Saturday, April 30, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
I ran across the word “plebeian” when I was doing a crossword puzzle recently. Now there’s a noun I can’t recall using in conversation since I was in college. Today, it strikes me as a a word used by an elitist.. Other than academics, who would use that expression in a normal exchange? In no time at all, my imagination was off and running trying to envision how “plebeian” would come up in every day conversations:
- The butler at the French embassy in Washington approaches his boss at the breakfast table and said, “Monsieur, there’s a plebeian at the door who says his name is George Bush? Do you wish to see him?”
- One A- lister says to another, “Jean, this caviar is wonderful! Let the plebeians have their Friday night fish fry dinners. I’ll stick with this.”
- One cat to another: “Let’s see how long it takes these plebeians to figure out that calling us does no good. Why don’t they just leave a message? I’ll get back to them when it’s convenient.. If it’s convenient….”
- A sales associate at Neiman Marcus’s to a friend: “I hate spending time with these plebeians. Doesn’t Wal-mart carry Rolex watches?”
Any of you other plebeians have more examples?
Monday, April 25, 2005
Dan Tynan discusses the top five online scams in an article in PC World. Briefly they are:
- Auction fraud
- Phishing scams
- Nigerian 419 letter
- Postal forwarding/reshipping scam
- Congratulations, you've won an XBox (IPod, plasma tv, etc.)
Personally, I think we are most vulnerable to phishing because even if you just go to the link out of curiousity and don't fill in any blanks, you have already unknowingly given out information. Beware!
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Later that evening, the police came back to tell us the man who burst in had once lived in Manchester. He had gone to a reunion and inbibed a bit too much and then decided to visit an old friend who had once lived in the house where we were. They stated that they thought he was more frightened by our confrontation than we were.
They obviously didn't know that my personal bravery had been tested and I failed miserably.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
This time I read Sahara. And ladies, check out Dirk Pitt.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
There was plenty of humor on the side but my favorite was when my great-nephew, Alex, was finishing a piece of chocolate cake. He said, "Hey, Dad. You know that rule about only having only one piece of chocolate cake? Well, a raccoon ate about half of mine.........."
Friday, April 08, 2005
Now I've never had any great fascination for cooking. I'd rather read, or listen to music, or build things. So where does that leave me? Stressed out.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
are covered with word drawings.
The paints I use are the words
I brush in with my pen.
I intended to paint bright, pleasing pictures
for the eye
But somehow I got caught up with elusive images
perceived by the mind.
The challenge is in the infinite combinations
of composition, color and style
On the tiny canvas
of a few short lines.
But that is leading me away from the robins. I told a friend a couple of days ago that I had yet to see a robin this spring. But as I look out now, there are about thirty robins milling around in the snow, just outside my window. I wonder if they are there to reassure me that spring will come. At the moment, I am less worried about spring coming than the snow going.
Friday, April 01, 2005
It was written on April 4, 1999 and among many significant observations, he writes "
You can read in its entirety The Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, April 4, 1999.