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(Almost) That Time of Year

For the first time in 2009 I rode my scooter to work. I did start it once in early January as I was shoveling the driveway, but otherwise it has sat untouched for nearly three months. And it was pissed for being neglected. It took me more than 10 minutes just to get it started. And then I […]

Plan, Plain, Plane

Just two more days until we head off to Mexico. We finished laundry last night so I began the packing process (it takes me a few days to evaluate my needs, make changes, etc…). This is going to be an 8 day trip so I need to pack more than I usually do (we won’t […]

Sympathy for the Devil

That really is one of my favorite songs. But that’s beside the point. Today I’m talking politics (I know….here we go again). Since last week’s post on Obama’s foreclosure prevention program, friends have come down on my pretty hard. It appears that a good chunk of my friends are one of two things: 1 – […]

What a Difference a Day Makes!

OK, maybe not so much a day, but two months. After our usual game night on Friday night (thanks to Brett we learned a new game: Apples to Apples) Randy and I headed to the Cape on Saturday to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday. The last time I saw him was at Christmas, shortly after […]

Give Me a (Financial) Break!

No, seriously! If the government is in hand-out mode I want part of the action. Unfortunately, I’m responsible. I didn’t purchase my homes with no money down and 100% financing. I didn’t purchase a home twice as large as I needed. I didn’t purchase a home twice as expensive as I could afford. Now, I […]

Stop Yelling At Me!

Sheesh, I don’t blog for a few days and the emails come pouring in (yet, people STILL don’t leave comments on the actual blog…perhaps if I got more comments, I’d post more frequently?). Anyway, it’s been a busy (long) weekend entertaining my friend, Mark. He arrived from Paris on Friday afternoon. That night, we ordered […]

Let Me Entertain You

My friend, Mark, arrives from Paris this afternoon. This will be his second visit to Boston (both during the crappiest weather times of year). At least this time it’s supposed to be bright sunshine every day (albeit a bit chilly). We only have a few plans set in stone (wings and cards tonight…the usual Friday […]

Stimulate My Package

Ok, I’m a bit perplexed about my taxes. Instead of hiring a CPA, I’ll just solicit answers from the world at large. Last year I was eligible to receive one of those stimulus package rebates. Now, I was under the impression that those were designed to stimulate the economy by having you spend it. I […]

Vegetables: Good and Bad

I generally love vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, grean beans, peas, asparagus, zuchini, okra. You name it, and chances are I like it: steamed, baked, or raw. But there’s another vegetable that I’m not so fond of. This isn’t one you eat, it’s one you become. After a  whirlwind weekend getaway to San Francisco, the three […]

A Reason Randy Shouldn’t Want Me Going to the Gym

Randy forced me to go to the gym last night. I hadn’t gone in weeks (not since my cold kicked in over two weeks ago). I’ve occasionally used my Wii Fit during this time, but I am the first to admit that i’ve not stepped foot in the gym in ages. And Randy should be […]