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Les Berman Weekly #477 Disgusting Indulgence. Hey Mikey ! Big Turtles. and so much more….


After a disgustingly indulgent day, I remembered a commercial from back in the olden days. “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing !” I remembered the phrase but had no idea about the product. And I couldn’t remember when the ad campaign began. So, I did something totally out of character… I did research. Hurt my brain doing that !

 

There seems to be a question about when the ad originated. So we’ll agree that it originated in 1969 or 1970. Right around the same time as that other classic – “Mama Mia, thatsa spic..ymeatball !. And those were both Alka Seltzer ads.

Of course, there were other memorable ads from the olden days that still resonate today, and we can’t remember what the product was or when it came to our attention first. Here are a couple of other mindblowers.

 

How about “a diamond is forever“. That slogan has been around since before the days of the movie. That was actually coined in 1947. The ‘gimme a break, gimme a break’ came out in the 50’s but didn’t get traction until the ’80’s as the Kit Kat bar became wildly popular. Of course, we all had opinions of what was popular and what wasn’t.

 

wasn’t even aware of this slogan – “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux” that came out in the 1960’s. It may never have aired in Canada because at that time, the conservatives in Canada made the bible belt of today look tame. Or, perhaps I didn’t understand the nuance. Nah.. didn’t air in Canada !! By the way, electrolux was a vacuum cleaner.

 

Of course there was the “Hey Mikey… he likes it!” . I never remembered what it was promoting, but I do know that all of us have borrowed that phrase forever. And it really has been forever. That one rolled out in 1972. And just so you don’t have to look it up, that was the promo line for Life cereal. I didn’t have that cereal then or since. So Mikey, you tried hard but you didn’t get me!

 

How many times have we said, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Back in the late 80’s, when Life Alert came out with that slogan, it was supposed to be serious. Then as we matured (we mature, we don’t get old), it became a funny line. Now, that we have over matured, some of you are wondering what would happen if you were to fall and you couldn’t get up. The answer is simple… either stay in shape or get your hip replacement now !!

 

So many of these ad campaigns were clever, or intelligent, or humorous. And so many of them became parts of our daily speech, not as intended of course, but effective for the ad agencies that developed them. “This is your brain on drugs” and the frying egg, always made me want a fried egg. And of course, that started the comparisons to so many other things, such as the day you entered prison and the day you left. But it wasn’t fried eggs. Or “Where’s the beef”.

And one of the best, that’s used in everyday speech, is “what happens here, stays here”. Just insert the city that you want to protect you, and you know it will !

 

In the meantime, have you heard the story of the 10 foot turtle? This one is almost too hard to believe. In 1849, a fossilized bone is given to the Academy of Natural Sciences, now at Drexel University. There were no records of who donated it or where it was found. So 162 years later, a man was fossil hunting in Monmouth County, New Jersey and sees something sticking out of the river bank. He digs it out and sees that it is a fossilized bone.

 

He takes it to the New Jersey State Museum and shows it to a curator who immediately knew thatit was the humerus (that’s science speak for an upper arm bone) of a turtle. Curator humorously suggests that fossil hunter take it to Drexel University, and fossil hunter eventually does. At Drexel, they look at the ‘new’ bone and pull out their old bone. And amazingly, they fit together perfectly. So what are the odds that a 70 million year old fossil, broken in two parts that are found almost 200 years apart, would be reunited. So the scientists, from this one bone, decided that the turtle in question was about 10 feet long. That must have been one fine soup !!!

 

Remember, that when you need money for your financial home (either business or residential), call the guy with the shiny golden dome (that’s me). And the magic number is 818.305.4695.

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Questions that Haunt Me:

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? ( Why  did you just try to sing the 2 songs above?)

 

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July 12, 2014 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, real estate, sports, stuff, Uncategorized, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 9-28 Hospital Rules for Survival. 12 Greatest Weapons and much more…


So, I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the follow up on my surgery. (Your friends will appreciate it if you brush your teeth now!!)  I was waiting for my surgeon to see me in the pre-staging area, when he came in and verified that it was my right knee to be fixed. I said ‘Yes but…”, he paused, as I pulled another sign out of my bag, wrapped it around my head, and he read ” This is NOT a knee !” . Dr. Klapper got a good laugh and a few minutes later, I was wheeled into the operating room and about 20 or more people waiting for me. I thought that was really cool because I couldn’t remember that many people ever waiting for me ! And I couldn’t remember anything after that either.

 

So I woke up in my room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. And for three days, I received amazing care. And I also learned what you don’t want to do. Because a person in an adjacent room did it. He was loud, abusive to the staff, and over demanding. He demanded that food be brought to him immediately, not caring that the kitchen was basically closed. He was so loud that he woke the other patients on the unit, and all of us were complaining about him. And it got worse by the hour. I suggested a special sedative for him – other patients were not quite as kind.

 

Here are some rules for hospital patients: 1. Be nice even if you are in pain. The nursing staff will do everything they can to make you comfortable. 2. Say Please and thank you. 3. Smile (if you’re conscious). 4. Tell the nurses if something hurts and tell them if you’re feeling better. 5. Phlebotomists are people too. If they visit you at 530AM, you can ask them, politely, to come back after 730AM.  They will.  6. The people who clean your room are also people. Thank them for cleaning up after you. They are nice people too !

AND remember that you are lucky enough to be living in a country that offers amazing care. So, if you have lucky stars, count them !

 

Here’s what else I learned. If the doctor says that you need to get in shape for your surgery, assuming that it’s not an emergency and you have more than five minutes, do what the doctor says. I went crazy to get in shape and started distance swimming. My blood pressure went down, actually plummeted. And it was calm all the way through surgery. My muscle tone improved dramatically and it will speed my recovery. And it will speed yours too.

 

OK, so friends came over after I got home, and we ended up marveling at the medical care at Cedars. The wife had a kind of rare thing that caused an audience of medical peeps to be invited for the surgery because of the rarity. Then he had a recent 5 day stay during which it was discovered that he needed a pacemaker.

 

So we decided that we are going to host a seminar, tentatively titled, “Come See My Scars !” Please send me an email and we’ll be sure to invite you. But you must know that you will not be able to show your scars to the audience.

 

As you can imagine, during some of the boring hours, I did find some good stories, the best one being Twelve Weapons that Changed the World. You should know some of them because they are obvious. So take a couple of minutes to contemplate before reading on. Here goes:

– Bone. The act of picking up a bone and hitting someone with it was very early in history. An early example of leverage.

– The Greek Phalanx (750 BCE). This was really cool. A locked in formation that protected the adjacent fighter. Definitely worth investigating.

– The Gladius – (450 BCE – 300 AD) was a 12- 18 inch sword that supplemented the spear and shield of the Roman soldier.

– The English Longbow  (600- 1600 AD) – they finally figured out that it was easier to shoot from far away rather than engage in hand to hand combat.

–  Gunpowder weapons – 900 AD

– Rifled rifle barrels – 1840’s – Greatly increased accuracy.

– Colt Revolver – going from a single shot to a six shooter resulted in the deaths of a lot of people in North America.

– Belt Fed Machine gun achieved prominence in WW1.

– Tanks – WW!

– AK47 – one of the best weapons made – cheap, accurate, functional

– Atomic Bomb – nothing further to be said.

– Drones – the ultimate extension of the long bow.

 

And I’m back at it. For real estate or corporate loans, the magic number is 818.305.4695.

 

Have a better week !

Les

 

Berman’s Factoids of the Week :

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it..

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

 

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October 13, 2013 Posted by | business, general interest, medicine, stuff | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Les Berman Weekly 9-21 Doctors. Hospitals. Procedures. Knees… and much more, of course.


Way back in prehistoric times, before my kids were born… actually in the 1800’s, a guy by the name of Louis Pasteur came up with some interesting ideas. And he got some of his ideas from a couple of doctors who, as early as 1847, had suggested to their fellow physicians that it would be a good idea to wash their hands between patient examinations or surgeries.

 

However, it was de rigeur at the time for physicians to demonstrate their prowess by using the same bloody frock cloaks with detritus of past operations and examinations. Now I’m sure that you are totally grossed out, and, at the same time, thankful that your ancestors survived the doctors. But it does get better.

 

So in the 1860’s, another doctor, Joseph Lister, began to experiment with the concept of cleaning instruments, and his hands, after surgeries. What a strange idea that was ! The disinfectant he used was also sprayed on the incisions. While he couldn’t quantify the success with his experiments, he did continue. And in 1866, a patient was brought to him after having being run over by a wagon wheel (it was attached to the wagon at the time). The badly broken leg would normally have resulted in death but Lister used the disinfectant during the surgery and the post operation phase. The boy survived, the leg healed, and the practice of medicine changed forever.

All because one British surgeon thought it would be a good idea to clean up his stuff before starting the next procedure. So, on behalf of all of us, I send a shout out to Joe !

 

This is important to me because a couple of weeks ago, I started the pre-op process at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It was interesting, to say the least. I went in and encountered reception desk #1, where a very nice lady said that I had to register and to please follow her. And I did. Down the hall, around the corner to the first waiting room. When I was called a few minutes later, all of my information was entered into the computer, verified twice, and I was given a wrist band.

 

I was then sent to the next window, where my wrist band was checked again, and I was told that they were busy there so I could go to another office for the same procedure. They gave me printed instructions, perhaps because guys never ask for directions, and I went out the door, turned left, then right, up the elevator, past Starbucks (yup – right there in the hospital), down the hall, through the doors and then…. I was lost. Instructions were missing and room numbers had stopped. So back I went, found two ladies in white, who told me that the room I needed was behind the construction area. Like I should have known??? So next room. Waited and was called in for the first session of blood testing. My wrist band was checked twice. The needle went in and I dared to ask a question.

 

I said that I had to give a unit of blood for my upcoming surgery – and are you doing it here. No, the nice lady said. That’s a different place. And I said.. you mean they’re going to needle me again??!! Yes, the lady said. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to do it all at once, and spare me more needles. Yes, the lady said. But that’s not how we do it ! OK…..

 

And then I was done. Out the door, past the construction zone. Down the hall, past Starbucks down the elevator, down the first hall, past where I started and on to the next room. I was getting nervous because I had never been drained of my life force before. I said to the woman, after waiting for a while, that I was nervous, that I didn’t want to see people being drained of their life force, and I didn’t want to watch it happening to me ! And she thought I was kidding. My wrist band was checked three more times.

 

So the next lady leads me into a room with all these reclining couches and I was lucky – no one was being drained. Once again, I went through my nervousness with this delightful lady, who assured me, that I would be ok. I lay down. They removed my shoes (I asked for that ). And gave me a warm blanket. And then I said – Wait ! I have to do something… and proceeded to put on a sleep mask so I couldn’t possibly see anything. Ouch ! the needle was in and I was clenching my fist every 10 – 15 seconds. And then I heard these words being directed towards me. The lady said… you’re almost done, and when you’re finished, there are cookies in the next room. And I thought COOKIES !? If they had told me this at the outset, I think my nervousness would have disappeared. Cookies and juice ! Wow… just for being a good boy. Cookies !!! How amazing !!

 

All of this was in preparation for my knee replacement that happened this last Wednesday (this is being written in advance). Because I’m either still in the hospital, or in a drugged out pain killer state at home, you won’t know any more until next week. Of course, with all the pain meds, I may not know anything until next week either !

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

What?? Do you really think you need them this week, of all weeks?? Ok ok…

 

Now that I’m older here’s the rest of what I’ve discovered:

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go
somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after”.

Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

HAVE I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO YOU BEFORE……….??????

 

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October 8, 2013 Posted by | business, general interest, humor, medicine | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 6-29 Rednecks, Snails. Horses. Carbs… and everything related


I think sometimes that I could become the quintessential redneck… sometimes. I like redneck jokes, I’ll wear mismatched or torn clothes (usually at home), and I can make some pretty amazing comments but also normally at home. Of course, I would fail the drinking test,  the fried foods test, and the roadkill test, but I could have my manners retested occasionally by Miss Manners, or by one of the etiquette queens. And from time to time, when listening to some of the redneck story tellers (you know you’re a redneck when…) I will contribute to the line of jokes. I do not have sisters, so those stories would be from observation and just plain guessing.

 

And watching people is so much fun when you have time to waste. I was in Las Vegas recently, and a good part of the fun was watching people. And the most fun is when the shifts change – the weekenders leave town and the Sunday to Thursday crowds arrive. What a difference !! they go from a party all night crowd to a party at the slots crowd. I would really like to see a staffing chart from one of the casinos, comparing a Saturday to a Monday. And I’m guessing that the blackjack minimums are lower as well.

That changeover would be cannon fodder for the redneck comedians.

 

Food habits are interesting too. Recently, a scientific journal said that snails have identified some migration patterns. Snails ??? The snails endemic to Ireland are not related to snails found in Great Britain. Now this is really important to some people – I’m not really sure who but there has to be someone who cares. But there is, of course, a story to this.

 

The snails in Ireland and the Pyrenees share genes not found in British snails. Since it’s improbable that the Irish snails made a slow, slimy crawl thousands of miles long through France and Spain, scientists suggest that the simplest explanation is that snails arrived with snail-eating migrants from southern Europe some 8,000 years ago. They didn’t even comment on how the snails could have made it across the English Channel!  Here’s what it means : the Irish have links to Spain. I wonder if the Irish took to drink (reputedly of course) because the taste of snails was so … uhh.. repulsive.

 

The other thing that I learned recently is that the last truly wild horse is the Przewalski. No I can’t pronounce it. I think I would just say ‘here horsey’ and hope for the best. This breed was on the brink of extinction in Mongolia but captive breeding programs saved it. Yes, you ask, how can it be wild if there were captive breeding programs. Well, that’s another one of life’s great mysteries, isn’t it?

 

Now we all like horses. It’s not optional. We ride them, we race them, they pull our ploughs (and plows), and we show them off. I remember that my kids had a babysitter when we lived in a suburb of Vancouver who had a very big horse – over 17 hands as I recall. The babysitter,  a teenager, showed us photos of when she rode her horse in her house. I don’t think her parents knew but we did ask her not to do the same at our house. But she did take my son for a ride when we was two or three years old.

Horses are like family too. A good friend of mine recently had to put her horse down after twenty years. That’s a very long time to have any kind of pet. And she still misses him terribly.

 

So the interesting thing is that they now have DNA proof that horses became a separate species about four million years ago. Apparently the scientists found some intact DNA in a bone that was in the frozen north of Canada about 780,000 – 560,000 years ago. Then they did some hocus – pocus and figured out some other things. So now we know that horses were around before polar bears (about 120,000 years).

 

This is important to know because more people have pet horses than pet polar bears. Actually, I don’t know of anyone that has had a pet polar bear, but I know lots of people who had pet horses ! I would definitely like to hear the stories about pet polar bears that you have known. And how you interacted with them.

 

An astounding discovery was recently discussed in a report put out by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. They came to the conclusion that diving into a breakfast of pancakes and syrup, or a huge bowl of pasta for lunch, sends you on a wild ride with blood sugar soaring and then diving.  This happens in a four hour cycle. And then you are hungrier than if you’d eaten a meal with more protein and fiber and fewer carbohydrates. They likely spent a lot of money on this study – and it’s something that most of us have known for ages. That’s why we have salads for lunch – so we don’t fall asleep in the afternoon.

 

But can you visualize this? Kids clawing at the walls, shaking at their desks, having severe withdrawal symptoms, and eventually becoming a little more mellow and paying attention in class, except, of course, for high school seniors with bad cases of senioritis ! It is happening. The USDA has mandated that candy bars and chips are out of schools ! And that granola bars and baked chips are in. Sugar drinks are out ! That’s a pretty good start.

 

And what are you doing to improve your personal situation? Check out the link below – the one that says Get Healthy. Ahh.. you likely won’t do it. That’s no fun. OK – I’m going to make it easy and I dare you to click on this link – Get Healthy – and then call me at 818.305.4695.

To my Canadian friends, have a great Canada Day on the 1st; to my American friends, have a great Fourth (on the 4th and 5th)  and of course, be safe with that greatness !

And yes, I still can look after your real estate finance needs. 818.305.4695

Have a better week !

 

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects —www.ObsoleteWord.Blogspot.com

Bookwright: A writer of books; an author; a term of slight contempt — Daniel Lyons’s “Dictionary of the English Language”, 1897

Soda-squirt: One who works at a soda fountain in New Mexico — Elsie Warnock’s “Dialect Speech in California and New Mexico”, 1919

With squirrel: Pregnant — Vance Randolph’s “Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech”, 1953

Zafty: A person very easily imposed upon — Maj. B. Lowsley’s “A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases”, 1888

Queerplungers: Cheats who throw themselves into the water in order that they may be taken up by their accomplices, who carry them to one of the houses appointed by the Humane Society for the recovery of drowned persons, where they are rewarded by the society with a guinea each, and the supposed drowned person, pretending he was driven to that extremity by great necessity, is also frequently sent away with a contribution in his pocket. — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

 

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June 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Berman Weekly 6-22 Shoes. Thread Counts. All Knowing. Get Healthy… and more shoes…


I like to think that I’m a reasonably smart guy. I know how to add and subtract. I know the difference between there, their, and they’re. And I know, and have experienced, the differences between weight and wait.

 

I know a woman who has shoes. Not just shoes, but Imelda Marcos numbers of shoes. Those are her words, not mine. I also know my daughter likes shoes, lots of shoes. And she is very organized with how and where they are arranged. At some time, her husband may be forced to choose between a TV and game room, or a shoe room. Actually, he won’t have to choose: he’ll likely be given the option of not responding to the ‘do you mind?’ question, or saying “what a great idea”. I think he may be allowed space for his four or five pair… maybe!

 

Recently, I saw an ad for sheets. Now, I know a little about sheets. For example, when I went away to university, the sheets I was given might have been 150 thread count. What did I know? I was on my own! No one to answer to, except myself. But I learned about sheets. Quickly. And before too long, I graduated to a better thread count.

 

OK, so we understand that you buy new sheets for comfort. The higher the thread count, the better.. possibly. The old sheets had multiple uses. Packing material, or trash. Those 180’s couldn’t be used as dust cloths – they would scratch the furniture or the car. And the higher counts could be used by the kids as tents, or whatever creative use they could find. So now I have a dilemma: here I am with perfectly good sheets. I do have two sets. I change them even if they aren’t dirty yet. And they are perfectly good sheets – I know one set was 600 thread count. Wow – I do like those!! and the other is likely around 450, and that set predates the 600.

Now I see ads for 1600 thread count. I can’t imagine what that would be like. But even without those ads,I’m asking myself why I would replace a perfectly good sheet set. It’s not torn. Not soiled. Comfortable. I don’t need more packing material and the kids are grown and out of the house. I have all the reasons not to replace what I have. It works. I don’t have to fix something that ‘ain’t broken!’

So I ask you, if you were to ask your girlfriend or wife, or in some cases, both, what would their answers be, I would love to hear their response. I think I know. I think you know. I think we all know. Even you women know. This is clearly the case for “all knowing” response.

 

I told some friends a couple of weeks ago that I know how to disable the economy of the USA within minutes. It wouldn’t require a violent act of any kind or thought. It would be very simple. Send out that magic electronic signal that would disable cash registers. Not the entire cash register. Just the part that calculates the change. I would guess that 95% of the people operating cash registers today would not be able to figure out how to make change. And what would be even funnier – the people getting the change would not know if it is the right amount. I think we are a nation of the mathematically illiterate. Think of the chaos! How sad! Actually, it’s hilarious thinking of that chaos.

 

So, I’ve been in the mortgage business since 1971 – that’s about 42 years. And I’m still in the business.

I have been looking at the health and wellness industry for about six years and recently was introduced to the right company wherein I could get involved as a supplement to my existing business. I was astounded to learn that the quality of natural nutrients in our domestic farm soil has declined to a fraction of what it was even 20 years ago. The genetically modified food scares me. Isagenix is a very fast growing company with sales projected this year in excess of $450 Million. They are expanding in the Pacific Rim as well as throughout the US and Canada. I know you’re interested because you’re not as healthy as you could be. Ask the questions: 818.305.4695. or click on the Get Healthier Link .

Have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Lunting: Walking while smoking a pipe — John Mactaggart’s “Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia,” 1824

California widow: A married woman whose husband is away from her for any extended period — John Farmer’s “Americanisms Old and New”, 1889

Groak: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them –www.ObsoleteWord.Blogspot.com

Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

Beef-witted: Having an inactive brain, thought to be from eating too much beef. — John Phin’s “Shakespeare Cyclopaedia and Glossary”, 1902

 

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Les Berman Weekly 6-15 Washington Stupidity, Dodge Dart, Best Dogs as Pets, Health and much more…


I had to laugh at some total stupidity that was coming out of…. guess where… of course.. Washington. A reporter on CBS Radio was quoting a congressman who was I think,  a member of the NSA – the National Security Agency – oversight committee. I think that this is the Congressional committee that is supposed to supervise the activities of the NSA. And the NSA is the group that collected the phone data from the providers like Verizon, Google, ATT etc.

 

Personally, I don’t care who listens to what I have to say on the phone. I don’t think that anything I do or say could possibly compromise the safety of anyone in the country, or the country itself. I do understand the concern that this disclosure could alert the bad guys. But really, most of these bad guys are lacking some gray matter anyway. The brains behind the major operations are hiding under a rock somewhere far far away. But the guy who blew the whistle didn’t tell me anything I hadn’t assumed anyway.

 

So back to what the congressman said, and I’ll paraphrase of course … ” I wanted to get into the meeting so I can read the legislation that we passed”. My comments to that congressman – your ass is fired you bleeping idiot. You represent everything that is wrong with our political system. You’re in it for the money because you certainly aren’t doing it to help anyone. I hope your constituents vote you out of office.

 

Meanwhile, a more mundane observation. The other day. I saw a mid 1960’s Dodge Dart. For those of you who don’t remember, that was known to be a compact car. My dad was a Chrysler fan. He would not buy a Ford product because of Henry Ford’s virulent anti-semitism, and he just didn’t like General Motors products. I wonder how he would have handled the Kia’s, Hyundai’s etc.

 

So the story continues… a little nostalgia. I came home from school and there was a canary yellow Dodge Dart 2 door hardtop in the garage. That was the car that I had to share with my mother and my brother. My mother smoked like a chimney. And never emptied the ashtray. I did. It was so gross. I think in the 60’s everyone smoked. Perhaps it was leftover from WWII. It was pretty cool because that car was about half the size of my dad’s Chrysler. This was a compact car !

 

The white Dodge Dart that I saw the other day was the same body style as ours was. The only difference is that the 60’s edition today would be considered a full size car. The one I saw was huge ! Have we changed that much. I guess we have. Then I thought about a Smart Car or the little Fiat 500. Either of those cars would have fit in the trunk of the Dodge Dart, and probably would have had room for a table and chairs.

But that yellow Dart was pretty cool !

 

But not as cool as a dog! Nothing is better than a dog. And here is a list of the top ten family dogs according to someone else. #10 is a Vizsla followed by the Irish Setter and the miniature Schnauzer (this dog is THE best). Then comes the Cocker Spaniel and the Pug. #5 is the Beagle, aka Snoopy and the Collie, aka Lassie. #3 is the Newfoundland and #2 is the Labrador Retriever. My brother has had Labs for more than 30 years but I remember his first one best. And taking the #1 spot is the Golden Retriever. This is not my list. If you don’t like it, woof your comments elsewhere please !

 

Health and wellness – this is definitely the strongest growth opportunity today. Watch your email next week for some accurate and interesting insight to the business.

Happy Father’s, Uncle’s, Grandfather’s, Cousin’s or Wannabee Dad’s Day !!

Have a better week !

Les

 

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Jirble: To pour out (a liquid) with an unsteady hand: as, he jirbles out a dram —www.Wordnik.com

Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water — John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist — Kacirk

Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

 

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June 23, 2013 Posted by | general interest, real estate, stuff | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment