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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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          My favorite Brasilian singer.  She died a few years before I heard of her, a year or two before I first travelled to Brasil.  Even then it took a while to pick her out.

          My assignmRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 8:30AM

Pardon My French, Monsieur Gingrich

          Just when you think that the Republican nomination race can’t get any more surreal, it does.  For months now it’s resembled a Spinal Tapish mockumentary.

          Bachman lauds theRead full post »

          I’m not the biggest Winwood fan, owning only a couple of Spencer Davis 45s where he was a guitarist and lead singer.  He was always renowned for his talents on a wide range of stringed instruments and keyboards but through his long andRead full post »

            There’s a general tendency to ascribe to one’s own lifetime a degree of exception unrivalled by any other generation.  As a boomer that means The Beatles achieved a musical epitome unmatched since Mozart, or maybe it/Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2011 8:02PM

Last Flight With Pan Am

I'd been meaning to post this around the 20th anniversary of their demise.  It still makes, barely, the 20th year of it.


          From my first flight on Pan Am I developed a special fondness for the airline.  I’m sure that its coiRead full post »

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DECEMBER 13, 2011 8:30AM

I Believed in Santa Longer Than I Believed in God

          Yup.  It was evidence-based and supported by the home environment.

          I remember pretty clearly when I stopped believing in God.  I was eight.  My folks had given the bro and meRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2011 8:11PM

Arnold’s Japan Adventure

          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 G-rated.

&nbsRead full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2011 8:34AM

Open Call: And Then There Was…Arnold

          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 strRead 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 suchRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2011 12:57PM

GNS - the President's Speech

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?

 … Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2011 8:20AM

In Over My Head - Conclusion

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 attack.

  “Abra, loRead full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2011 8:23AM

In Over My Head, Part 3 - Sinker

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 »

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OCTOBER 25, 2011 8:13PM

In Over My Head, Part 2 - Tamara – The Line

            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 &ldqRead 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 yearsRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 8:51AM

The Most Incredible Night in Baseball - Ever

          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 lot.

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AUGUST 31, 2011 8:44AM

Obama and the Duke of Plaza-Toro

          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, ObRead 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 pasRead full post »

AUGUST 3, 2011 8:18AM

Vacation, Finally

          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.  SoRead 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 aRead 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 reckRead full post »

jane’s Open Call can be found here.


          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 descendeRead 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 plRead 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 anytRead full post »