Monthly Archives: February 2012

Luck, Revisited

  “What God is particularly good at,” says my friend EC, “is kicking you in the stomach.”  There’s not much sense having a Nietzschean discussion with E on this point. She’s had a tough few months. She got ill and … Continue reading

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The Weight of Words

  Our country is [tubby] obsessed with weight. In developed nations, and perhaps for the [pudgy] very first time in the history of humankind, we have reversed an age-old [fat] trend: the skinny people are generally well off while the … Continue reading

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Adieu, Sharp

It’s a sad moment when a man’s very first electronic organizer dies, as mine did earlier today. I bought my Sharp OZ-7600 in 1991 when it was the hottest new thing on the market. With a whopping 32 KB of … Continue reading

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Luck

  Luck, it is said, is when opportunity meets preparedness. The definition has a nice, orotund feel to it; it is a pronouncement Dr. Phil might utter as a live TV audience nods its aggregate head.   I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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A Cause for Concern

  There are things, I believe, that should disturb us. An ad for Louis Vuitton, for example, showing Bono and Ali (his wife) with their LV bags, having recently alit from a small plane in what I assume is the … Continue reading

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Safety and Security

  Independence Avenue in Washington, DC, is one of the city’s main arteries, running from the Potomac River up to the Capitol and beyond. The Department of Agriculture is there, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and the HEW building. … Continue reading

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Games Won and Lost

  The kids moved well but couldn’t shoot. They ran from one end of the court to the other with style and grace, but when it came to making points, the ball went under or over the hoop. The final … Continue reading

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