Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Oh ... a hunger strike.
Remember last week when I said that there's a new diet craze every week? This week, it's apples. People who eat an apple a half hour before lunch consume 187 fewer calories during their regular meal, "they" say. So now, the latest thing is to eat an apple before lunch so you'll - um - eat less. That's right. You know me, and you know that I can't take that on face value.
Certainly, apples are a great food, and we're probably better off eating one than some of the crap we throw down at lunch - that's a given.
... a medium apple has 125 calories, so you're really only "saving" 80 calories. Why didn't the article mention that part? ...
... I wonder quietly to myself.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The online auction web site was founded in San Jose, California on September 3, 1995 by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar as AuctionWeb, part of a larger personal site that included, among other things, Omidyar's own tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Ebola virus.
Over the past month or so, I’ve listed about 20 items a week. Most of them sell, some for more than I would have thought and others for less. Sales are quickly approaching four-digit territory and I still have closets full of stuff remaining.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Today, I received in the postal mail, a letter. On the envelope, it said, "IMPORTANT: INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR VEHICLE ENCLOSED. PLEASE READ THE ENCLOSED INFORMATION CAREFULLY". Since my vehicle is only 2 years old, I wondered if it was a recall notice or some other bit of information about my car. The envelope had only 31 cents postage, which should have been a tip-off, but I felt that I should open it, since it seemed to contain something important. What was inside was a sales pitch from Country Ford Mercury Jeep in Elmer, NJ. There was nothing about my vehicle, only an offer (personally addressed to me) to attend a "Test Market Program" between October 24 and 27, 2007.
Screw you, CNN. It takes a lot of guts to sit there in Atlanta, of all places, and tell us that we are not stylish or worldly.
"We were asking people to vote on attractiveness, not unattractiveness. Travel & Leisure editors believe there are a lot of attractive people in Philadelphia," she said. "The relative attractiveness of its residents is only a minuscule factor in evaluating a city's merit."
So, why bring it up at all? And boy, isn't it great to hear that the editors believe that there are a lot of attractive people here. My life is complete.
I've never figured out what all those "most attractive" resident surveys were all about. Who is judging this and how can they possibly rank cities? Here's a news flash: There are ugly people everywhere and attractive people everywhere. There's no point in a list saying that one city is more attractive than another, and I'll put Philadelphia up against any other city on your list for arts, culture, sports, entertainment or food.
Visitors have no perspective on anything after spending a vacation here, and residents have no perspective because they only know Philadelphia.
Your survey is judged as being irrelevant.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Seven-year-old Kyle Walker was suspended for one day this month because he drew a stick figure shooting a gun. His mother, Shirley McDevitt, says officials at the Dennis Township Primary School told her the drawing violated a zero-tolerance policy for guns.
McDevitt says her son told her the drawing showed a water gun and not a firearm. But school officials won't comment on the matter.