Friday, October 05, 2018


The great thing about being a conservative politician is that you don't have to care about people.  As long as you keep your Papa Dog head of party happy, that's all you need.  Because liberals suck at firing up people, and conservatives are great at appealing to their base instincts..

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Israel Connect

In about two weeks, I start weekly sessions with two Israeli kids, and their teacher, to help them practice speaking English.  Should be fun.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018


When I bought my smartphone, I switched to TMobile because they offered phones with a chip that could be swapped, which was something I needed in order to be able to connect the phone to a SIM that was owned by a French network. (Trivia: apparently Orange is the big player there; the other networks, such as Lebara, buy space from them.  Guess what happens when Orange itself gets tight on space?)

I don't objectively know if TMobile is better than Verizon, the company I did have a connection to; in fact, given that Verizon has wider coverage, Verizon is probably better.  But I like TMobile more.  Part of that is smart marketing. .  Part of it is that they seem more responsive.  Part of it is that their website is not cluttered with ten thousand services that they want to sell you, unlike Verizon's.

And part of it is stuff like this.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Republican Mitch McConnell says there is no need for legislation to protect Robert Mueller because 'there is no sign that Trump plans to fire him'.  And, one presumes, if he does move to fire him, McConnell will say Well, shucks, too late, we can't do anything now.

And a California Republican apparently wanted to buy clothes for a vacation, but his wife said No, we don't have the money for that -- but just charge it to your campaign fund and mark it as Golf Balls for Wounded Warriors or Isomething like that.

I can see how this would take a lot of balls. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018


I totally do not get why people like food that looks like this.  I get that they do, but even just the thought of biting into something like this makes me nauseous.  Now a decent burger - that's a different story.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

French thoughts

We got back from France (and Italy) just over a week ago.  In the process, we evaded the brutal heat that is hitting parts of Europe now, we met three conversation partners whom I had never met in person before (one of whom gave me two massive books about Italian cooking and about the history of her seaside ville, and another of whom gave me a delightful commemorative T shirt for the French win in the World Cup; both are much appreciated, but I have to say that the T shirt is particularly close to my heart because the colors on the sleeve can be read as ours (red/white/blue) or theirs (blue/white/red; it is a quiet giggle for me to think that I'm wearing a shirt with the French colors on it, and no one knows it)

Plus, we got to see our friends in Toulouse, and stay on their farm for a few days -- hot, beause people there don't believe in air conditioning, but still quite nice; we got to see our friends in Bourgogne (arranged so that we would not be in Paris for 14 July, instead seeing the local fireworks -- that didn't work out, because the wife was recovering from some emergency surgery, but it was still good), we got to see my friend the Sorbonne doctorante, and, perhaps most notably, we got to stay with the family of our French exchange student, which was simultaneously overwhelming -- they are very nice, very generous people who stunned us on more than one occasion - and heartbreaking - I had to admit to myself that except for the occasional trip, I'm not going to  see her ever again, which saddened me a lot.  I know, I know, her life is there, not here.  She's their daughter, not ours. Still, the part of me that still believes in Santa thought that maybe, maybe.....

But overall, it was a very nice trip.