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- I've worked for a big multi-national, lived abroad for several years, travelled a lot, now in politics. Married once but separated; no kids. Generally utilitarian except for minority rights.
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I’d written before about Arnold. The
mild-mannered, short, slight, Capote-like Canadian with a mid-40s
paunch and a bulbous balding head. He was known
for his commercial sex misadventures but this one is entirely
&nbs… Read full post »
And then there was Arnold. Short, slight with a mid-40s paunch, a soft, high-pitched voice and a bulbous balding head, much like Truman Capote. His conversation focused on business matters, especially the company's stock price. … Read full post »
There’s a movie out now called Like Crazy and it’s about the effects of distance on a romantic relationship. As I’ve had more of the long distance variety than I might have wished for, I was curious. Then I got a str… Read full post »
Just back from the weekend and late to the Beth Mann Seven Unexpected Pleasures party.
I was raised to be a saint, or given that my lack of Catholicism would preclude such… Read full post »
Nothing orginal in this post and considering it's already racked up 3 million hits in just a few days, many of you may have already seen it. But for those who haven't, have a look. It's a hilarious satire and who'd have thunk that Mike Tyson could pull it off?
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.
Zeke looked up. I couldn’t quite read his
expression. Rather like he’d been ordered
to smile while suffering an acute hemorrhoidal
“Abra, lo… Read full post »
Part 1, where I’m swept of my feet, is here.
Part 2, where my feet are cut from under me, is here.
Of course I checked everywhere. Twice at least. I’d done my own packing but hadn’t scrutinized everything.&… Read full post »
In Part 1, the Hook, I wrote of how I came to be involved with Tamara, the smart, successful beauty of Eastern Europe heritage and New York upbringing.
Tolstoy wrote &ldq… Read full post »
“I don’t have any clothes on”.
That got my attention. I’d been curious to meet her. I had just been transferred to our European division after five years… Read full post »
OK. A lot of folks aren’t baseball fans,
or even sports fans. But you do appreciate that
many of your fellow citizenry are. And whether
the home team or the favorite team wins or lose means a
Now that Qadaffi has been overthrown, there've been some articles about Obama’s approach, described by an unnamed staffer as “leading from behind”. See for example, Anne Applebaum’s Slate article here. Well, Ob… Read full post »
NOTE: This was getting too long so I’d broken into two parts. Then I got stuck on the "after" part. And since this had been hanging around for several days...
I needed a break after second year. University was pas… Read full post »
I do like my job but there’s been too much of it. No let-up since last fall. Best I’ve been able to do is a handful of long weekends (including Christmas) offset by half-days most Saturdays and a few Sundays too. So… Read full post »
It’s easy enough to confuse them. All great guitarists of the same era (birth years 1943, 1944 and 1945) whose critical and peer acclaim exceeded their mass popularity. Having seen the Woodstock movie several times, I was well a… Read full post »
One of the many qualities I’ve enjoyed at OS is encountering so many kindred spirits. While that applies to esthetic and life/morality topics, it seems especially true of political leanings. Off the top of my head I’d reck… Read full post »
jane’s Open Call can be found
I’d made a pitch for La Boca. It was an older, traditional, down-at-the-heels neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Famous for its cantinas but the early 80s were a period of descende… Read full post »
Another in the occasional blogs of under-recognized performers. So far I’ve gone to the U.K. twice, for Tom Robinson and Roxy Music; and to Argentina once, for Mercedes Sosa. For Lhasa de Sela, I'm not sure what counts as home.… Read full post »
I like to think I’m about as straight with women as we men get. I’ve nothing against the occasional dalliance, two consenting adults, etc etc. But one at a time please. No objections to playing but I’m not a pl… Read full post »
Inspired by Oryoki’s “Actresses I would be, or I would date, if I dated women”. I felt this deserved a man’s response, not that I’m in any way really inclined to be or to date, and if I were, not that there’d be anyt… Read full post »
A Forward. Evidently, my reading comprehension skills aren’t completely up to snuff. I’ve been quite busy at work and have been spending less time here. So the other night I took a quick glance at the OS front page. Something about Guilty Pleasures caught my… Read full post »
OK, it has its cheesy side, it has little to do with the historical Saint Patrick, it’s heavily promoted by Guinness, and it drives many Irish to despair. It’s an occasion where every lame faux-Irish comic tries out their Oirish… Read full post »
I’ve been away a couple of days and only just noticed this Open call. When I was younger I would have felt compelled to have a definite, ranked list. Not anymore, but this one would certainly be on my short list.
It was with some chagrin when I noted that my blogiversary coincided with Valentine’s Day. Guess I had nothing better to do then, as now. A post on this occasion is almost de rigeur and as is its nature, this one will be more se… Read full post »
It’s impossible not to share in the exhilaration of the Egyptian people following Mubarak’s resignation. I’ve had the Al-Jazeera web feed on throughout the past couple of days (one of benefits of no longer working in the p… Read full post »
My own have either been pretty nice or of the “just another day” variety, the latter of which are becoming habitual. When I first heard the following, purportedly a first-hand account, I believed it. Looking back, it is re… Read full post »