Thursday, June 21, 2007

Politics, Business and Ego

The talking heads on the TV were just now commenting that Michael
Bloomberg is a shrewd businessman and wouldn't enter the presidential
race unless he felt he could win.

Ha! Never underestimate the ego of a successful person.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Technology Is Incredible

Back in 1979, I cut my teeth in software development (it was called "computer programming" then, and it was part of the work of the "Data Processing Department") on an IBM System/34 minicomputer.
This 900-pound monster stood four feet high, 30 inches wide and about five feet deep.
It had a massive 27MB hard drive and cavernous 64K of RAM. Wow.
I did a lot of Accounts Receivable programming. With no support for a Date data type, doing date math was ... fun. Yeah ... fun.
Now, in my pocket, I have a Pocket PC phone ... camera ... web browser ... email client ... all that in one compact unit. About the size of a deck of cards.

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Monday, June 18, 2007


Can I just say that I really, really like bourbon?
I don't drink it every day. Probably averages about twice a week over time. But DAYUM is it good!
Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace are my favorites. And my wonderful daughter gave me a bottle of the red wheat stuff for Father's Day.
All The Best,
-- Don

Sunday, June 17, 2007

What I Like About Ron Paul

From a Washington Post article:

"I'm for the individual," Paul said. "I'm not for the government."

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Friday, June 01, 2007

An Anchor Made Of Bacon

The one distinctive smell that I remember from Basic Training (way back in 1978) was that of bacon cooking in the morning as we did our PT.
Now, whenever I smell bacon, it snaps me right back to Lackland AFB ... the warm, humid mornings ... the TI screaming (our TI was a 6-foot-5 ex-Marine named "Sargeant Smoak"; we were known as "Smoak's Jokes") ... the fear of the unknown.
I hear Billy Joel's CD "The Stranger" and I'm 17 years old, driving my Pinto late at night on a weekend, after work, to visit my girlfriend (she's now my wife of over 28 years!). Why? Because I distinctly remember Starview 92 playing the entire album when it was released. They had a late night radio show where they'd play an entire album. Before they started, the DJ would instruct you to "start your tape recorder ... NOW!". I can remember rolling through the intersection of Route 30 and Roosevelt Avenue when Billy Joel's newest album started to play.
Remember the smell, when at the boardwalk in Ocean City, of newly-made t-shirts with an ironed-on design? The smell of those hot presses, making your t-shirt ... that's a fresh in my mind now as it was some 35 years ago.
Isn't it funny how a song, a smell, a sight, a sound can take you to a place and time in an instant. It's anchored.
Do you have any "anchors" such as that?
All The Best,
-- Don