Live in the Service Economy
Elvis reports: “Subject: Life today.
“Elvis was in a mid-sized city in Wisconsin, and his mother’s cellphone battery was dying. He offered to head to the cellphone store and just get a new phone, but Mom likes this one and knows how to use it.
Continue reading “What does it take to get a new cellphone battery? And how much will it cost?”
Our pets, ourselves
Including: In memoriam
Grandma Pat, “formerly of rural Roberts, Wisconsin,” writes: “Subject: Our animal companions.
“The number of residents in our senior apartment has diminished. My sister Nancy has had to send her canine companion Maggie — an intrepid Australian Blue Heeler (also healer) — off to the spirit world.
Continue reading “Mr. Wiggles steps up to fill the void that Maggie left . . .”
Here & There
The Astronomer of Nininger writes: “Subject: Blowing in the Wind.
“We’ve heard that this past winter was a cold and windy one. We have only anecdotal information upon which to base any judgment of that status, but the Good Wife and I smile at each other when people complain about the wind. We used to live in Wyoming, where they say that if the wind ever stopped blowing, everyone would fall down.
Continue reading “Windy? You call this windy? Well, let me tell you about windy!”
Fun facts to know and tell
Gregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “Subject: The Tormé-Toni connection.
“In my very slow and unsteady journey to put together a history of the Toni Co., I sometimes come across little tidbits that appear to have been lost to time. This is one such story.
Continue reading “The Mel & Toni Story — on 78-rpm “vinylite” discs: “One for My Baby,” and three more for the road!”
The Golden Age of TV Sitcoms
Zoo Lou of St. Paul: “Subject: American History Lesson, courtesy of Barney Fife.
“When I was in college, I had a double-major in journalism and history. I’ve always enjoyed the study of history, although I admit it can be difficult to work the Council of Trent, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Punic Wars into a casual conversation, not to mention all those dates (a necessary evil).
Continue reading ““If you’re gonna get smart-alecky, maybe I won’t even tell you!””