Vacations Aren’t Always Boring to Read About. Sometimes They are, Though. Whatever.

Yesterday I returned home after three days in West Hollywood. There’s a distinction between Hollywood and West Hollywood.  Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles proper, and West Hollywood is an incorporated city (since 1984), surrounded by Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Midtown L.A. West Hollywood is a pretty neat place, but not cheap.  It’s nearly as focused on popular culture as Hollywood, too.  I stayed at a plush hotel, and found it disappointing when my fingers went through the toilet paper.  Lovely building, though. If you want to get an excellent salad in that neck of the woods, Sweet Green … Continue reading Vacations Aren’t Always Boring to Read About. Sometimes They are, Though. Whatever.

Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

I’m imagining this subway groper refusing to get out of bed and whining that women are so mean.  He’s chewing on the corner of his pillow and complaining that the pillow is getting icky. We don’t know the name of this man because he escaped before the police arrived.  He knows his name, though.  He just can’t quite put it together in his head well enough to realize what a fart he is. No, that isn’t speculation on my part.  If you’ve known enough people like him, you find them predictable. The woman he assaulted took a risk, but if … Continue reading Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

We hear about identity theft precautions all the time.  Always shred documents before discarding them.  Empty your mailbox every day.  Don’t share your credit card number with someone who calls you on the phone and tells you there’s a misdemeanor warrant for your arrest, and paying a fine will resolve the matter (and please don’t judge people who have fallen for this scam.  The callers know how to induce panic). Other precautions are less practical to carry out, so we have to decide how many risks we’re willing to take for our convenience or to make a system more efficient. … Continue reading Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

The Second Avenue Subway in New York City opened at the beginning of this year.  The opening date was promised by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and as far as the public knew everything was completed on schedule. There are concerns, though.  At the end of this post, please click the link to an article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons in the New York Times.  Although the New York Times disappoints readers more often than it used to, Ms. Fitzsimmons’ report is the product of real investigative journalism.  Read the item carefully to get an idea of the standards this newspaper used to … Continue reading Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

Scrambling to Post Something

I have a policy of posting on the blog an average of once per day.  If I skip a day, on another day there will be two posts. That system is going well, but shortly after 8:00 Pacific Time this evening I decided against skipping the Saturday post.  This decision was made in spite of having nothing to say. Here are screenshots of two social media posts.  Whatever.  The Instagram post has proven more popular than most of the crapola my Instagram followers must endure. Continue reading Scrambling to Post Something