EASY MONEY

PENNY AUCTIONS – Feeding the rich by robbing the poor. It's a come-on that is hard to resist, buying a 55 inch HDTV for $23.15 cents. Or a lap-top for $2.87, a brand new countertop broiler for 0.86 cents, or an X-box with all the bells and...

BUYING JUNK OFF TV

Good morning. The day has just started AND  I'M ALREADY TIRED.  I just ordered one of those cooking specialties from early morning paid programming.  The initial order wasn't hard, and they got my credit card right away.  but... the next 35...

STRESS DISORDER -- POST WW II

We have become accustomed to it now in the wake of Viet Nam, Afghanistan. There was a recognition of it after Korea, but almost no one thought of it much in World War Two. There were signs of it in veterans and even civilians but we didn't seem to...

Christmas Story COMPLICATIONS

Yes daughter, Santa lands on our roof and comes down the Chimney. “Then we shouldn't have a fire.” Of course we should. Santa can scoot right down and land just outside the fire. “It will burn our presents.” Oh no, no. Santa's sack...

SANTA MOUSE -- A Christmas Story

There was a guy I knew once, his name was Larry. Though he worked hard for his family, he never seemed to get ahead. He was pretty smart and dreamed big, but his plans always called for a big investment, and he never had that. He couldn't save because...

Scribbles # 22 -- The RESPONSIBLE OFFICE PARTY

I was never a drunk, but I did take a lot of chances with drinking. At the office Christmas party I went too far. So take heed, Thoughsters. It was down on Wall Street. Not an investment office but an ocean shipping office. My buddy and I went...

SURVIVAL Footnote

When men were first on earth they had no money,but some were wealthy and some were not. Wealth is what earth returns to us. But it has come to mean something different now. Money in the bank. But what if the bank fails. Or money invested in the...

Scribbles #21 -- Xanadu

Using the word salad selections of nincompoop, obfuscate, potentate, quiescent, retread, somnolent, truculent, underwear, ventriloquist, whichever, Xanadu, youthful, Zoology. We tried the revers order.   The Animal population study of the...

NO SNOW YET, BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE IT.

It looks like it will be a big snow when it comes.  The air is icy and the clouds thick.    Yesterday the clouds were thick in each direction but the overhead looked sort of white.  Now they are thick and the air is colder than before.  The ground is...

WHY "RONSON"S DON'T WORK

Ronson cigarette lighters - Once state of the art and very nice design. When new theyworked like a charm.  The were conspicuous consumer items. You needed one because they always worked. They are almost too beautiful to throw away, and they were...

NOT IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON

The weather has had some cold spells but has basically been warm.  I can't get the Christmas spirit.  I'll look around and see if i can find any Christmas movies to move me into seasonal compliance.  My favorites are Its a Wonderful Life;  The...

MAKING WATER FRESH

Earth does it easily. It is only difficult for man. Water vapor rises from oceans lakes and pools.  It is wafted in the atmosphere and eventually falls in the form of snow, sleet or rain. But you can use this same method to make your own water...