Email and a "hot mic".