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Message for Old Dad
Mar 12th, 2010 by Mike

Hey, Old Dad, if your Prius accelerator gets stuck, point it toward Florida and come for a visit. Call ahead and we’ll get the nets put up across the highway.

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Couldn’t Resist
Dec 15th, 2009 by Mike

Here we are with Marcus and his work

Here we are with Marcus and his work

Marcus with Red Storm #5

Marcus with Red Storm #5

Last weekend, we went to Jacksonville, FL, at the invitation of Park West Gallery, an art dealer from whom we’ve bought pieces from on cruises. They put us up at the Jacksonville Hyatt Riverfront for two nights and wined and dined us…all just to attend two art auctions.

The featured guest artist was Marcus Glenn. From the Park West web site:

Marcus is known for his use of vibrant colors, his expressive use of exotic papers and fabrics, and his ability to create a masterful textured collage effect. His figures are animated and mannerist in approach, often stretching and twisting into impossible but highly expressive positions. He also has created a unique form of combining painting with sculpture to create a bas-relief effect. He has called this approach ‘Flat Life’ and has been developing the approach for more than a decade.

He’s a very personable guy, great artist, and we couldn’t resist buying one of his pieces. Isn’t it cool? You can click on the images to make them larger.

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A Couple of Thoughts
Oct 25th, 2009 by Mike

I just went through my many boxes of electronic stuff to organize and throw out. I don’t know how I did it, but among the yards of phone lines, miles of coaxial cable, and plethora of plugs, I found 15, count ’em, 15 AC adapters of various sizes and voltages. These do not include all the cell phone chargers, of which we have many. I must have kept them in spite of tossing the equipment to which they supply the juice.

I’m also getting real tired of this Halloween theme I’ve got going here. I’m glad October is almost over so I can change it. Maybe I’ll change it anyway.

© 2009, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Veterans in Congress
Aug 21st, 2009 by Mike

The numbers of veterans in Congress has significantly diminished over the years. From the 70’s to today the number of veterans in Congress has dropped by 75 percent. According to a recent report published by the Congressional Research Service:1

  • There are 121 total legislators who have served in the military (five less than the last Congress)
  • There are 96 veterans in the House and 25 in the Senate
  • Their collective wartime service includes World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq

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  1. Quoted from the Aug 21, 2009 MOAA “Legislative Update” []
Sometimes Dentistry Is Not Perfect
Aug 5th, 2009 by Mike

Went in today to my alternate dentist to have the permanent crowns installed on 18 and 19. The one on 18 fit perfectly, they couldn’t get 19 to fit. So they took new impressions and had to send in for a new one. 2.25 hours shot.

I say alternate dentist because my regular dentist insisted that I replace these two crowns then proceeded to give me an estimate of $2400. So, since my insurance is crap (will probably pay $250 for each) and my regular dentist refused to negotiate, I shopped around and found my alternate dentist who is doing them both for $1398.

Got me to thinking. If we had to shop around for medical care instead of our insurance paying most of the bill, maybe medical care wouldn’t cost so much. Just saying.

© 2009, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Cash for Clunkers
Aug 3rd, 2009 by Mike

Anyone out there taken advantage of the cash for clunkers program?

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Scanning the Paper
Jul 10th, 2009 by Mike

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t published anything substantial in quite some time. I’ve just not been very motivated to express my observations of the world lately. Maybe I’m just lazy.

Anyway, not to break the string of insubstantial posts, here’s a fun article I found in this morning’s The Daily Sun:

Wilmington News Journal, Delaware.

In an effort to have a little fun and reverse an age-old stuffy stereotype, teams of librarians across the country are gearing up to compete this weekend in the Book Cart Drill Team World Championship in Chicago at the American Library Association’s annual meeting.

Think a blend of synchronized swimming and Rockette-style dancing.

This will be the third year the Delaware Diamonds have competed. The first year, they came in third. Last year, they didn’t place. But this year, they’re going for the ultimate prize: a gold book cart.

I think this would be loads of fun to observe.

© 2009, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Starving Dogs
Jul 6th, 2009 by Mike

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”  —Mark Twain

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Finance
Jul 5th, 2009 by Mike

“Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.” — Robert W. Sarnoff

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For Karen
May 16th, 2009 by Mike

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.1

Godspeed, Karen, on your quest in DC to inform your Rep and Senators on Mitochondrial Diseases.

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Corruption
Apr 26th, 2009 by Mike

“If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?”1

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