I’ve been amazed at the resilience of the seemingly fragile new-growth spring plants, which withstood a brutal Nor’easter earlier this week.
The only casualties were some very tiny Coleus which I’d put in just before the storm. Everything else not only survived, but apparently thrived with all the rain, even though it seems we’ve had maybe 15 minutes of sun since last weekend.
Continue reading Gardener’s Diary
Two NYU researchers have succeeded in attaching an economic cost to being a “big girl”: every 1% increase in a woman’s BMI means a 0.6% decrease in future family income.
Continue reading Physical and Economic Capital
The New York Times published part 4 of its series on class in America today. Great idea, but I think they missed an opportunity.
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Yesterday, after trying without success to fit a programmatic square peg into a round hole, I visited one of our local nurseries for stock to complete a planter on the deck.
The season is very late this year, and even though Memorial Day weekend is not too far off, the weather has been lousy, not at all typical of Spring. Between these two, it’s been hard to find healthy-looking plants: the dampness and cold have resulted in spindly stocks and yellowed or even decayed leaves.
Continue reading $16 Investment, $64 Result
I bought my Subaru Impreza in 1994. It’s a ’93, the last one on the lot, and I got it for a good price, I think around $12,000 after dealer discounts. Peter helped me pick it out after we made the rounds at several different dealerships.
It now has over 221,000 miles. Although it’s needed maintenance-type repairs through the years, every mechanic who has worked on it says it’s worth hanging on to.
Continue reading Sube and Slushies
For the past several weeks, I’ve been working off and on in Boston, something I’ve sworn in the past not to do because of the long haul, but in spite of the inconvenience, it’s been a good break from the usual.
This has involved, among other things, carrying one and sometimes two computers, and doing a lot more walking than is possible here, where one or two inconsiderate neighbors allow their Rottie and other beasts with fangs and claws to roam freely, thus terrorizing the rest of us.
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I joined BJ’s the first week they opened their store on Cape, and already, I’ve become a loyal customer, for life.
Continue reading BJ’s Is All Right
First attempt at uploading photos to Flickr, which is an awesome service of Yahoo.
The ones of Emme’s First Holy Communion were taken today with the new Kodak digital camera.
I got to mind the 3 grandkids from Friday afternoon to about 9:30 last night, capping a week that included:
– 2 user group meetings, one of them mine;
– the latest and hopefully last in a series of car repairs;
– a visit (with the kids) to my most understanding Dennisport customer for a quick IT consult;
– a presentation on Technology for Non-Profits at two sessions of the Cape Corps Volunteer Expo;
– an agonizing 5 hour round trip to Hyannis via the b-Bus and
– an escape from the dour, patriarchal cynicism of Cape Cod via a 2-day client onsite in Boston.
Continue reading What a Week