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Halftime

We would be the first to admit that we don’t really expect entertainment of the conventional sort when it comes to Super Bowl halftime shows. We realize that weeks of…

Things to do in February

It’s a good thing that February is the shortest month of the year, because it comes at a time when, let’s face it, the world is just not at its…

Dear Household Karma Company:

First of all, let us apologize for not paying the Good Household Karma bill when it was due. We didn’t realize it WAS due, since the bills are never delivered…

Your call is very important to us

The other day I had the occasion to call the claims office of my insurance company. This is not the same thing as the local office, where people are invariably…

More Nonsense

Perhaps you felt, after last week’s little foray into holiday music, that we were done with that topic for another year. Perhaps you even breathed a sigh of relief. Well,…

Nightmare Before Christmas Carols

It’s three days before Christmas, and the Research Department (Motto: We Do The Thinking So You Don’t Have To), has been listening nonstop to Christmas songs and has come to…

Grammar Police

It’s very close to the end of the semester, and the Grammar Police Department (motto: To Correct and Serve), has noticed a strong uptick in criminal acts against the English…

Thanks for calling Bombast Cable

Thank you for calling Bombast Cable Services, Incorporated. I just want you to know that your satisfaction is my goal today. How may I help you? Well, I’m trying to…

The Beetle, with apologies to E.A. Poe

Once upon an evening dreary, while I pondered, sick and bleary Over many a student essay that could only make me snore, Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone’s…

Antiques Roadshow comedy tour

The other night I watched my first-ever episode of the Antiques Roadshow, in the company of our youngest daughter, who is a big fan. After a painting that somebody bought…

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