The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly 2-15 Fine Dining. Living Long Loving. The Olden Days. And so much more….


The other day, while dining at that fabulous high end restaurant, yes, Costco’s Food Court, I sat at a table with a delightful lady who insisted that I was a kid. And I was ok with that, of course. But when she offered that her daughter was 73, I was shocked, because this lady certainly did not look 95. And she told me that when her husband came to the table, that I was not to mention that she had been married for 77 years, to the same guy. This gentleman was a spry 97, who moved like a 70 year old. And he still works part time.

 

She told me that his employer thinks he’s only 75 ! When I asked her for the secret of living as long as she has, and in such great shape, she said that she likes to breathe regularly ! And then she says that she married the best guy in the world. After I left, I recalled a conversation I had with a friend several years ago, after my divorce.

 

Steve asked me how many couples I knew that were as much in love with their spouse as they likely were when they got married. I think that I couldn’t get past six or seven. In the ensuing years, I think I might have been able to add two or three more couples. The rest, we decided, were complacent.

 

This isn’t a criticism but an observation. And I truly hope that you are one of those special couples, and that your Valentine’s Day was special. And that the couple who have 77 years together, also had a special day.

 

On the other hand, I was talking to another friend who had made a deal with his wife. They agreed that Valentine’s Day was over rated and that they could have a great dinner a week later. Of course, if you’re in the path of this week’s eastern and southern snow storm, you’re not going anywhere anyway. And I hope you survive the repercussions !

 

I remember, back in the olden days before cell phones, that there was a snow emergency in Winnipeg, and the emergency broadcast system said that telephones were to be used for emergencies only. I had a date that night so I decided I should call to tell her that I would not make it to pick her up. Her father answered the phone. I asked for his daughter, whose name I can’t remember now, and he said “Are you the police?” uh no. “Is this an emergency” uhhh..”get off the phone” and he hung up. I wonder if his daughter got the hint that I wouldn’t make the date.

 

I wonder if that was a turning point in my life? Maybe I should have become a cop so I would never have another dad-enforced broken date !

And here are a few more things that we didn’t know about in 2013. For women, smelling a newborn baby feels as good as drugs to addicts or cheeseburgers to those just breaking a fast. I don’t know if the smell is before or after the poop. Maybe it’s just the smell of the powder. But I like babies – until the diapers are loaded. A 10,000 year old mammoth trunk found in Siberia still had enough stuff that could be extracted to get the species going again. Heart disease patients with a positive attitude are more likely to exercise and live longer. The most positive patients exercised more and had a 42 percent less chance of dying during the follow-up period. I hope that I won’t ever be the exception to the rule! The oldest globe of the world dates from around 1500. It was drawn on ostrich eggs. I think it may not be edible !

 

Wolves howl to bring lost wolves back to the pack and to express the quality of their relationships. Come on – are their wolfpack therapists who figured this out? Give me a break !  Men howl to express their conquests on Saturday night. No therapist required for that knowledge ! Dolphins apparently have a signature sound that identifies them like a name. Scientists don’t know how they get their names. It’s so simple – how do those dweebs miss it ! The dolphin moms simply get the latest waterproof edition of the baby name book. Everyone knows that – now.

 

If you or someone you know needs money for their business or for a residential mortgage, I am still the guy with the magic number 818.305.4695. Memorize it ! Pass it along ! Make it work for you too !

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Mark Twain.  “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” – Dorothy Parker

“I didn’t like the play – but then I saw it under adverse conditions — the curtain was up.” – George S. Kaufman

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” – Mark Twain.

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.”  – Gore Vidal

“Liberty is the right to do whatever the law permits.” – Charles Monteiscu

“If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.” – Rita Mae Brown

 

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Les Berman Weekly 8-17 Foreign Cars, Super Techie, Olinguito, Dolphins, Corruption … and so much more


I’m sure that, unless you’re totally from another world, you have noticed the huge numbers of foreign cars that are on the roads in the US and Canada. Some of those foreign cars are now made in here, but I’m guessing that most are still made offshore. So, being the advanced thinker that I am, I wonder if they each have a secret device built in, much the way our cell phones do.

 

I think cell phones can be tracked anywhere, at least on TV cop shows they can, so it is logical that cars some how cooperate with someone. Here’s the scenario with one country’s cars. Let’s say that the two Koreas somehow set aside their differences and become one. I know – it won’t ever happen but this is my story, not yours.

 

A bad guy, a super techie, discovers that all Korean made cars that have been shipped to Canada and the US have a stop chip, buried deep in the inner workings of the car. The stop chip is the one that disables the car slowly. The people who designed the chip were kind people – it only will work when the car is going less than 30 mph. Supertechie decides to create  a little havoc, having sold his knowledge to the highest bidder, of course. He enables that chip, and every Korean made car in North America stops running. Of course, chaos ensues, and no one can figure out why only those cars are disabled.

 

Of course, this is conjecture (another big word) but can you imagine this happening. Is this enough reason to buy American – of course not ! But isn’t it fun to think how this could create traffic jams on the scale of Carmageddon forecasts. One could make a movie or TV show out of this scenario. Oh yeah, that’s already been done. Oh well…

 

Meanwhile, in the deepest darkest jungles of South America, a new mammal species has been found – again. They call it an olinguito, about 14 inches long with a tail about the same length. It belongs to that group of animals that includes dogs, cats and bears. Actually, this is not the first time it has been found. There was one at the National Zoo in Washington and then it was shipped to at least five other zoos to get it to mate, unknowingly, with another species called olingos. Didn’t work – and it eventually died in the mid ’70’s. The North Carolina museum is selling olinguito stuffed animals for $15 to benefit habitat preservation. Good old American opportunism at work !!

 

Meanwhile, in the depths of the ocean, there are dolphins that we all think are so cute. They can be trained, they’ve been shown to work together to hunt for food, and they are definitely fun to watch as they swim alongside boats of all kinds. They’ve even been known to protect people from sharks. Recently, dolphins escaped from 20 years of captivity. According to the Washington Post, other dolphins, which had been released when the others were captured, recognized the calls from their old tank buddies, and reunited with them almost immediately. So now, we can safely say that someone has the memory of a dolphin rather than having the memory of an elephant. This is worthy of note only if you have a really good memory ! Huh.. about what??

 

And the five most corrupt institutions according to a survey in 107 countries done by the Berlin based Transparency International are as follows: Police (no surprise); Judges (really??); Public Officials and Civil Servants (I think Washington is right in there with the best of them); Political Parties (I’m shocked); and of course, the citizenry (because they are afraid of reprisals if they report anything). I’m guessing that nothing in this report would have surprised you – well, unless you’re a totally naive ‘do-gooder’ .

And remember to call me with your questions… any questions at 818.305.4695

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

The  moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s  gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy. (Remember Topo Gigio on the Ed Sullivan Show).

Soldiers do not  march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a  vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down. (I just print them – I don’t verify them).

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