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Realizing how much I have come to depend on my wonderful Superfocus glasses.

For the last few weeks I have been wearing my new Superfocus Leonardos, the new Italian design frames for the amazing focusable glasses I discovered a couple of years ago.

My original pair is a very modernist design called Bauhaus. My wife was so impressed with them that she bought a pair as well.

People are always asking “Where do you get those glasses?” and we give people the source and refer them to the Superfocus web site, show them the Penn Gillette ads, and demonstrate the ease of use and the focusing action of our specs.

The Bauhaus focuses with a sliding device and the new Leonardos have a rotating dial that is virtually invisible to onlookers. Both methods are very easy to use and I am so used to them I rarely even realize that I’m carrying out the focusing.

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Foreign Facts ( I was led into this from Dave Barry’s Blog)


One in three busy Brits believe it’s acceptable to answer a mobile phone call during sex, it has been revealed.

Read the whole article HERE.


Thanks to all of you who have called and e-mailed after my accident…

So many of you have wished me well. I am still in some pain in my ribcage (I’m  calling it “airbag shock”), but, in general I’m feeling much better.

Several have asked what caused the the accident and the best I can say is “I don’t know.” Essentially I had a blackout seizure and when I finally realized where I was I was 30 miles down the road having hit two cars and a power line. When I noticed a police car behind me and I pulled over, I had no idea what was going on, or that the whole front of my car was just about gone.

Somewhere in the course of the accident I lost my Superfocus glasses… I terrible loss for me. We don’t know yet of the insurance covers the loss as part of the accident.

Anyway, they’re not likely to let me drive again unless they can figure out what causes the seizures (apparently I’ve had a couple of other ones, not while driving, over the last couple of years. Most of these include lapses of time that I don’t remember, either.)

So my computer and I will continue to travel the world… but I won’t be getting out of the yard unless someone else takes me.

The Restaurants folks eat in as an economic indicator…

The New York Times has pointed out that…

…when Americans feel better about their finances, they are more likely to eat at restaurants with full service, including bringing the food to the table, rather than at restaurants with limited service. At the moment, both the restaurant sales and the falling unemployment rate indicate the economy is doing better than the Gross Domestic Product figures would seem to show.

Here are the stats:

So where have you been eating lately? I’ve been going over our cc receipts for the last month or so and discovered that my wife and I fit right in with this recovery crowd… we don’t eat at fast food joints at all and our sit-down restaurant visits have been predominant.

Where have you been eating?

Looking for a Project…

The hardest part of being a retired guy stuck in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is the lack of creative projects to get involved with that take up a substantial amount of time. So now I’m looking…

I have no current theatre projects to direct or design for, nothing I am currently writing (aside from this blog), no artwork I’m painting, drawing or sculpting, no public commissions or organizations I am participating in. Frankly, this is a boring November, and if it were’nt for family and dogs I’d be at the bottom of a depression.

So I am about to go sit at Mellow Moods to see who comes in that I can chat with who might have something going that I could latch on to.

Another day…….

A Quote To End The Day (and it was a Big Day):

From Michael Moore at a WE ARE ONE rally:

Today everywhere is Memphis, and it’s not just sanitation workers being attacked. It’s teachers and firefighters and social workers — yes, all those greedy public workers who caused the Great Recession we are in!

It was the greedy teachers who caused the crash on Wall Street!

It was the greedy firefighters who sent millions of jobs overseas!

It was the greedy social workers who insisted that GE pay no taxes and that CEOs should make 500 times what the average employee makes!

No, my friends, it wasn’t! It was the top 1% of the country who did this. THEY brought on the mortgage crisis. THEY made off with billions of dollars from our economy. THEY have systematically destroyed the middle class. And THEY have bought and sold the very people elected to represent us!


…and it looks like Obama is one of them. He can turn himself around, though… and we’d better make sure he knows what we think.

Last Friday the Press Sued Scott Walker to Release E-Mails Which He Claims Support his Actions…

Great Seal of the state of Wisconsin

… and, in violation of “Wisconsin Open Records Law and Wis. Stat. § 19.37(1) by withholding the requested email messages and delaying granting access to the email messages,” the Governor has, so far, refused.

This from The Isthmus’ Daily Page:

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Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press today filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker over his office’s failure to respond to open records requests regarding emails received by his office.
“The governor said he had gotten more than 8,000 emails as of Feb. 17, with ‘the majority’ urging him to ‘stay firm’ on his budget repair bill,” says Isthmus News Editor Bill Lueders. “We’re just trying to see these largely supportive responses.”
Isthmus made its request by hand-delivered letter on Feb. 18, a day after Walker referred to these 8,000 emails and about an hour before he held another press conference saying the number had since swelled to 19,000, again mostly positive.
The Associated Press, through reporter Todd Richmond, emailed its request for the referenced 8,000 emails on Feb. 18.
As of today, the governor’s office and his legal counsel have not responded to these requests for records, or provided information on their status.
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So now we wait to see what comes next. Can this criminal Governor do anything to justify his refusal to preserve the negotiating rights of his working citizens? Will the people in Wisconsin further stimulate the workers of the whole country to take a stand against the rich bankers and Wall Street robbers who have made billions while the average Joe has lost job, home and future?

Have a nice Monday.

Making life changes.

Today I got my hair cut and I started filing job applications, something I haven’t done since I retired, off of Craig’s List. There were four local jobs I felt qualified for, so I answered the ads for them. The biggest reason, of course, is that being retired is boring… and even though Social Security is adequate, I would just as soon have some or all of it cut back (depending on the income I get from a part-time or full-time job) and have something to do that I don’t have to invent myself.

I think I’m going to do a little bit of hair and mustache dying as well… perhaps if I look 55 instead of 65 and no one asks my age a job will come along easier. Ever since I was laid off (with my whole Department) at CSC a few years ago, right at the beginning of the deadly recession, and started my long and unsuccessful job search, I have felt simply OLD. It’s hard to work with that feeling, but I’ll get over it.

I’m not really sure I can get anything, but I’m sure going to try.

I’m covering for John Case on WSHC this morning…

…so the work of this blog will begin somewhat later. Elly is dropping me off on her way to work and then I have to walk home. But I’ll get to the blog…I will.

For your morning entertainment…

“The Coffee Wars” by Kill The Lobster: