Maybe you’ve already read about this—this guy who goes into a Starbucks in Dallas, Texas and orders a $54 drink. If you haven’t read about it, Gawker can fill you in.
I’m trying to remember the last time I even sat foot in a Starbucks. It could have been the last time I was in Seattle, but more than likely it was in Downtown Cincinnati. I know there’s one here in Covington but I doubt if I’ll ever go inside it.
Drinking at Starbucks: It’s always been expensive. Think I’ll continue to drink my coffee at home.
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Zap Ems. I’m talking those cheap Michelina’s frozen dinners. They’re 99 cents each most places. A little more down at the corner of happy and healthy here in Covington. I’m talking about Walgreens—of course.
Usually I like to cook for myself but I’m not always my usual self. Lately I just haven’t felt like it. I mean I’m dirtying up a bunch of dishes just for me.
Something has also been a bit “off” about my stomach lately. Sometimes I don’t feel like eating when I really should be. Nothing sounds good—but Michelina’s stir fry rice & vegetables always sounds good.
Whenever I go down to the corner of happy and healthy, I’ll pick up a couple of those stir fry frozen dinners. Usually by the end of the day, they’re both gone.
This isn’t something I’m proud of. Some years back—back when I was living in Westwood over in Cincinnati—I became addicted to Michelin’s home-style macaroni and cheese. I would have the stuff at every meal. This went on for almost a month.
I hope this current “pattern” with the stir fry rice and vegetable goes away soon. I feel odd taking out my trash—don’t want anyone to see all those Michelina’s empty boxes. Yeah—need to “zap” this bad habit right now. Maybe I’ll go back to the macaroni and cheese.
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Let me be clear right off the bat. I’m a stick in the mud. Oh, right. Most of you already know that.
Let me also be clear that I have nothing against Jimmy Fallon at all. Often times he is a very funny person and he’s much better at hosting “The Tonight Show” than Jay Leno ever was. Having said that, he’s no Johnny but who the hell is?
I just want to say, and this is only my opinion, that I’m getting a little tired of the games Jimmy Fallon plays. Isn’t “The Tonight Show” a mostly interview type show? Why is it turning into something pretty silly?
Maybe it’s what people want to see. Again, I’m a stick in the mud, but I can’t ever see Dick Cavett resorting to this kind of stuff.
And just so you know—I shall return here on Thursday.
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“Canada” is one of Ford’s finest novels and was on the New York Times best seller list for many weeks. It has received several writing awards, including the 2013 Prix Femina Etranger—a French award for best foreign novel. “Canada” is an epic novel and a long book. That wasn’t Ford’s original intention.
To read “Richard Ford’s ‘Canada’: The Long and Short of It,” Click here.
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I’ve been in my current apartment here in Covington, Kentucky for about 16 months. Almost as soon as I moved in, I started getting mail—mail from State Farm Insurance.
I’m not talking e-mail here. I’m talking real live letters from State Farm wanting me to purchase auto insurance from them. Somehow they still think I drive a car.
I hear from them about once a month. The letter—actually a form letter—comes from their Indianapolis office.
Around six weeks ago, I did something I thought I would never do. I responded to one of their form letters. I called State Farm. I got to thinking these letters were killing trees and I wanted them to stop.
I waited on the line until I got a real live person and that, of course, took a while. Finally, a lady came on and I told her I no longer drive a car and to please stop sending me letters about automobile insurance. The lady thanked me for calling and told me she would take my name off their mailing list.
Now I know State Farm sells other kinds of insurance, some of which I might be interested in, but the lady didn’t volunteer any of that information. I guess she wasn’t an insurance agent.
If you’re guessing that I still get those form letters from State Farm about auto insurance, you would be guessing right. My phone call hasn’t saved any trees at all. In fact, it seems like I’m receiving even more mail from them now.
I wonder if I did have auto insurance with State Farm if this would be the kind of response I’d get if I filed a claim with them. I have no intention of finding out.
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I play my little old mandolin 15 to 20 minutes a day. I never play any longer than that, but I never, ever miss a day.
When I tell people my ritual, some will ask me, “Are you any good?” Those who really know me and my music history throughout the years, will understand my reply when I say, “I no longer have to be.”
One mandolin player that was always good—actually great is a more suiting word—was Jethro Burns. If Chet Atkins can call him the greatest mandolin player that ever lived, I can probably say the same thing. No one was better playing the mandolin than Jethro.
Here he is with Chet and other friends playing “Muskrat Ramble.”
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Senate Minority Leader (R-KY) Mitch McConnell beat his primary challenger Matt Bevin easily on Tuesday. I don’t know if anyone was shocked by this or not. I wasn’t paying much attention to it.
Let me just say I’m not a fan of Mitch McConnell. I mean he didn’t stop me from moving here to Kentucky, but I’m not proud that he “represents” me here.
Having said that, I did find an interesting article on McConnell on CNN’s web site—“How Mitch McConnell Crushed the Tea Party.” I could never write anything interesting about McConnell, but Peter Hamby at CNN did.
Here, I’m sharing.
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