The eternal city….

Is not Rome, contrary to popular belief. It is Jerusalem. One of the really great things about my current status in life ( which I have earned, like my retirement pay-unlike the assertations of some assholes) is that I get to travel to Israel a good deal. It is a fascinating country. My favorite city […]

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Drafted back into service

And like a moth to the flame, with Trump proving every day that he was far worse than anyone could have ever imagined, I’ve decided to heed Victor Lazlo’s advice: The last six months have been so utterly crazy, and there are just too many things to say, that I resolved to myself that I […]

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It is so close to my current situation, it hurts.

As the totally screwed up merger continues:   While I was back in Shopping Mall, I learned what I long suspected, the little weasel who engineered this abomination had been hard at work over the past six months planting ideas with all the wrong people. This, after he lied to all of us and said he […]

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My timing is always bad

For the record, I really hate sand traps. I hate them with a passion. Today was a beautiful day and so the S.O. and I went to play golf. This may be the last time we get to play this year. But we picked a GREAT day to play. The sun was out, the leaves […]

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Rage against the machine

I have one foot in the graveyard and the other on the bus, And the passengers do trample each other in the rush. And the chicken hearted lawman is throwing up his fill To see the kindly doctor to pass the super pill. Well, I'm going down, three cheers for Doctor Bogenbroom. Well, I'm on […]

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Road trip

"Skippy, Paul Ryan has us on double secret sequester probation,  whatever that is." " I know that". " And you are already taking a 20 % pay cut-that you didn't deserve and can't afford." "I know that too". " And furthermore-you've got a stack of credit card bills that would choke a horse. American Express […]

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Happy Independence Day

Or as the German’s refer to it-just another work day. But for me it was good-slept for about 12 hours recharging my batteries from hard booming work in Bucharest. Took the S.O. down to France today-and we did some French wine shopping. Came back to a dinner of Chinese food and German beer. What better […]

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I have seen the whole of the internet…..

And trust me-its not pretty. I have been in a very pessimistic mood lately. I think it has a lot to do with the transactional nature of the interactions we have with others on the internet. I’ll expand upon that in a couple of paragraphs, but it has me wondering whether the time has come […]

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

There has been little free time of late-between the preparations for a fairly large meeting this week-made more complex because of the sequester and the rape of our travel money; my Hebrew classes and the general nonsense.  It has meant I have had to put together a string of electronic video conferences. That's some thing […]

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Strasbourg and New Years Eve

Well it has begun. My own personal hell known as the "new years eve cleaning to welcome the new year". The cleaning is called Susuharai, or soot-sweeping. Both inside and outside the house, the stains, physical and spiritual, of the past year are rubbed out in order to purify the home and make it fresh for […]

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While I was out

It has been a busy week and had no time to post. Pretty successful round of meetings this week and then a side trip to go see my father. We set out to return to Deutschland tomorrow, hopefully to arrive not too jet lagged on Sunday morning. I have been doing a lot of deep […]

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Wistful, on a sunny Saturday morning.

Chloe: I haven't met that many happy people in my life. How do they act? From the movie, The Big Chill   I have been back in Shopping Mall for the these past three days-taking meetings and combining it with a surprising stroll down memory lane. As with my previous visits and returns to the […]

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