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Sunday
Jun292014

A Wheel Story About Wheel Men and Women

New Orleans, Louisiana

Twenty-six floors below me, the freighters winding along the Mississippi river through New Orleans, dodging the paddle wheelers teaming with tourists, seemed touchable.

Riders at the 22nd annual AmeriVespa rally in New Orleans line up to witness a scooter wedding. California scooteress Cynthia marries Philly scooter guy Christian.Several hundred Vespa owners converged at the Hilton Riverside for the 22nd annual AmeriVespa rally in mid-June. Scooters, ranging from grandfather vintage to tricked-out with rocket launcher signal-lights, or in nautical attire and, of course, our modern classic, cruised the Big Easy.

This rally, which included...

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Wednesday
Mar052014

Almost Ready

Sebring, Florida

I am obsessed. With a Facebook page. Two actually.

Road Talk and Trucker's Weather Updates and Road Conditions.

So complete is my obsession that MacGyver is waking every morning to his coffee, served in his red Ferrari mug, and my crash report.
This was a routine winter drive on US87 enroute to Great Falls, Montana in January 2013. But winter conditions this year seem anything but routine. Two Facebook pages which report weather and road conditions for big truck drivers, including multi-vehicle pileups has become my staycation obsession.
“I need to unfriend them,” I tell him almost every day. “It's freaking me out.”

It’s, like, an addiction....

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Thursday
Jan022014

So Long Cali, It's Been Good To Know You

“There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall, and the bells in the
steeple too.... Regretfully they tell us, but firmly they compel us, to say goodbye to you.”

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Saturday
Dec282013

2013: New Sights New Heights

Tucson, Arizona

It likely comes as no surprise that I am a goal-oriented person. And the end of the year is my finish line.

I believe in aiming high. When I aim high, I come out farther ahead than when I’ve aimed more realistically. I have learned that writing my goals down on paper, specific goals with numbers and details attached and putting them in my wallet, keeps me on target. And most importantly MacGyver has learned that my goals are his goals. ("Get on board or get left behind," is his translation.)

Dancing on the Louisiana bayou, not far from Henderson, at Whiskey Creek. Where the oldsters out manoeuvred the youngsters, dancing up a storm to the Zydeco Bands.Since my birthday is at the end of the year, my favorite present is my yearly review. How did we do?

WE Inc. is celebrating.

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Saturday
Dec212013

Attention Toronto: I Heard It At The Truckstop

Gary, Indiana

“...I’m a truck driver," I heard the voice from the toilet in the ladies restroom in the TA truck stop say as I walked in the door. "I can’t smoke crack cocaine.”

Before I divulge more of what I eavesdropped -- except when someone is talking in their outdoor voice on the toilet in a public restroom it is not eavesdropping -- I must confirm that bluetooth headsets have removed the boundaries of good taste for many people. It is common in both ladies and mens restrooms in truckstops for truck drivers to sit on the toilet and talk on the phone.

“I never watch the TV news, it’s too depressing,” she continued. “I musta been home cuz there it was on the TV," she said incredulously, “he said he smoked crack cocaine.”

Long pause while my friend listens. “They say smoking crack cocaine makes your mind not right, it must, because he said it ON TV!!”

I knew who she was talking about the minute I heard the first mention of crack cocaine.

Toronto, you really hit the big time. Here’s an American truck driver, I can tell by the accent, who spends most of her time on the road and readily admits that she almost never watches television and she knows that the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, admitted that he has smoked crack cocaine.

That’s notoriety.