What Arena Are You In?

Maimi, with one loss, was trounced by Clemson last night 38-3. Sometimes, no matter what your record, what matters most is the level of the competition. Champions have to win consistently, not just against weaker teams. The year the Miami Dolphins went undefeated (1972) their opponents were weak teams with not a contender among them. In fact ONLY two teams had a winning record and the combined record was 70-122-4. When the Patriots finished the season (2007) undefeated, six of their …


You Seem Changed

Returned home after a trip and my desk top computer notified me that Microsoft Office had corrupted and had to build a “new identity.” I clicked on the button, and two minutes later I had a “new identity” and things were working nicely. Be a hell of an idea to create that sequence in real life for a lot of people.


Proportion

I don’t know about you, but I find it trivializing when a two-minute report on Matt Lauer’s unbelievable, gross, illegal, sociopathic behavior is then followed immediately by a “happy talk” weather report or a piece on a truck fire, as if it’s equal to a cold front or a traffic jam. Maybe it’s just me….


DASM: Not All Rides Are the Same

I am not making this up. I arranged through the concierge of the W Times Square Hotel to have a car pick me up at Penn Station and take me on some errands and then to the hotel. The driver was from India. His accent was so thick that he was unintelligible. I couldn’t find him outside the train station because he seemed to say he was in mid-block when he was at the end of the block. I’d tell …


If I Only Had A Brain….

The New York Giants football team, in a horrible slump, has benched Eli Manning, the quarterback, who has previously won two Super Bowls. The Cleveland Browns, who are zero for the 21st Century, keep juggling their lineups and coaches. Does it occur to anyone that long-term problems are the result of poor decisions made by the general management and owners? GE recently forced out their CEO before his tenure would have been up because they were unhappy with performance. They …


The Burden of History

There is some kind of ignorant movement out there to remove Gone With the Wind, book and movie, from circulation, because they portray racist attitudes of the past. Indeed they do, which is why they are valuable as both art and history. We can’t recreate the past in our present-day preferences, nor can we ignore the stains and blemishes of our history. Richard Wagner was a virulent, notorious anti-Semite. Yet his music is still played globally today. There have been debates in …


Replace This

A few times a year I actually receive requests from people who have lost one of my books, or lost the links to programs they purchased long ago, or whose computers have crashed, asking me to replace the lost items. I ask them if they request replacements from Amazon, or iTunes when they lose items purchased in those places. None of them makes an offer to even partially pay for the replacement when they contact me. I’ve stopped doing it. …


RIO: Rhode Island Oddities

Rhode Island is more a state of mind than a state of the union. There are about 66 school districts in Rhode Island. There are about 74 in Florida. Rhode Island has about one million people, Florida has about 20 million people. The same ratios apply to libraries, police departments, fire departments, and so forth. Rhode Island could operate like Singapore—a city/state. There would be vast economies of scale and far more efficiencies in a small state where there isn’t …



RIO: Rhode Island Oddities

Rhode Island is more a state of the mind than a state of the union. People in Rhode Island give directions based upon landmarks that no longer exist. For example, if you ask for the location of a new restaurant, you’ll be told: “Go down about a mile to where there used to be a Shell Station, turn left, and go to the road that used to ‘Reynold’s Street,’ then go two blocks and turn right where there used to …