The No-Service Economy

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By Raymond Lesser In the old Soviet Union, people stood in line for hours for the chance to buy a loaf of bread. Here in America we stand in line for hours for the chance to pay for one. This is corporate America’s new business model: You go into a store the size of an airplane hanger, filled from the …[ Read More ]

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10 Cent Beer Night

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Many people my age, including Forrest Gump, have had the chance to witness and even participate in world changing historical events such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, or the March on Washington where MLK gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. I have not been so fortunate but I was at the most famous Cleveland sports fiasco …[ Read More ]

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Why Do I Still Have A Landline?

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I get two bills every month for my landline, one for $47.81 from AT&T and another from my long distance provider for $9.61. I never make any long distance calls from my landline now that we have cell phones that can call anywhere in the country for no additional charges and services like Skype and Zoom that let us connect …[ Read More ]

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What Do You Want Be When You Grow Up?

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Chocolate consultant? Professional bridesmaid? Dog surfing instructor? Fortune cookie writer? These are currently among the top twenty “most amazing jobs in the world.” But what do kids really want to be when they grow up?  I was listening recently to an interview with Anthony Ramos, the star of the movie In the Heights. He said that when he was a …[ Read More ]

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Technical Difficulties

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I’m not really looking forward to a world where my refrigerator counts my calories and tells me what I’m allowed to eat, or my water meter cuts me off mid-shower because I’ve used up my self-imposed quota of hot water. I can only imagine the things that might go wrong when my self-driving car decides to take me to somewhere …[ Read More ]

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Forty Days, Forty Nights, Forty Years

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Forty years ago this month I married my partner in life and Funny Times, Susan Wolpert. As in the biblical saga of Noah it rained for 40 days and nights in the time preceding our wedding. After briefly considering building a boat, Susan’s Mom and Dad instead had a huge tent installed in their backyard in preparation for a continuing …[ Read More ]

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Road Trip

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“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” — Yogi Berra After a year of responsible isolation, echoey Zoom meetings, and hundreds of miles of walking around my block, I’m really looking forward to taking a road trip this summer. Before I had my own car I used to hitchhike to explore the country. When you …[ Read More ]

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French For Dummies

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The pandémique is far from over, but ever since I got my first dose of Le Vaccin I’ve been dreaming about going to Quebec or Paris, or possibly even the French Bistro on the West Side if they ever allow indoor dining again. To prepare myself for that glorious day I’ve been brushing up on my French for Dummies. Here …[ Read More ]

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Once Upon A Time

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Once upon a time there was a kingdom whose king hated kingdoms.  As the oldest son, Prince Bongo knew almost from the time he could talk that he would someday become King of Cheshire. Of course this created quite a bit of sibling rivalry with his brothers John, Paul, and George as well as his sister Scarlett, even though she …[ Read More ]

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

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On the way to Kitty Hawk to become the first man to fly an airplane Wilbur Wright got his pants caught in his bike chain and crashed into a sand dune. Meanwhile Orville spilled hot coffee on his living room carpet, making a stain that never completely came clean. Before Bonnie and Clyde became world renowned bank robbers they spent …[ Read More ]

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