As PC came in, nicknames swept beyond the outfield, out of the jukebox, even the ballot box

As it happens, the seven-footer resents being called Stretch, the anorexic loathes the name Twiggy, and imagine the consternation of the awards-show host and recipient when the announcement comes: “It goes to Blind Lemon Jefferson.” … More As PC came in, nicknames swept beyond the outfield, out of the jukebox, even the ballot box

Look what happens when a local columnist tries to be Mark Twain

“As visitors to the resort for more than 20 years, the parrots are the first things we visit when we arrive.” The prepositional phrase dangles at the start of this tautology, which is taken from the MailBox column of Westways, the AAA of SoCal’s mag. The people visit; the parrots, much to their own chagrin, stay put.… More Look what happens when a local columnist tries to be Mark Twain

What I told my dracaena about bottled spring water

I don’t care what that website says, from now on, my dear dracaena, you’re just another member of the household staff. No more being mollycoddled with bottled spring water. Drink tapwater with the rest of us. In fact, you should feel guilty for creating so much waste, those bottles going into the recycling bin and then, as… More What I told my dracaena about bottled spring water

Breakfast with all the trimmings, including pet peeves and a hog’s squeal

South Haven, Mich.—At breakfast this morning in Captain Nemo’s restaurant, I overheard the talk of two men, one of whom had already distinguished himself by saying, “You can use every bit of a hog but the squeal.” In fact, he did most of the talking. But late in the session, the other one listed his… More Breakfast with all the trimmings, including pet peeves and a hog’s squeal

Winnowing out the Rolodex could mean the end of something, but I don’t know what (and maybe don’t care)

  Story and photo by Ronald Ahrens Every so often, I weed out my Rolodex. The reason I still have a Rolodex is because of stapling business cards onto the blanks, a good way to match logos with name-o’s. I first saw this Mandarin system on the desk of Jean Jennings. Blank cards are getting hard… More Winnowing out the Rolodex could mean the end of something, but I don’t know what (and maybe don’t care)