stolf’s blog 6/11/2012

When the month of June ends, so will my longtime association with the Wall Street Journal…after how many years?…10?…15?…I am letting my annual subscription lapse. I don’t get sentimental about things like that…hey, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and we have a lot on our plates! The overriding factor I guess is cost…it’s a luxury I can no longer afford, as they say. And I’d be less than truthful if I didn’t admit that the internet has something to do with it…

But at the same time, I’m not wholly satisfied with the paper, even tho I’d still say it’s the best available today. It’s just that I’ve noticed a certain “dumbing down” over the years…and yes, that’s to be expected, what with everybody and everything getting stupider, and literally by the minute it seems. But what irks me is their growing tendency, as the old saying goes, to make mountains out of molehills…to take things that are insignificant or trivial, and inflate them to the point of crises, catastrophe…or at least, something they think I ought to be concerned enough about to buy their paper and read about.

Last Wednesday, 2 examples of this popped up in the “Personal Journal” section. On the front was an article headlined “The Rise of the Petite SUVs”…it stated that “small SUVs” accounted for 9% of the market 6 years ago…today, 14%. And this 5% increase was heralded as “a shift under way […] a significant change.” 5%? Well, hardly…with all due respect, if the WSJ cost 5% less, I still couldn’t afford it.

Then on the back, the “Sports” page, which is a running textbook on how not to think clearly, especially about numbers…“Schools That Train the Enemy” bemoans the fact that foreign students come to American universities on sports scholarships, then compete in the Olympics for their home countries. OK, you can see the pros and cons for this, right? But how bad is it really? The stated stat was that last Olympics, 6% of the medals were won by such “traitors.” 6%…I pay more than that in sales tax every time I go to a store, and I’m not supposed to beef about it. As Annie Hall would say: La-di-da, la-di-da…

…but, here…a small reminder that there are bigger things going on…thank you, planet Venus…and Godspeed…(which BTW has nothing to do with traveling fast…the –speed is a re-spelling of the archaic word spede, which meant to prosper or have good fortune…)

B*A*K*E*R*S  D*O*Z*E*N

(1)  Modern life…by the time you’ve read all the instructions
and warnings on your car seat, your kid’s too big for it…

(2)  Remember Watergate and Nixon’s “Plumbers”?…
they were called that because they “fixed leaks”…

(3)  I’ve got nothing against asiago cheese per se…but we had so
many good cheeses already…what’s next?…kajagoogoo cheese? 😉 😉

(4)  Loyalty to one’s country depends on one’s country’s character
and values…which is why, sad to say, it’s not alway possible to give it…

(5)  Never trust a man whose neck is wider than his head…sorry
football players, bodybuilders, whoever…it’s just a rule of thumb…

(6)  Never criticize your spouse’s choices….after all, you were one of them.

(7)  Last week’s Arm-Fall-Off-Boy from DC was pretty bad…
but Marvel had it’s moments too…like Eye Scream…whose
“super-power” was he could turn into…um…you-know-what…

(8)  …but speaking of under doors, check this out: =__ cat___=

(9)  Next, the ultimate in gender-targeted marketing…
New Windex for Women…Glass Ceiling Strength!…

(10)  Dr. Seuss said: Love is when you can’t fall asleep,
because reality is better than your dreams…

(11)  An all-time favorite: Measure twice, cut once, beat into place…

(12)  If you’re researching your family tree, and you come upon
the phrase “died of a broken heart”…this was at one time a
euphemism for suicide…especially if it was a younger person…

(13)  Phone card offers “unlimited double minutes”…does that sound
like twice as much as “unlimited minutes”?…actually, they’re both the
same amount…just another way they bamboozle you with math…

POUTINE-ON-A-STICK

As the Dodge version of the Plymouth Valiant, the 1961-62 Lancer (top) was fancier and more expensive…and didn’t sell nearly as well. It was replaced in 1963 by the Dodge Dart. I wondered if it would have helped to have had more conventional styling…so I did a little digital editing (bottom)…

POUTINE-ON-A-STICK EXTRA

For once &  for all, dear friends…size doesn’t matter…

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