I was at a car show on Long Island, Sunday, where I met a guy who owns a 1969 Hurst Rambler drag car. American Motors officially designated the model as a Scrambler. I told him that I saw a custom Pontiac at Barrett-Jackson in Connecticut last Wednesday. The Pontiac had Buick taillights, and it disturbed me that I knew the difference instantly, instead of knowing something that would make me a lot of money. He started correctly describing the difference between the taillights on a 61 Pontiac and a 61 Buick. I couldn’t help thinking, “A kindred spirit!” I don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing that I’m not the only one.
My back has been biting me recently. As a result, I’ve let yard maintenance slide and I had a lot more weeding to do than my back was willing to allow. So, I hired the lawn-care company my neighbor uses to do it for me on a one-time basis. It cost a bit, but it was like magic. Four people who are used to this kind of work, know what they are doing and have proper tools took care of everything in about two hours. I’m not going to give up doing normal yard care myself yet, but that idea is sure tempting.
One thing did occur to me, lawn-care companies and house-cleaning companies ought to exchange sales-contact lists. In my home, while my wife and I share both inside and outside work, she does more of the inside and I more of the outside. If I were to hire a company to mow the lawn and do yard cleanup, I’d be benefitting myself more than my wife, so it would only be natural for me to want to do something nice for her as well, if that should happen.
If you ever wonder if you’re still young at heart, here’s a sure-fire way to find out. When is the last time you deliberately made yourself dizzy?
On Facebook the other day, one of my friends wished another, “Mazel tov.” Oddly, at least to me, Facebook offered to translate the phrase to English. Where I grew up, mazel tov is English.
I like the recent addition to Facebook that allows me to choose to see all comments, most relevant, or most recent. I’d like it better if it allowed me to set a default value for that. I’d like it much better, if when I choose “all comments,” it shows me all the comments, instead of showing maybe two or three and then making me click to see more.
I don’t object that the special deal Sirius XM satellite radio offered me costs me $6.06 a month. I object that they said it cost $4.99. The extra charge, revealed in the process of signing up, is to cover music royalties. But music royalties are part of their business overhead. I suppose next they’ll assess me a separate fee to cover the cost of the electricity they use to stay on the air.