Gwool

Gwool
Birthday
February 25
Bio
Weather beaten, divorced father of 4 through a lot of changes and far happier than I have been in my entire life... in spite of the day to day crap coming my way. The ability to find the humor in it all and maintain a sense of openness and respect with those with whom I choose to share my free time, makes it all worthwhile. Expect intermittent rants of whimsy as time permits. And maybe the occasional political rant to get my left leaning friends all in a dither.

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Neil Simon’s, The Odd Couple happens to be one of my all time favorite movies both for its content and for the actors, Lemon and Matthau.  I indentified so much with Oscar Madison, the slob who owned the apartment into which he allowed neatnik neurotic Felix enter when broomed from his… Read full post »

When I came onto this blog over a year ago, I remember being floored by the quality of the writing.  It remains so different from the usual fare one found on message boards.  Could be the nature of the message board, versus the blogsphere.  Where this is the only blog I… Read full post »

Pollsters hate races like the one to fill the US Senate seat in Massachusetts vacated by Ted Kennedy's death.  It is a special election in the dead of winter when weather can play a role.  No additional ballot questions exist to assist in predicting turnout, which is historically lower than… Read full post »

I wrote a post last year called Life’s Slippery Slope as Realized on the Slopes discussing my transgressions on a local ski mountain I have frequented for close to 40 years.  Last year’s miscdeeds at this mountain revolved around my need to move my legs back and forth on th… Read full post »

 

Nitwit news feeds are at it again. Compuserve article parses a study from the University of Glasgow in Scotland alleging couples who have children are happier.  Further defying credulity, the study alleges the more critters you have, the happier you are.

First off, this… Read full post »

The morning cable shows were breathless with the news that Democrat Senators Dodd of Connecticut and Dorgan of North Dakota have announced they will not be seeking re-election.  Somewhat surprisingly, if the news reports can be trusted, these two senators did not see fit to inform Senate Majorit… Read full post »

While half in a coma this morning I heard MSNBC opine that the three most admired women were Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Oprah Winfrey, coming in at 16%, 15%, and 8% respectively.

I will warn readers right now that partisan comments extolling the virtues of – or denigrating –… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2009 8:57AM

Jon Kabat-Zinn Can Bite Me

I have been dealing with a life coach/therapist/psychobabblist/shrink for a little over a year.  I am not really sure how to describe it, given it is a rather unorthodox arrangement conducted almost entirely over the phone thousands of miles apart.  It took a lot of courage, or more to the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 9:49AM

When (Political) Parties Go Bad

Well, everyone seems to be mad as hell and no longer willing to take it anymore.  Problem is, nobody seems to know what the hell to do about it, either.

It’s the Democrats’ turn in the barrel.  They own all the levers of power, and they are unable to satisfy… Read full post »

Joe Biden has been given the call from the bullpen to make a live, in studio appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, an addictive program if there ever was one for moderate thinking people.  Old Joe has been trotted out to throw some high heat and close the deal on a healthcare… Read full post »

 Ted

Holidays are a Jungle, But Shirley there's a Better Way ... 

(Photo: images.publicradio.org/content/2006/03/31/200..)

Another Internet Banner headline got me.  This time it was bemoaning hidden Holiday health risks. 

That’s right.  You can get sick this/… Read full post »

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.  

What in the name of God were you thinking?  You have, or should I say had, the world by the balls.  You broke into an exclusive white man's game, becoming adored across racial lines in the process.   You wound up marrying a breathtakingly beautiful au pair… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2009 5:25PM

The Regenerative Power of First Snows

Native New Englanders know their weather seasons.  Indeed, one can oftentimes experience climate patterns indigenous to each of the four in the course of a few days during the transitions.  Monday I biked 24 miles in 60 degree weather.  Saturday and Sunday I experienced a flood of firs… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 3, 2009 8:33AM

GE Exits Media?

GE has announced it will sell NBC and its affiliate entities to Comcast for $30B.  What does that mean?

Jack Welch reportedly lived by the credo that he would not enter a business segment unless he could insure the deal would make him one of the top three providers in that… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2009 7:16PM

Say It Ain't So, Meredith

Meredith Baxter Birney “came out” today.  She hits for the other team.  Another adolescent and early adulthood fantasy shattered.  She wasn’t the first, but she sure as heck was the first who really piqued a complaining curiosity that would have made Portnoy proud, or… Read full post »

The vapid news feeds on the banner always give reasonable indication of what's on our minds when less than completely occupied.   It is the "Oh, look! Something shiny!" component of our daily lives once served by Man Bites Dog headlines in newsprint.  (Shirley you remember newsprint?)… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2009 3:46PM

Nicotine Withdrawal Is For Quitters

Seems to me I am on day three of the latest effort to give up cigarettes, with the first 72 hours allegedly being the hardest.  It has been a torrid love affair with the devil stick started in my mid teens by a long time friend who gave up the dastardly… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2009 11:18AM

Friday The 13th? Bring It On!

Ever wonder why Friday the 13th is bad luck?  We all did it.  I remember that as a kid, and actually do double takes on this date, wondering how Karma might dope slap me. 

I don’t lie in bed with the covers over my head wetting myself, mind you, but… Read full post »

Parties ax handled in presidential elections with coattails into the house and senate have to undergo what in business parlance and pyschobabble parlance is second order change.  The old rules do not work, so they have to redo the entire playbook.  The same goes for the democrats, frankly,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 7:36AM

Halloween With a Cigar Store Indian

Halloween generally brings back fond memories.  This year triggered all sorts of them.  My older kids toured the community in which I live largely via car as we went from neighborhood to neighborhood having a few yuks with friends.  

My youngest, 11, experienced Halloween in a very rur… Read full post »

Traditional information distribution industries undergo an economic transformation with incredible hidden costs to the consumers.  Newspapers crumble as that for which they charged in hardcopy gets distributed electronically for considerably less, if for anything at all.  Consumers see the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2009 4:27PM

An Old Twit Tweets

I created a twitter account today.  Seems odd to establish a mechanism by which people can absorb my errant thoughts.  Errant thoughts I equate to sounds that might be made from a BB rattling around in a tuna fish can.  Every once in a while the BB-sized idea gets moving and… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 26, 2009 10:38AM

BMI Index Discriminates Against Canucks

A year long effort at losing weight through exercise, food moderation, and, well, smoking again, has yielded great results.  The results have been so good, a few people who have not seen me in a while have looked at me with rather alarmed looks and asked me if I am sick.… Read full post »

Local talk radio in Massachusetts prattles on in the background about the decision by the Board of Selectman in Amherst, Massachusetts put a resolution onto their Special Town Meeting to invite two Guantanamo Bay detainees into their community.

It is not cast in stone, as the Town Meeting has to vote… Read full post »

I managed to catch the tail end of the Denver/San Diego Monday night game given my new found curiosity in the Denver Broncos.  I flicked it on with about 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter with Denver ahead 27 to 23 and with San Diego driving.

On the Denver… Read full post »