Khrushchev and a memory of my father

I stumbled across this episode of PBS’ American Experience this week. It had a special meaning to me because of my father’s brief involvement in the story. Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet dictator, made his first visit to the USA at the invitation of...

Reflections on (temporary) bachelorhood

My wife has been away for almost a week. Things I have learned: If I put a dirty dish in the sink and come back later, it’s still there. Having the whole bed to yourself is no benefit. Sure, I could sleep in the middle but then it’s harder to read the...

non compos mentis

Yesterday was colonoscopy day. After the procedure my wife drove me home. We talked about the giant screen TV they used to view my colon, and other topics. Having fasted for 24 hours, I ate an ice cream bar and a bowl of cereal. Then I turned on the TV and watched...

Braingames, pick pockets and a churro

In 1973, a Lebanese friend took me to a night club in Beirut. This was about six months before their long civil war broke out. The entertainment was a mix of Las Vegas style acts: bare breasted dancers, jugglers, singers and a magician. The magician asked for a...

I sneezed and went blind

Yes, that really happened to me. I am writing this post not for our regular audience, but as a contribution to the global hive mind, accessed via Google and others. It helped me and I owe it this. On 9/11/2011 I rose from a crouch while taking a photo and got what...

glowing hot

Until this week, we’ve enjoyed a cool summer. Temps only rose above 80 degrees for 20 days, max. But seasons in SoCal come in no particular order and now that autumn is here, we’re getting triple digit temperatures. You can beat the heat with AC or you can...