Saturday, February 23, 2019

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It's amazing that even with the high cost of gas you still see rich people cruising down the highway in their Hummer's and Ferrari's doing over 70 mph. They do so with little regard to all the gas they're burning up because they can afford it. Of Course, when you make a quarter of a million dollars a year or more, $4 a gallon is nothing to you. That's why I say the government should raise the tax on gas so it costs at least $10 a gallon. Then they should use that extra tax money and give it back to lower income families and individuals, similar to the stimulus rebate checks that have gone out... Read More

When visiting a coffee shop or cafe, I always have an agenda. I may be meeting someone for a date, working on a brilliant short story or reading the latest Chuck Palahniuk novel! In Los Angeles, particularly West Hollywood, it seems down-right impossible to enjoy myself while sipping iced coffee or soy lattes for a myriad of reasons:

1. Why do you, Mr. Brooks Brothers suit and perfectly coiffed hair feel the need to order your drink and over-priced baked goods extremely loudly? Why do you have a Coffee Bean gift card in line at a Starbucks and why are you giving the poor soul behind... Read More

Every day, I open my mailbox, extract the contents, and have the same reaction: "Great googily moogily!" (I really make this exclamation. Ask my neighbors.) When did my mailbox become a trash depository? I have noticed that I receive three types of mail: bills, mail that I don't even take into the house (circulars, coupon books) and mail that I take into the house only to be shredded immediately (credit card applications and mortgage offers). Nothing can be done about the first type. Nobody wants bills, but they are a necessary evil. However, by now you know I am not one to mention a problem... Read More

The most entertaining part of watching television in 2008 isn’t the cookie-cutter cop shows with their interchangeable casts and image obsessed stars. It’s not the agenda driven, corporate owned cable news programs that take us on a daily odyssey through various election headquarters, situation rooms, and the equilibrium friendly concept of “fair and balanced” reporting. It’s not even the un-reality of a show like “Keeping up with the Kardashian’s” that stars a sex tape Diva whose ass is so big that she has to sit down in shifts.

Not even close, my friends. My favorite part of modern... Read More

Let me start this party by telling you the straight truth....There is absolutely nothing graceful about this getting old business. This is coming to you from one of the original, "Don't trust anyone over thirty," believers. I was seventeen, married and had a child. There was nothing I wanted to hear from some aging, suit wearing, hat carrying (yup, they wore hats and I am not talking baseball caps), briefcase lugging, cookie cutter thirty year old. I used to tell my wife, I was going DIE before I turned thirty.

So here I sit, forty-three years later and the only thing I have in common... Read More

Marguerite Carstairs©

Easter Bunny, Meet Chocolate Jesus

I did not even know it was Easter. Someone online said they were going to Melbourne for the Easter break, and I asked if we were getting one too, and was told China does not celebrate Easter, so there was no holiday, so I lost Interest in Easter, as a holiday meant I could have traveled somewhere.

On Friday evening I joined another International Friend for Dinner at the Sofitel Buffet. Now this was a very expensive Buffet... Read More

We see wildflowers all about. We wish that our mundane lives allowed us to tippy toe across the blooming gardens to experience the innocence lost in our aging years. As we grow older, things like imagination lose the wonder that drove it. Perhaps some of us even begin to think of terrible things like Mortgages. But few of us realize that the first word in something like "Mortgage" is "Mort" otherwise known as "Morte", or "Death." Death and Taxes -- the things that Spring brings to us. Such desperation drives the hope of love, and so we seek love here in this season. Love brings security and... Read More

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