Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

You must never lose faith in mankind because there will always be people out there willing to go the extra mile for you.

My wife watches our 14-month-old grandson, Sean James, during the week while my son and daughter-in-law are off at work.

Recently she was returning home early in the morning with Sean in his car seat when she experienced car trouble. What she thought was smoke filled the interior of the car. She quickly pulled over and got the little guy out of his seat as she feared the car might be on fire.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


When you work with words all day, sometimes it's fun just to play with them. Take for example the following sent in by a subscriber who wanted to share them with other readers.

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A column, some weeks back, listed a whole slew of Burma Shave ads, those relics of the past that dotted our highways back in the 1930s and 40s. We had such a good response to that column, obviously from people who have been around long enough to remember those days and those signs, that we came up with a few more you may remember.

For those too young to remember, just think of it as a simpler time when text messaging wasn't even dreamed of. But messages managed to get to us just the same.

Thanks to Burma Shave for more than just a close shave.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Autumn. And many of us are in the Autumn of our lives, a time where we reflect on how things once were.

Way back when we didn't have anything called "fast food." Microwave ovens weren't even a dream in anyone's mind, except some mad scientist somewhere.

If someone asked me today, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?" I'd tell them, "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up. "All the food was slow."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today, some golf humor, and, no, it has nothing to do with my inept game, which is no laughing matter.

These, from a loyal reader.

Golfer's Credo

* Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.

* Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

* When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

We think of college students, even though just starting out, as young adults. The label "child" ends with their graduation from high school. After all, 18-year-olds are old enough to die for their country, so why should they be thought of as anything less that adults.

But they're still young. Very young. Members of this fall's entering college class of 2014 have emerged as a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Back when I was a youngster, my father drove a 1947 Buick, a big, dark green Roadmaster that if it had a gun turret attached to it could pass for a Sherman tank (something my father also drove during the Battle of the Bulge).

That Buick came equipped with Dynaflow (no more stick shift), and wide white-walled tires that we scrubbed with Bon Ami cleanser to keep them lily white.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

By Bob Urban

Even though I sit in front of a computer most of the day, I still find myself longing for the old days, when things were simpler and less stressful. You know, the days well before Sept. 11, 2001. We made do with a lot less than, and maybe we were better off for it. A reader sent along this poem that brings back many good memories. For instance, we had:

A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street.

A lawn mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Labor Day weekend, the final holiday of the summer season. And wasn't it just last weekend that we were observing Memorial Day? Time's moving much too fast.

In honor of Labor Day, today's column is geared toward the working man – the do-it-yourselfer who boldly tackles chores around the house.

It's aimed at readers in their 20s to their 90s and how they would handle the following scenario.

It's funny, and thank you to the loyal reader who wanted it shared with other loyal readers.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our military is a no nonsense organization, no matter what branch you serve. Some of the most logical wisdom comes from training manuals.

A case in point was recently sent to me by a reader. See if you agree with the intelligence of the following advice that came from various manuals.

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'

– Infantry Journal

'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'

– US. Air Force Manual

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'