Monday, May 29, 2017

A State of Mind.

Dr. Ben Carson, the brain wizard now in charge of our housing was recently quoted saying "poverty is just a state of mind." Not to be confused with Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." I grew up during the great depression - my friends fathers were out of work - their mothers took in laundry. They were just above the poverty level. Perhaps the good doctor should concentrate on the "brain" and we will pay him no "mind."

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Robots are coming.......

Several inventive minds are promising to bring laundry folding robots to the home market by end 2017.  The Japanese model is the size of a small refrigerator and retails for $16,000 as of now but expect to bring cost down to $2000. Every laundress' dream. Whirlpool is also tinkering which could put the Maytag Man on the sideline. Another dreamer has a laundry hamper that automatically washes clothes when full. These entrepreneurs are attracting big money from backers. The Japanese inventor doesn't sleep much as he also has on the market a tube that slides up the nose to stop snoring. This should keep a lot of
 marriages intact.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Ford in Your Future

Ford Motor has just made a management change at the top. The new fellow spent twenty years in steel office furniture so he is  now switching to aluminum. He then dabbled in college athletics going from quarterback to hatchback. But the aim now is the driverless auto. I have wondered if/when such a vehicle should ever cut me off, to whom do I offer the finger. A century ago old Henry Ford said you can have any color you want as long as it's black.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Dig You!

Recently I posted my fear that the rise in ocean levels might begin lapping at the shores of Mar A Lago Resort in Palm Springs,Fl. Now we read in Palm Beach news outlets that a four foot by four foot sinkhole has appeared at the entrance to the resort which closed after Mothers Day. Now, the Chinese president flew in to Mar a Lago recently so his people really didn't have to dig that hole from the opposite side of the globe. Better check those bunkers and sand traps around his Bedminister N.J. course where he will be teeing off this summer. Whom can you trust?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dinah Shore

When some Philadelphians vacate to the Jersey beaches we sometimes say we are "goin' Dinah Shore". As a child I was exposed to Sea Isle City in a third floor walkup, as a youth I graduated to Ocean City and later in life to Cape May where Henry Clay was reported to have frolicked on the sand. A recent trip down the Garden State Parkway revealed an exit sign reading "4 A - formerly 4 B" - I kept looking for 2 B - not 2 B. But I am indebted to Chris Christi for eliminating those three red lights that were impeding our race for the happy hour.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Comedy Central

Just read where Conan O'Brien is being sued in U.S. District Court for stealing jokes from a freelance blogger. This is an eyebrow raiser considering he has a roomful of writers trading wits with each other. Milton Berle used to brag about stealing jokes from other comedians but that was in bygone days and Uncle Miltie was a veteran of vaudeville and shameless about the issue. Bob Hope used to kid about it but this was all before we became a litigious society.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Follow the Money

An obscure section of the U.S. Treasury Department is their Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. They are a treasure trove of data for law enforcement agencies. The NYTimes article reads "The little known bureau, which operates out of a "toilet bowl" shaped building in the suburbs of Washington, serves as the financial intelligence network of the U.S.A." But they assure us that their paper chase activity involves Euros, Rubles and Greenbacks and not Scott tissue. They seem to be flushed with all types of data. Who knew?