Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Franco-American riddle

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Here's something weird I didn't know. When I think of Franco-American (the canned food brand), I think of things like canned ravioli and spaghetti & meatballs... Americanized Italian canned food. Yet, Franco means French--not Italian. So, I finally looked up Franco-American, and it turns out that the name DID mean ...

Myakka River State Park, etc.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Tonight will be my last night in Sarasota for this trip. Tomorrow, I plan to drive across the state to West Palm Beach, via the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Today, I had planned to go to Corkscrew, but at the last minute decided on Myakka River State Park, instead. At first, I ...

Home to Chelsea

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I'm at the Chelsea Residence Inn in the Boston area. I think I've been here before. The neighbourhood has a lot of construction going on, which might make getting in and out a challenge, especially during rush hour. I wonder if there's pizza delivery. I'll find out. The internet speed here ...

My Meandering Mind

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I finally became curious enough about the term "Morris Dancing" to look up its etymology. According to my dear friend and expert in all things, N. Ternet, it's derived from the word Moorish. So, it might've referred to dancing done by the Moors, which is a European term applied to ...

Artificial Sweeteners and A1C

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Last August, after reading so much stuff about how Splenda and other non-stevia sweeteners might affect one's blood glucose, I completely stopped drinking all sodas (diet and sugared) and stopped using all artificial sweeteners except for stevia. And, when I sweeten with stevia, the resulting tea or coffee is not ...

Vernal to Henderson

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Henderson, Nevada. The internets here are slow. Today was a driving day. I'm here so I can have the 10K mile service done on my car. I arbitrarily decided that the Henderson M dealer would be less subscribed than the one in Las Vegas. On my ...

Scarborough Area, Day 3

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

It was raining this morning, so I planned a drive to some scenic lake areas. I didn't take many pictures. Here's the route I drove. As it turned out, the falls at Effingham (2) and Moultonborough (3) weren't all that impressive. Lake Kanasatka was pretty impressive, though. Meredith Harbor (my name for ...

10 items or fewer

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

From now on, when a list contains 21 items, 35 items, 77 items, or even 101 items, I pledge to read only the first 10 items. It it's important, don't save it for last. Others, like me, get bored before they reach the end of a list that should've stopped ...

Home to Port Wentworth, GA

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I'm in Port Wentworth, Georgia, at the Comfort Suites on Travelers Way. I stayed here last year on my way north. All I really remembered about it was that its internet speed was decent. The drive from Virginia was mostly uneventful. I hit a slow 5 miles stretch a little south ...

Pacific Northwest Trip Day 2: Portland to Tacoma via Multnomah

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

I'm at the Candlewood Suites on Pacific Highway SW in Lakeland, Washington, near Tacoma. The internet speed is pretty good, about 16/8. Thursday night at the Candlewood in Portland, it was about 30/13… quite decent for a hotel. Here's the obligatory view out the window. In the first picture is ...

Pacific NW Trip, Day 1

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

I'm in Portland, Oregon. The 5 hour 45 minute flight turned into a 7 hour, sit-for-an-hour-or-more-and-then-flight. At DCA, we were told, one of the runways was closed due to weather. WTF? In any case, we eventually took off, and here I am, at the Candlewood Suites near the PI Airport. ...

Caveat Enbrel

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

My doctor says I have bursitis… inflammation after an injury last September. The result is a lot of joint pain and stiffness. He recommended glucosamine and chondroitin, and that I switch from Naproxin to Tylenol. So, I guess we'll see. Meanwhile, I just saw a commercial for something called Enbrel, and ...

Naples, Florida—Day 1

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

I'm renting a small house in Naples for the next six nights. It's not shiny and new, but it has all of the comforts of home—relatively fast internet, air conditioning, and a place to put my computers (the kitchen table). There's a small desk, but the workspace isn't large enough ...

Sarasota in the Sun

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I'm at a new Comfort Suites in Sarasota… last night and tonight. This Comfort has decent internet speed—about 25M… at least 200 times faster than the place in Brunswick, GA. The trip down from Brunswick was uneventful—no traffic problems. I stopped at Zaxby's for one of their wonderful chicken salads. ...

Brunswick, GA

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

I spent last night at Comfort Suites Golden Isles Gateway, north of Brunswick, Georgia, at 220 Gateway Center Blvd, Brunswick, GA. I need to avoid this one next time. The mattresses are mushy, the pillows too springy, and the internet speed is awful—worse than the slowest DSL. Apparently, this is ...

Him Her Him Again the End of Him, by Patricia Marx

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Mini Book Review. Yesterday, I finished reading (listening to, actually) a Patricia Marx book called "Him Her Him Again the End of Him," narrated by Hillary Huber. It's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. If you read it, don't skip the appendices. Yes—appendices. Hillary Huber ...

From Lexington, KY to Lawrence, KS: Battle of the LKs!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This is an amnesia-prevention blog posting. I'm in Lawrence, Kansas. Last night, I was in Lexington, KY in a "Comfort" Inn that was anything but. It was smelly and old, and desperately needs refurbishing. The water just barely trickled out of the bathroom and shower faucets. Even at a trickle, ...

A little wallowing for Flag Day

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

I think I now have three months to hate—May, June, and July. May 9th, because that's when I lost my best friend of 40 years, my sweetheart of 39 years, and my wife for almost 38 years. June 14th, because that's my 38th anniversary, and there's nobody left to anniverse ...

Mystery at the Market

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I usually avoid grocery shopping on weekends. I hadn't been able to get to the grocery store since Tuesday, however, and had to go today since we were running out of staples. The grocery store was like a zoo! The parking lot was full, and there were strange men roaming the ...

Mr. Reeder’s Quizzes

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In one of my 12th grade English classes at Edison High School, Mr. Reeder gave a 10 item multiple choice quiz every day. He gave the same quiz to every class throughout the day. By 2nd period, strips of paper containing the correct answer sequence (e.g., adebcaabde) were in wide ...