Sunday, January 8, 2023

From 4' Snow Drifts...


...to the green, green grass of home.

Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, and it's definitely not my home...but we have indeed gone from four foot deep snow drifts courtesy of the blizzard of '22 to bare ground in less than a week.

And there's no winter weather in sight at the moment.

Sadly, neither is there any sunshine nor warmth on the horizon...just gray, cloudy, rainy, cold and dismal, day after gloomy day.

I'm so happy I could spit...


...but I won't.


Something new...


Not quite the same as Bill Murray's ill fated clock in Groundhog Day...


...but I've always liked flip clocks, so now I have one on my desk.

You can thank Austrian Josef Pallweber for inventing them back in the 1890's, but the modern version we all remember is courtesy of the Copal Company of Japan.

They redesigned and popularized them in the '60s and '70s, though they faded from the marketplace by the '90s due to LED digital clocks.

They're back now...well, sort of...they're available, anyway.

Don't miss 'em while you can.


I've mentioned my hearing issues before...


...and I've decided it's time to do something about it.

It's been this way for years, so why now?

A minor yet revelatory interaction with my beloved highlighted how annoying it can be trying to communicate with someone who's HOH (hard of hearing).

it's all fun and games until you're the joke

The ironic part of this is I heard her the first time but something in my manner - the look on my face, my lack of an affirmation, or whatever - convinced her that - yet once again - she had to repeat herself.

And she did so, in an obviously - and thankfully, uncharacteristically - irritated manner.

In the "straw that broke the camel's back" department...


...that helped convince me it's time, and I've ordered a pair of hearing amplifiers:


These are NOT true hearing aids (read $4k and up); they're amplifiers (less than $150) made by Vomues...so we'll see.

But they are highly rated - #1 sellers in their category on Amazon - with basic noise cancellation and a few other niceties, and I'm hopeful.

Perhaps I'll get out of the "I'm smiling and nodding because I have no idea what you just said" mode and actually start hearing what's happening around me again.

And if that proves unpleasant - there is something to be said for peace and quiet - I can always return them.

Stay tuned.


Parting Shots is more like "see ya in the funny pages" this week:

Watterson is a genius



when you act like a jack ass you might as well look like one






you know who you are







love the look on Santa's face



maybe we shouldn't be carrying Big Brother around in our pockets



This concludes our broadcast day.

it's heartwarming the way the youngest clings to her babysitter

You are now free to go about your daily life, such as it is.

later, mcm fans...

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