This Was Worse Than If My WordPress Stats Stopped Working

One of the benefits of having owned a gym for a few years was that when I decided to close it down in 2010, I was able to take some of the equipment home with me. One of the pieces I kept was a Life Fitness recumbent bike. I'd been an avid user of such … Continue reading This Was Worse Than If My WordPress Stats Stopped Working

I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While

It was a mid-afternoon, early evening snack that oftentimes ended up being my dinner for the day when we stayed in London a couple of years ago. Of course, I'm talking about beer and french fries (or chips as they call them in England). I know french fries aren't the healthiest food in the world, … Continue reading I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While

Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

According to Wikipedia, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance, which are typically fulfilled by the hosting venue. More specifically, a hospitality rider is a list of requests for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show. Common requests include: Specific foods and … Continue reading Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

Quick summary: a jigsaw puzzle company sells a puzzle for $7,995; details below: The Wall Street Journal had a story a few weeks ago about how difficult it had become to buy jigsaw puzzles. The reason, as you might have guessed, is that people are looking for things to do during the pandemic shutdown, and … Continue reading You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

Four Days, Four Babies. It’s Time for Hugging!

What a week. In the span of four days last week, four babies were born to people we know. First, it was my wife's niece, followed the next day by my wife's cousin's daughter, then by our next-door neighbor, and finally by a good friend of my wife's niece. Thankfully all the moms and babies … Continue reading Four Days, Four Babies. It’s Time for Hugging!

COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

In the 1970s, the Ford Motor Company introduced a new subcompact car called the Pinto. In response to several fatal accidents involving the Pinto, Ford prepared a seven-page company memorandum entitled “Fatalities Associated with Crash-Induced Fuel Leakage and Fires.” In the memo, Ford estimated the cost of fuel system modifications to reduce fire risks in … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Established in 1953, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is one of the crown jewels of Villanova University and provides an educational experience that challenges students to become nursing leaders working at the forefront of modern health care, in every corner of the world. The College educates nurses to emerge as strong leaders in … Continue reading I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Please Put Politics Aside and Just Work Together to Solve the Problem

I've expressed my political beliefs before; I am not a fan of President Trump and many of my views would be labeled as socialistic. As a result, I was tempted to write a post that was going to include a few anti-Trump and pro-socialist memes that I have recently found across the Internet, memes that … Continue reading Please Put Politics Aside and Just Work Together to Solve the Problem

Where Is Everyone?

We took another stroll around Villanova's campus today. The photo above shows one of the most heavily traveled parts of campus when school is in session. Normally at this time of the year, there would be hundreds of students walking on the paths, perhaps a few students tossing a football or frisbee back and forth, … Continue reading Where Is Everyone?

From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

We were out walking our dog in between raindrops today, and we came across the Little Free Library stand shown above, one of a couple in our neighborhood. But as you can see, this one doesn't just have books. It has something that is in limited supply, with seemingly unlimited demand. For someone to sacrifice … Continue reading From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People