Through the Looking-Glass and Into Italy

Some of the boat docks in La Maddalena, Sardinia, our new home on the Mediterranean Sea.

So… It is five weeks ago today that we landed in Sardinia, opening up not just a new chapter in our lives, but an entirely new volume. Somewhat surprisingly, it was almost Alice-through-the-looking-glass easy — you step onto an airplane leaving one dimension,  you step off that plane and you’re in a whole other dimension. Boom, just like that — your entire reality has changed, in what seems like just the blink of an eye.

But it was so easy and so smooth. I …

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The Big Move

Map of Italy
Credit: Google Maps

If you only read this blog and don’t follow my personal page on Facebook, then you tend to miss out on a lot of things in my life. Because, I admit it, I post on Facebook a lot more than I post here.

For one thing, it’s easier, almost Twitter-like. Just have a thought and post it. Posting on this blog, by contrast, I treat much more seriously — like I’m writing an article. It sometimes takes days just to get a single post just the way I like it. Which, pretty much by definition, means there …

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How I Envision Mueller Questioning Trump

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller (Credit: Medill DC)

There’s a lot of talk recently that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to question President Donald Trump directly about possible collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election and subsequent obstruction of justice.

When I think about this, I envision something like the courtroom scene in A Few Good Men.

I know…. You’re thinking about Jack Nicholson’s famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!” Nope, that’s not it. I see an even better correlation. Because face it — Trump and Col. Jessep (Nicholson) are a lot alike. Boastful. Arrogant. Self-righteous. Damn the rules, I’ll …

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It Shouldn’t Be This Hard, Part 2

(Read this post first.)

I have finally had enough of Blogger and its eccentricities, so I am moving to WordPress. Moreover, I have found better webhosting, so I am able to self-host my WordPress blog with a minimum of effort. Basically, once it’s set up, I just post like I would have on Blogger.

Plus, I have the freedom now to do things the way I want to, rather than the way Blogger wants me to. And… WordPress AUTOMATICALLY inserts a compact mobile menu into your blog when it’s viewed on a mobile phone. Gee… Welcome to the 21st century, …

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Pete Rose Signed My Ball (if you know what I mean…)

Baseball signed by Pete Rose: I signed Ed Perrone's ball
Pete asked me what I wanted the signature to say, so I told him….

I grew up watching Pete Rose play baseball.  He was Charlie Hustle — a nickname he  earned.

When the umpire called “Ball four,” Pete didn’t casually stroll down to first base. He  ran full-out. Because you never know when  you might get a little advantage on the  other guys.

Pete was an All Star at five different positions. No one else has ever done that. He collected  4,256 hits in his career. No one else has ever done that — and pretty much no one …

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Classical Gas

I have wanted to learn this song since my college days. Never managed to  get it. Until a few years ago, when I bought a cheap used classical guitar. I liked the guitar (a Yamaha), so I figured since I now have a classical guitar, why don’t I give one more try to learning “Classical Gas”?

This time, I got it. I’ve since sold the guitar, but now I’ll always be able to play the song. Color me very happy.

Here is a video. Enjoy. And feel free to share.

 

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