That’s not the “double vision” I mean…

So I recently finished up my cataract surgery.  My eyes are healing reasonably well, and I should receive my new progressive lenses from my ophthalmologist in about a week.  Until then, I’m using drugstore magnifying specs to get through my day – at least for close-up work.  Distance viewing is fine. Which is why, last…

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Marc Hunter’s “Night and Day” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

My unabashed love for the New Zealand rock band Dragon is unquestioned and undisputed.  That being said, you don’t normally expect the charismatic lead singer of a rock band to record an album of jazz and pop standards, and if he does, you don’t expect it to veer too far from what fans would normally…

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Preparing for my taxes in the age of Donald Trump

I have a personal tax preparation agent.  The moment I get my tax forms, I race to his place.  We sit at his kitchen table, he sharpens his pencils, he pulls out an old solar-powered calculator, and we go to work.  At some point in time, his pet cat will walk into the kitchen and…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, February 9 2019

Did you get your Valentine’s Day shopping finished?  Did you get that special bouquet or box of candies or overly desperate 6-foot teddy bear for your special someone? Well, if you[‘re still procrastinating … You can take some time and check out this week’s recap of some great bloggers, podcasters and photographers as I take…

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Albany Patroons go 7-0 with overtime win!

Do whatever it takes to win. Even if you’re down by double digits. And that’s what happened with the Albany Patroons last night.  Despite a 6-0 undefeated run, the Pats started off their match against the Mesquite Desert Dogs with a deficit.  The Dogs had some early 3-pointers and took off with the lead. But…

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An NBL Canada Instant Classic: London 147, Windsor 144 in double overtime

Between them, the London Lightning and the Windsor Express have won six of the National Basketball League of Canada’s seven championships.  Both teams play each other with an intensity matched only by some of the greatest sp[orts rivalries of all time – Yankees-Red Sox, Steelers-Patriots, Canadiens-Maple Leafs, you understand what I say. This was a…

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The return of the Twilight Zone – six years after I heard it was returning

Six years ago, I wrote a blog post about the return of a fifth iteration of the Twilight Zone, the Rod Serling-hosted anthology series of science fiction and fantasy. A quick recap.  The original Twilight Zone lasted for five seasons and received much acclaim.  The show was resurrected in 1985 as an hour-long CBS anthology…

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I need them and I can’t walk away

“Which is better?” she said to me.  “One? Or Two?  One … Two…” “Two,” I said. This went on for about three or four minutes.  A few moments later, the procedure repeated. Essentially … I’ll have new glasses in about two weeks.  That “one and two” was an eye exam. After five decades WITH glasses…

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Black Mirror: USS Callister on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

I had no desire to watch the Super Bowl yesterday.  Hell, I don’t even know who won, although I suspect that with all the memes on Facebook this morning, I wouldn’t have been happy with the results.  Something about the refs giving the victory to the Patriots.  That, and Maroon 5 doing the halftime show. …

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