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I Miss…

The March of Time is, well marching on. And a lot of good things and people and ideas have gone away. I miss them. I miss…  those little vent windows at the front of the side windows on cars. I miss… Peter Jennings doing the ABC News. I miss… the Lands’ End Square Rigger attaché bags. I miss… going to the A&W Root Beer drive in and getting a Baby Beer with mom and dad. I miss… the old Banana Republic catalogs. I miss… the original air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. I miss… watching Alan Alda as Hawkeye on M*A*S*H. I miss… the thrill of writing my first computer programs in BASIC. I miss… playing guitar really, really well. I miss… my mother’s breakfast of eggs and bread and some other stuff (and Love) in a little bowl. I miss… Sally, Dick and Jane. I miss… the feeling of control over my finances I had when I used Microsoft Money. I miss… the education I got from the old Comer-era Lands’ End catalogs. I miss… putting in the miles on my Schwinn LeTour Luxe bicycle. I miss… being a writer. I miss… Mary Tyler Moore. I miss… family reunions. I miss… people being ashamed of being ignorant, instead of being proud. I miss… the American space program. I miss… Plymouth cars. I miss… the Double-K (actually the Double-KK, but never called that) restaurant. I miss… crossing the country in a time […]

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So How About That Honda?

As my Dad would ask in any lull in the conversation, “So, how’s that car runnin’?” My Honda Fit is running fine. I don’t drive it a lot—it has less than 6000 miles on it after a year, so it could conceivably last me forever at this rate. I have had it long enough by now to know what I really enjoy and to know what I wish they had spent a little more time on, so let’s talk about some of that. This is the third-generation Fit, and the first one to be radically restyled. The first one was a plain and simple, honest little econo-car. A wonderful hatchback praised by the motor press and by its owners all around the planet. The newer model, the second-generation version differed from the first seemingly only in little details. The first-gen car had one crease down the center of the hood, the follow-on car had two. Otherwise the family resemblance is strong and immediate. I loved the look of those first two cars. But my car? My car was designed to appeal to the same kids who need tennis shoes that make their feet look either reptilian or like some kind of a space man. The new car features all manner of faux air intakes and exhausts like you would see […]

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Uncle Frank…

The first experience with Death that I can remember was when my uncle Frank died. He’d been sick for a long time with some kind of a kidney ailment. The state of the medical arts was not as good back then as it is today. Today, they might have put him on a list for a transplant, or maybe by now there are medicines that would help, I don’t know—I was about seven or eight, I think. He’d gone from hospital to hospital, from doctor to doctor to specialist and specialist. Frank had a bit of money, but it didn’t help him. At some point, the medical people told his wife to take him home and make him as comfortable as she could and to… wait. We’d gone to visit him a couple of times. The first time he was just sleeping. He looked like Uncle Frank, only a little sallow, and a little thinner than I’d remembered him. He looked tired. The second time we went he scared me. He got out of bed and was hallucinating and yelling and cussing and wanted to pull at the various tubes and hoses. His wife and kids calmed him down and got him back into bed and made sure that everything was still connected. They scolded him for his outburst and he […]

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And Again With the Losing

This week, I am wearing pants 4 inches smaller in the waist than I was a year ago. This keeps washing over me. Even my pants are lighter now, because there is less fabric in them! A little here, a little there. It all adds up. Or more properly, it all subtracts. Now I still enjoy a Jamocha shake now and then. I still enjoy a lot of things that made what I am today, or what I was yesterday, or however that best parses. But I’m a firm believer in the saying: Moderation in all things. Including Moderation.  I’m sure there will be setbacks. I’m sure there will be plateaus. I’m okay with that. I didn’t get here overnight. I’m not going to get back in a weekend or a week, either. But for now, I’m wearing pants that are 4″ tinier in the waistband than last week! Share This:

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Mark Justifies a New Car

So I bought a new car a while back. It’s not a big deal—it’s actually the smallest car Honda imports into America, pardon the pun. But in keeping with my Hiatt-ness, I got the loaded-uped-est version I could find. I bought a 2016 Honda Fit, sight unseen, having never driven one, on the strength of the reputation of the brand, the dealership and the salesman and the recommendation of friends. Take that, Consumer Reports! The dealership had to trade with a dealer in another city to get it here because with gasoline trending comfortably under $1.70 at the time nobody was interested in a car that got 45 miles per gallon except for me and they had only two on the lot, neither of which I was interested in. Constant Lurker will remember I was embarked upon a journey to keep a 1995 Honda Accord forever. It had 176,000 miles on it and all of the old timers kept telling me, with a chuckle, it was just getting broken in. It was a simple car with automatic transmission, cruise control, electric windows that pissed me off, electric door locks that the original owner installed that pissed me off and anti-lock brakes that had given up a couple of years ago, reverting to, well, just brakes. I had always repaired and […]

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I Miss Jay Leno

It’s been sixty-some shows now and I am really happy for the success that Jimmy Fallon has had, but as much as I hate to admit it, I miss Jay Leno. Part of it has to do with longevity. Leno, like Carson before him, was on for years and years and years. It became a part of life, to get through the day and crawl into bed and see who was on The Tonight Show, tonight. But the thing is, I was never really much of a fan of Leno. Share This:

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Back in the Saddle, Again….

I’ve been using this Web space for a great many things for a long time, now. Mostly I use this domain for e-mail, but I have been using the Web space for proof-of-concept kinds of things. You know, you read about some new technique or technology and you think you’d like to try that out. But you don’t want to put it on your server at work (you don’t want anyone at work to know how little you know!). So, I purchased this domain years ago and have used through the years to noodle around with HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, PHP and MySQL and more. You’ve heard the old saying that “Cobbler’s kids go barefoot”, right? Well, that’s me. After a long day of slaving away in the Web trenches, I wasn’t too keen on building out a real showcase site for myself—until now. Now, what started out as another proof-of-concept deal has lit a fire under my desire to learn much more about WordPress. So, here goes…. Share This: