Monday, February 20, 2017

Nary a Cross Word

The N.Y. Times crossword puzzle just celebrated 75 years beginning right after Pearl Harbor to give their readers a change of scenery. During that time they have had four editors - No. 3 being Eugene Maleska, an educator, opera lover and Latin reader but he must not have been a sports fan. This humble puzzled reader once caught him in an error. He used a famous L.A. Rams halfback - ELROY "Crazylegs"Hirsch as a clue but his answer was LEROY which threw off the rest of my attempts at solution. I never forgave him.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Cat's Meow

"Why drink alone when you can drink with your pet?" reads the headline. There are pet wineries in California catering to cats with non-alcoholic drinks comprised of liquid catnip with coloring provided by organic beets. They have names such as Meow & Chandon, Purrgundy, Pinot Meow and CATbernet. One taster sipped, then groomed himself and got blissful. Another became very affectionate and took a long nap. (I can associate with the blissful one). I had recently written that cats are smarter than dogs and apparently some have an addiction to the grape. As the sommelier might say "Good nose, nice legs, great finish."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Droning On!

Dateline U.A.E. - Dubai plans drone taxis - passenger drones capable of carrying a single rider and a small suitcase - maximum 31 miles at an average 62 mph. on a single battery charge. Variously described as crafts or vessels they are autopiloted, directed and monitored via a command center. Beam me up, Scotty! Presume we will need an airborne traffic cop to explain the rules of the road. Feathered friends beware!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Potpourri XVI

Quote of the week: Jeff Greenfield on Stephen Miller's abrasive rant on the Sunday talk shows: "It sounded better in the original German".

One third of Dutch prison cells sit empty and they are renting them out to Belgium and Norway as well as using them for asylum seekers. This while all our prisons are overcrowded.

Facebook reminds me I have a seven year anniversary - I was itching to tell you.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Build a Wall!

I heard that we might be planning a wall on our northern border - but the rumor isn't "Trudeau"! It isn't even an "alternate fact"! However, I did cancel my one way ticket to Toronto. But many refugees and immigrants are flooding into Canada - primarily Quebec but many are making the trek thru snowdrifts from Minnesota to Manitoba - if they can deal with Minnesota winters I guess they can handle Winnipeg in February. Coincidentally, the Canadian P.M. is visiting Washington this week - I hope he keeps his hand on the "loons" in his wallet. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Friendly Game

The Japanese Prime Minister is visiting and will be hosted at Mar a Lago for a few rounds of golf. The Japanese are avid golfers and I am reminded of the following story related by a former colleague stationed in Japan. He invited a few clients for a friendly foursome and figured he might have to play "customer" golf. But on the first tee one of his guests went over to my friend's golf bag to count his clubs. (Maximum allowable are fourteen) -Not a friendly walk in the park! Ouch!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What's ALE-ing You?

The craze for craft brewing and IPA ales continues as thirsty afficianados line up around the block in the cold January air in Brooklyn and other locations in order to secure this elixir and satisfy their desires. Some beer fans prefer not to wait, hiring professional line sitters so I can envision a new career for the blogger accompanied by a folding chair and a crossword puzzle, particularly if they have afternoon tastings.