Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I AM SAD

about the two 14 year olds missing after a boating/fishing trip from Jupiter—my home away from home. Even Joe Namath, a family friend and neighbor, has joined in the search.

Raises many questions about parents establishing boundaries and protecting their young children. Many comments on social media in all directions.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and so far a massive rescue search has only found the capsized 19 foot boat.

Prayers for the boys and their families.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ON A SOMBER BUT LIGHTER NOTE

Theodore Bikel lived to 91 before he passed last week. I always thought of him as a folk singer which he was, ( as he sung in 21 languages) but he was also an actor staring in "Sound of Music," and "Fiddler on the Roof," among many other stage and movie productions. He was also a political activist supporting the Democratic Party, human rights causes, and Israel. An all around good guy who lived a long life with many fulfilling "pride bank" deposits.

We also lost Jack Carter last week, also in his 90s, a funny funny comedian from back in the day.

Finally, Tom Moore died at 86. Whom you ask is Mr. Moore? He was the cartoonist who brought to life  Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty, Reggie and the gang—the friends of my youth.

May they all rest in the peace they so deservedly earned by entertaining us.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I'VE BEEN QUIET

because I am just sitting quietly, observing our world, and trying to make sense of it. I cannot!

We seem to be experiencing a mass senseless shooting on a weekly basis, and it is starting to seem like a viral epidemic. The first question that needs to be asked before selling someone a gun is "Do you have a life?" If the answer is "NO" then you might want to shoot that person, or at the very least not give him a gun other than a water pistol.

Ironically, I started this blog back in the day when markets were crashing to cheer people up and inspire hope. Now the markets are back, but people are crashing and taking innocent lives for the sport of it, leaving a residue of hopelessness spreading virulently.

Will the people who run this country get out of the pockets of the NRA and have the sense and balls to make it harder for people to get guns—especially those who can't be trusted with them. Other countries have been able to do this well so why can't we?

Bye for Now,

Bill


Thursday, July 16, 2015

HAPPY TO BE BACK IN

Quiet, Boring South Florida where I see a few people here and there, but not a 100+ at every corner.

However, former Mayor Bloomberg was right.  I read an article that said, Sugary soft drinks blamed for 25,000 US deaths and 180,000 world wide a year. I think the cups are getting so big that people drown in them! Bloomberg, as you may recall, wanted smaller cups.

Actually, overconsumption was to blame. In Mexico 24,000 people died in 2010 from sugary drinks. The question is whether The Donald is exporting them there for free? He would no doubt see that as crime prevention.

And the real question is who are the morons and hate mongers who are supporting him?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MORE BAD BIG APPLE

The traffic is crazy a 10 minute ride takes 35 in total gridlock. The taxis don't keep ac on to save on gas and the street noise is high decibel 

I think I'll create a teeshirt that says I don't  heart NY!

Bye for now 
Bill

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm in the big apple

There are way too many people at every corner. Crossing the street is like playing bumper cars especially with the people looking at their phones. And the prices are sky high.

That said it is a vibrant city, but I'll be happy to get back to  calm Coral Springs. 

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, July 6, 2015

INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT MR. WARREN BUFFET

His companies are worth a combined $350 billion.

His personal worth is 69.3 billion.

His home is worth $653,000.

He recently auctioned his 2006 Cadillac with 20,310 miles.

He decides upon an investment in 180 seconds.

He has written 1 email in his lifetime.

He has sent 7 tweets despite having a twitter following of over a million people.

He consumes 720 calories daily from regular and cherry coke.

He takes $100,00  a year salary to keep him in diet coke.

He is an interesting, eccentric fellow who will leave the lion's share of his money to charities. Obviously, he is in it for the game and not the fame, glory, or indulgences.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, July 5, 2015

IT WAS AN EXPLOSIVE WEEKEND ALL AROUND


The fireworks stayed in the sky as all of the alerts contained any would be disruptors. Best as I know there was no violence around the country that marred our 4th of July celebration, other the the one's we create on our own.

And the women's soccer team began explosively to tear up the turf Sunday eve and win gold at the FIFA international tournament by a strong score of 5-2 against Japan. If soccer was as exciting as this game was, I might just become a fan.

It was our first win in 16 years, having lost to the same team in 2011.

Now let's see FIFA win by cleaning up its less than honorable act.

Let's also hope that Greece finds its way out of their financial dilemmas without crashing delicate economies around the globe, including their own.

Overall, however, it was a most winning weekend.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, July 4, 2015

THOUGH I UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE SIGNIFICANCE

I have never been a fan of fireworks and 4th of July celebrations. Out of respect and hunger, I did do a bbq for 2 tonight. The chicken, corn and trimmings were quite good.

The annoying people in my neighborhood lighting off firecrackers right now are not so good, and they will go on for hours cause they think that is fun.

Did I ever tell you about the time one landed on my arm as a young lad in the schoolyard and exploded? Perhaps that is from where my negativity stems. Our histories can be diluted, but can never be deleted completely. The family "firecrackers" leave even worse scars.

So, I hope it is a safe and happy holiday for you and yours as "red alerts" really light up the sky. We live in extraordinary times in both directions.

May we be safe and may those looking for trouble in our world find it and be extinguished once and for all. Why we are pussyfooting around those villains is beyond my ken. Surely "The Donald" will take care of it all—God forbid!

Bye for Now,

bill