A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Not much to report this week. My neighbor called and apologized for leaving his suspenders in Illinois. The most frequent question I get is "How long do you think you can keep this suspenders thing going?" My wife keeps telling me to write shorter posts. The Penrose family blog (Penrose Mornings, linked on the right) keeps turning up unexpected family history gems that no one other than the person who had them ever knew existed.
Page views for the week totaled 1789; total to date, 11828 which still remains nearly 12000 more page views than would have occurred if I had continued writing various things and stashing them on my closet shelf. If you are interested in blogging, one of the best sources is ProBlogger which you can subscribe to either by email or RSS feed. I find more useful stuff on this source than any other I have come across. So we forge ahead.
This wonderful photo of wild poppies was taken by my neighbor Shirley Surfus, who is an outstanding outdoor and bird photographer. She has given me permission to post some of her photos occasionally on my blog, but she asks that you do not copy or reproduce her photos in any way. Just look. Thank you!
I'm always on the lookout for books and movies that I otherwise would probably never have heard of and that would be worth reading and watching. David R. Godine, Publisher, has released the latest copy of their catalogue featuring Black Sparrow Books. Their philosophy of book selling is to have readers support "a modicum of diversity in an industry that has become increasingly homogenized . . ." Further, "We, and a few others, remain an island of quality in a sea of mediocrity."
Books from their latest catalogue that tempt me include "The Superior Person's Field Guide to Deceitful, Deceptive, and Downright Dangerous Language" by Peter Bowler who takes "linguistic deformities" to task, such as using "unforeseen geological event" for "mining disaster." Another tempting book is "A Cottage Garden Alphabet" by Andrea Wisnewski, which is a "gorgeous book that will delight gardeners young and old." The book is composed of twenty-six images that were "cut with a blade into paper, printed, then hand painted . . ."
Unless you are too jaded to be even remotely interested in wonderful books off the beaten path of the Costco and New York Times Best Seller list, you will love this exceptional book catalogue. You can contact Godine, publisher, on this link.
MSN Money Central has collected a series of useful articles on retirement savings and strategies for managing personal finances for retirement. Americans typically are not saving enough money for a safe financial future upon retirement, and the advice given here should be helpful to everyone at any age who should be planning ahead for their ultimate retirement. Read the articles here.
As you can see, the Curmudgeonly Professor has been into making lists the last few days. Here are five things I have been thankful for the last few days:
1. Multiple-colored tulips, white lilacs, and purple lilacs.
2. Watching a seven or eight year old girl skip gleefully down the sidewalk as we were driving by.
3. Listening to the birds sing their hearts out when I go out to get the newspaper at 5:00 a.m.
4. Our children and grandchildren.
5. That my wife and I are still together and that she still corrects all of my numerical statements down to three decimal points.
Please do not advise the Curmudgeonly Professor to get a life, get over it, deal with it, or forget about it. Curmudgeonly people, by nature, are gripers, and they would not be living up to their reputation if they never acted irritated about stuff. So here are ten things to be irritated about today:
1. Getting used dental floss off of wet fingers.
2. Aggressive shopping cart shovers who are simultaneously yapping on cell phones and barging their way through the store aisles jeopardizing the life and limbs of others.
3. People who turn on their cell phone screens, text message, take camera phone photos, and have their flashing screen lights annoy everyone around them in concerts, at the movies or in any groups.
4. People who go through pre-packaged produce, like strawberries, and pick the best berries (or other fruit) out of other packages to put in their own.
5. Sports announcers who persist in carrying on trivial conversations among themselves or laughing boisterously at inside jokes and forget they were hired to call the game. Call the game, bozos, or find another job! We have raised this issue before.
6. People who wait until their $300 order at Costco or Wal*Mart is rung up and then say, oh, by the way, here is a fistful of coupons. So you wait another ten or fifteen minutes.
7. Mommies with ten kids who frequent the free food sample stands at the stores and wipe out everything before you can get your fair share.
8. Obnoxious television ads that continue to bombard viewers over and over and over.
9. Television ads that interrupt an occasional good program every few minutes.
10. Ads attached to the Sunday funnies. Sacrilegious.
If we work at it, we can actually get irritated about nearly everything, but this list should remind you of a few irritations that you can complain about.
Here are five benefits of Saturday coming around again:
1. We don't have to watch Leno and Letterman tonight.
2. Costco is too crowded to bother with today.
3. Lin's Grocery has free hot dogs, which I am not supposed to eat.
4. USA Today doesn't publish Saturdays or Sundays, assuming, I am sure, that the world and it's events will wait for Monday before anything newsworthy happens. So that is one less crossword puzzle to do and one less newspaper to read.
5. We can inaugurate a new ten-point self-improvement program today and reap the benefits by just meditating about what miraculous changes we will undergo.
Here are five things to definitely do this week:
1. Be sure to watch PBS's "Sense and Sensibility" Sunday, 9ET/PT, which USA Today rates as "truly a masterpiece."
2. Schedule a colonoscopy if you are over 50 and either have never had one or haven't had one for years. Just do it. We would rather not hear later about your colon cancer which might have been prevented if you hadn't been so squeamish, procrastinating, and brain dead.
3. Begin decluttering your junk and clean up your mess. Read about how a cluttered life can mean a fat butt on my Weight Loss blog linked at the right.
4. Phone someone you haven't talked to for awhile who needs your encouragement.
5. Wear your suspenders to Costco, but be sure to go when they have the free food samples, unlike yesterday when I got gypped and they only had two samples, and one was dry cereal. A real downer.
This is the new quilt. I used to tell my students that if they could learn to read, they could learn to do almost anything - this is a proof in point. I saw the author of the technique, Louisa L. Smith, on Simply Quilts a couple of years ago, bought the book, and put it on the shelf. I had so much fun with the other circle quilt, that I decided to try the technique. One can arrange and re-arrange the blocks to go every which way until the design works. If you put this on the blog, please don't call it the April Fools quilt.
I will name this quilt "Garden Party" because that is what the focus fabric (flowers) is called. Thanks for sharing it.