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Archive of entries posted on December 2010

Holiday Foods

The missus and I were around for the holiday, so like most holidays for us, we made it about the food. Christmas Eve On Christmas Eve we ventured with a couple of friends out to Flushing for some authentic Chinese food. The Golden Shopping Mall will be my go-to place for out-of-town visitors now. It [...]

Apparently, We Got Some Snow

Yes, I know I haven’t written much lately, B&E readers. But I still think about you a lot. And I hope we can still be friends. Hey, did you hear that New York City got some snow? After the missus and my experience as refugees in Scotland, I joked that Scotland could really use a [...]

No Health Care For You

I would much rather that my tax dollars go to pay for health care for the 9/11 first responders than the health care for Tom Coburn. Unfortunately, that option lies in the hands of Tom Coburn and his colleagues, and I have a hard time imagining that even the Republicans are willing to give up [...]

You Made It So, Joe

I haven’t been a fan of Joe Lieberman pretty much from the time I became aware of him. He was part of the group that moved the entire Democratic Party to the right during the Clinton administration, along with Clinton himself, via the Democratic Leadership Council. You see, you co-opt the Republican position, message, and [...]

Bob Feller Cracked Me Up

So when someone famous dies, you’re supposed to tell the story of your one personal experience with him. You are, right? Well, legendary pitcher Bob Feller died at the age of 92, and I sort of met him once. When I was about 11 and in the middle of my baseball card collection craze, I [...]

Cliff Lee’s Money

There were a couple of articles in the New York Times discussing Cliff Lee’s tax rate. One appeared before his decision, talking about how the lower taxes in Texas gave the Rangers an advantage over the Yankees with New York’s higher tax rate. Then there was this one, after he made the surprise decision to [...]

Bernie is Bald & Effective

Well, effective-ish, anyway. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator of Vermont, who did an old-school filibuster on the floor of the Senate yesterday, speaking for 8.5 hours, from about 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. I caught a little more than an hour of it (in the background [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – One Flight, Five Airports

Even though Edinburgh airport was closed for the day of our flight, we went for it, hoping against hope that we’d make it back to New York. And goddammit, if arrangements weren’t being made. Continental bussed everyone on our flight from the Edinburgh airport to the Glasgow airport, which was running without delays. Like all [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – Refugees

We really had an ambitious travel schedule planned out for the trip. In addition to the wedding, we were stopping in on the missus’ father in the Highlands twice “en route.” The second visit, ostensibly on our way back home, the missus planned a 70th birthday celebration performance afternoon. She played some Bach on her [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – First Sign of Trouble

The wedding was being held at Glengorm Castle, which is a “castle” built in the 1850s. The Glengorm estate dominates the northern tip of the Isle of Mull, and on clear days you can see the Isle of Skye. It’s a goddamned gorgeous place. We made our way to the estate, relatively uneventfully until we [...]