OK Boomers

As if we need any more proof that Americans walk around in constant search of reasons to show themselves aggrieved on any form of social media. All those “scare quotes” and ANGRY SHOUT CAPITALS and strings of undecipherable face emojis — 🤢😪😖😬😳😡😵🥴😤🥵😈👹💩💀. Most...

The Day America Went Dry

Exactly 100 years ago this last Friday, America’s Greatest Social Engineering Experiment Ever went into effect. I’m not talking about Social Security or Medicare or slicing the bread before putting it in the bag. I’m talking about Prohibition. Let’s start with the...

No, I Can’t Hear You Now

[Happy New Year! Buon capodano! Bonne année! Happy Hogmanay! Gleðilegt nýtt ár! That last one is Icelandic, just because nothing says Happy New Year better than random accent marks!!! I’m on the Left Coast hanging out with my grandkids and generally being Bad...

The Thing About the Cousins

It’s the Special Relationship, so we’ve been told for many years. It’s some vestigial trans-Atlantic umbilical cord connecting us Yanks with the British. Since Almost Everything Memorable Ever Said In English (Not By Shakespeare) is by default attributed to Winston...

A Rose Is a Rose?

A couple of years ago, Kay-Kay and I were out visiting our daughter Peanut and her family—which most importantly included our then two-year-old grandson, Goober. We took the Goob out with us one day to a supermarket with a Truly Impressive Display of fresh-cut flowers...

Going Postal Overseas

My wife, Kay-Kay, and I have spent a lot of time in foreign countries. We lived together—sometimes married, sometimes not— for four years in two countries. One was Italy, where they do not speak English. The other was Scotland, where they speak something almost akin...

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