Two weeks and a day left before my wife and I leave for the Algarve for a month. It can't come soon enough. I glanced at the Egypt-related headlines; ex diplomats and well-regarded academics are being arrested for calling for a referendum on Sisi's regime. It's his smug, supercilious smile, you see, that's driving everyone … Continue reading Ozark

The $1,000 Radio

Yesterday, I went to have a transmission flush for my SUV at the local Ford dealer.  I expected to pay around $200, and ended up paying $1,000 -- for sundry leaks and belts and other machinery that they said needed changing. Now let's keep in mind that the majority of Americans nowadays couldn't meet a … Continue reading The $1,000 Radio