Things I Know

All of a sudden today, I noticed orange links in my blog, links that were also underlined in orange. They were ad links. At first I thought they were put up by my web host, but that’s not the case and the links probably didn’t appear in your browser becaues they were put up by an application that wound up on my computer. The application is from yontoo.com. Don’t know where it came from, but at least it uninstalled relatively easily.

Latest rumor I’’ve heard is that Ann Curry is being paid $10,000,000 to leave the Today show. She’’s supposedly owed $20,000,000 on the remainder of her contract, so they’’re still talking. I’’ve never been paid anywhere near $10,000,000 to go away, and I believe I’’m a lot more annoying than Ann Curry. I’’m not even sure Ann Curry is annoying at all.

Government geeks like me know that initiative and referendum is a process whereby voters can petition to have a direct vote on certain matters the legislature either didn’’t pass or wouldn’’t consider. Under this procedure, decisions are often based on emotion rather than fact. That’’s why I’’m proud of the citizens of North Dakota who voted this month not to make property taxes unconstitutional. North Dakota’s economy is thriving right now, so they don’’t really need property taxes that much at present, but the responsible citizens of North Dakota know they might need them in the future, so they didn’’t outlaw them.

On Cable TV, the Speed Channel is rerunning a show called ““101 Cars You Must Drive.”” The show’’s about four or five years old. Some of the cars are interesting, but you really don’’t learn much about any of them. One of the cars on the list is GM chief stylist Harley Earl’’s 1950 Buick LeSabre concept car. The name was used on later production Buicks and some style elements of that car were seen in later GM production cars too, but there’’s nothing special about the way it drives, and they didn’’t drive it.

The dermatologist I go to has an aesthetician attached to his practice. I know it’’s not, but I can’’t help thinking that’s a person who’’s licensed to tell me what’’s pretty, and what’s isn’’t.

I learned this week that someone I know is related to Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. We’’re not close. I didn’’t know about the relationship when I saw them recently, so we didn’’t talk about it. And, I don’’t want to say anymore because I don’’t want to identify them. But it is a small world.

I would pay an insignificant amount of money for legal DVD’s or on-line streaming of Hoppity Hooper cartoons.

You would think that streets named First Street would be more common than streets named Second or Third Street. According to the National League of Cities, you’’d be wrong about that.

Author: Tom

I know my ABC's, I can write my name and I can count to a hundred.