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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Why don't people call each other back anymore? What is the psychology behind not returning phone calls? Do you have a group of friends in your life who will NEVER call you back no matter what? The sad fact is that most of us do. Not returning phone calls has become an integral part of our society as a trademark of our times. And with all of the new technologies out there -- like VOIP, e-mail and text messaging -- people have more ways than ever to not get back to you. And I believe that it's going to get worse before it gets better. In an attempt to analyze this phenomenon, I have talked... Read More

I consider myself to be a decent citizen. I vote. I recycle. I don't litter. I yield to most pedestrian traffic. But when I got a notice that I was selected for jury service at LA Superior Court, I did what every red-blooded American does - I wondered if I should pretend it got lost in the mail. "Notice? What notice? I've never seen a notice. Maybe this notice you speak of, maybe it had a little 'accident?'" The draft has been gone for over 30 years. Today if your'e like me, you consider "compulsory service" to be putting down a book to listen to a flight attendant go over the safety announcements... Read More

Everybody wants to go to Italy. Well, of all of the people I know; Italy is the place most mentioned; let's just put it that way. Suffice it to say, that the numbers are noteworthy; lots of people spending lots of money. Lots of people want to go to Greece too, and France, and it wouldn't take too long to find out about those numbers either, but that's not where I'm going with this.

What I'm saying is , that from the U.S., thousands and thousands of people per year travel to the "old country"and oooh and aahhhh at the grandeur and antiquity of old Europe; Rome, Paris, Athens, London,... Read More

On Wednesday night, the state Assembly passed a bill requiring Californians, with a few exceptions, to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered "or pay a $500 fine." As the bill moves on to the state Senate, people with pets have plenty to say about the pros and cons of spaying their pets. The bill, proposed by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys (Los Angeles County), would allow some breeders and owners of guide dogs and purebreds to get an exemption by paying a fee. The bill poses serious problems for public safety and disaster preparedness, said Mark Herrick, a search-and-rescue... Read More

Not since former Vice President Dan Quayle has a top politician made so many misstatements in this country. Yesterday GW Bush stuck his large foot in his bigger mouth when he said this about the Queen of England. "Queen Elizabeth II helped the United States celebrate its bicentennial in 17, uh, I mean, 1976." This actually doesn't seem so bad when compared to some of the other dumb things GW has said during his presidency. Here are some of my personal favorites: "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile." When asked when a woman first... Read More

A petition has been presented to the Canadian House of Commons requesting comprehensive legislation to affect immediate protection of Bigfoot under the Canadian species at risk act. (I am not making this up!) Canadian MP Mike Lake has said he wants to sponsor this legislation based on the 500 signatures of his Edmonton, Alberta constituents. The petition was presented to the parliament and is scheduled for debate next week. Supporting Mr. Lake is Mr. Todd Standing; a Bigfoot researcher who believes Bigfoot is in danger of extinction, along with others of the species. Standing claims to... Read More

Someone asked me to write an article about being a freelance advertising copywriter. Well, it used to be called freelancing, back when I started in this business more than two decades ago. Now it's called contracting. Which, in a way, shows how much things have changed. Freelancing conjures up visuals of flip-flops and Vaurnets, back in the days when you needed a typesetter. Things were much more mellow back then. You could get away with playing the distant, quirky, creative type. It was okay if you're dressed casual, and slept in your car the night before. I told my parents back home that... Read More

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