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Saturday, October 8, 2011
"IT or not IT, that's the question."

JIM

Why does Information Technology (IT) keep getting smaller? First, the standard was a desktop PC. Then, my university's IT office issued me a laptop. "You can take it with you when you travel." Great… now I can never be out of touch with my beloved colleagues or my revered boss.

Then came the Apple iPad. The iPad is sort of a glass-half-full-or-half-empty kind of gadget. Either you see it as half a laptop or twice an iPhone. I think you can guess how I see it.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

America's crumbling infrastructure – including bridges, roads, rail lines, waste treatment facilities and dams – has become one of the issues heading into next year's presidential race.

A century ago, it was human error – the faulty construction of a reservoir in Potter County – that was blamed for a tragedy that wiped out the town of Austin, killing 78 people.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

When I was in high school, I loved poetry.

I loved reading it. I loved writing it.

The words seemed to flow from my pen every time I put the tip to paper. The world inspired me in ways I couldn't explain.

By the end of the day, my notebooks would be filled with scribbled down thoughts that eventually became a collection of poems.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I had the pleasure of doing the Reader's Turn this week and I realized the question's details required more background on my part so I could answer the possible inquiries it could generate. If you look back or ahead to the Reader's Turn on the Spotlight Page and read the question it will help you with what I'm writing.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sometimes there's a communications gap when dealing with the younger generation.

"I think I have a bad disc," I said to the store clerk. She wasn't convinced.

"How do you know the disc is the cause of your problem," she asked. "It could very well be that your DVD player is bad."

"No, no," I said. "I'm referring to the disc in my back."

I was talking about a herniated disc. She was talking about Justin Bieber - a typical conversation between Methuselah and a teenybopper.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

If you want to see a bunch of happy retirees, come to Southwest Florida.

At least a few times a week I hear someone praising the good weather and the wonderful opportunities for leisure fun. Personally, I do that every day.

But for the past six months, I've been hearing a new sentiment: I should have waited longer to retire. And I've been hearing it from those I never thought would run into money problems.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

So. If you've been reading my column, you know we've been renovating the kitchen.

What started out as just putting in hardwood floors turned into a major renovation. It began on Feb. 22. Almost eight months later, it's still not completed. (I won't bore you with the details.) But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Only one thing remains to be done and that is to tile the backsplash. Yeah!

You know what I have learned through this experience?

I am the most indecisive person alive.

A home improvement project always costs more than you originally planned for.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Patrick Bartoletti, a chef in New York City, is a guy you have to admire, especially when he sits down at the kitchen table.

Patrick recently won an eating contest in New York in which he consumed (inhaled?) 32 Cannolis in six minutes.

What did he do to celebrate his victory? He headed for his favorite pizza joint.

"I didn't want to eat anything sugary for a while, but I'm not exactly full," he explained.

Who said chips aren't good for you? The guy who was credited with creating Doritos, Arch West, died last week. He was 97.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First Niagara is making like it's not such a big deal that it's branch bank in Summit Hill is going to close after the start of the new year. Well, it's a big deal to me, and I'm sure it is to a lot of other Summit Hill customers.

Watch Navy vs. Air Force today at noon on CBS. It's likely to be one of the most exciting, spirited college football games of the season.

Instead of blaming the officials for how often he gets hit, maybe the Eagles' Michael Vick should point a finger at his offensive line. They're the guys who get paid big bucks to protect him and keep him upright.