TOTD 2019-12-12: Do you ever get a thought worm?

We have all had earworms where a tune gets stuck in our heads but how about thought worms. This is where one thought keeps bouncing around up there. We have all had times when we nurse grievances but this is different. This can be something uplifting and fun. A little thing that makes us grin a little if not a lot.

My thought worm comes from the Bible it comes from a place in there where every verse ends in part of the “worm”. For those who want to guess I will put the answer in a spoiler. Let me know in the comments if you got it right. ... [Read More]

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Seeing Life Through a Magnifying Glass

I don’t know why we did it but I remember watching friends on a hot day using a magnifying glass to burn ants. If I remember right I think one was from a box of Cracker Jacks. It was cheap and plastic but effective. I share this because when I think of a magnifying glass I remember those days because the Japanese word for it is “bug glass”.

Recently a friend of mine, a retired high school principal is having trouble reading books. As one gets older the print gets smaller. His eyes are getting worse. In the old days the only option would be to pull out a “bug glass”. Luckily, we live in an age that has gone digital. An e-book can’t change its stripes but it can change its font size. It can be somewhere between extra large and huge for those that need it. He can read again.... [Read More]

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Cyber Monday is Coming

I thought there was only one Cyber Monday but there seems to be two. The one in the States is the first Monday after Thanksgiving whereas in the civilize world* it is the second Monday in December. Did any of you buy any thing on your Cyber Monday? Were there any good deals? In general what do you think of this reach for your cash?

*Japan

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Cursive: Do you or don’t you?

I just wrote about an hours worth of cursive in a notebook. It has been a long long time since I did this. My cursive is slow and it had been so long since I wrote some capital cursive letters that I had to look at a chart on the Internet. My question to you is do you ever write longhand anymore. If so what is your habit. If not how long has it been.

How is your penmanship? My is not so good. Part of my problem is that I am left-handed and the educational system when I went to school was not geared for that. I think I need to invest time in trying to get my writing more legible. Any good suggestions?... [Read More]

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Postcards of Death

In Japan, the big holiday is New Year. There is a tradition of sending New Year’s Cards and giving money to young people before they have enter the ranks of society. There is an exception to sending New Year’s cards though. This is if a close member of your family has died in the year. In that case you send cards to your friends telling them of the death so therefore no cards this year. So far I have received four of these cards. It is called “ mochū hagaki“. I hope next year will be easier on my friends.

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Dyed in the Wool Democrat

I remember way back when that Reagan got grief over whether he used hair dye. It was a semi important issue. Is the hair question important to you? Who do you suspect of being “dyed in the wool Democrats”?  Do you think they could win if they stopped “dying” to us?

I wonder if it would be a minor scandal if a candidate wore a toupee. Imagine a Socialist rug if you would.... [Read More]

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