Posted by lex, on November 18, 2020
Who’d a thunk? Guy did a study:
One noted that people who drink alcohol moderately are more successful and charitable than those who don’t
Well, good enough so far, but:
The book’s basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.
Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don’t provide them with enough money.
It might be a good cause, and all. Just needs OPM.*
* Other people’s money.
Back To The Index
Posted by lex, on July 12, 2006
I must be brief: Cleaning quarters ends in five minutes, at which time 2500 Sailors otherwise profitably engaged in dabbing casually at bulkheads with foxtails, standing stoic watch with broomsticks at port arms or gazing thoughtfully upon knee-knockers with sandpaper limply in their hands will rush to the closest computer terminal and check their stock quotes, whereupon all the bandwidth now available to me in lieu of such activity will gently swirl (in a clockwise direction, this being the northern hemisphere) down into that great yawning abyss known as “Server Cannot Be Found.”
I have been enjoying going through the Wayback Machine one more time, combing more thoroughly some of Lex’s posts from all those years ago. I believe that I have come to know him, both in his thoughts and character, as he was typing on that Mac, usually before the dinner bell, most probably with a Martini (vodka martini: Ketel One, up, dry, twist – which is three adjectives, for those of you keeping score at home.) I have even come to consider him as a friend, although I don’t know what he would have to say about it.
One of those posts I recently reposted was something I faced years ago – when that movie came out. Something that Lex acknowledged at the same time as my facing it.
And that readership spike on the 8th and 9th? As my old friend from Syracuse used to say, I have no idear.
Posted by lex, on September 8, 2005
If you’ve never seen the movie, “The Great Santini,” you ought to give it a look – it’s a fascinating look inside the mind and world of a Marine Corps fighter pilot who’s convinced that he’s God’s gift to naval aviation and is intent on dragging his family along for his triumphant ride around the pond. The lead role is played by Robert Duval, who typically, nails it home – I’ve known guys like his Bull Meecham (and in fact, I knew some of the Marine Corps fighter jocks who play roles as extras in the movie). It’s also an interesting, if tangential retrospective on the state of civil rights in the late ’60s south. It’s also interesting how perspective changes – in my youth, I looked at Duval’s Bull Meecham as a kind of example – the hard-living, occasionally profane avatar of heroic fighter aviation. Now, seeing it from a far different perspective, I see the imperfect father struggling with his own demons while trying to hold a family together in the face of enormous (and ubiquitous) centrifugal forces.
Posted by lex, on Fri – January 14, 2005 at 06:10 PM
It’s a cosmopolitan * today. In case you were curious.
- 2 tablespoons of Vodka
- 1½ tablespoons of Cointreau (Triple sec)
- 1½ tablespoons of Cranberry juice
- 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
- crushed ice
- twist of lime
Combine the Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Gently shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lime.
Yeah, I know it’s a chick drink. But it tastes rilly-rilly good.
So sue me.
Oh, and another thing? Two tablespoons of vodka?
Sweeten to taste.
The other day, noticing that my Xfinity bill had just about doubled in 5 years, I went to a local office to see about lowering it. A young woman (funny how all that is relative isn’t it?) went above and beyond looking for “plans” that would lower the bill, and she found one.
Know a definition for “elderly”? One I heard decades ago?
Anyone who is at least 10 years older than you.
Today on the F/B page Lex’s post was about being stationed for 2 years – along with the Clan Neptuni – in Japan.
I do wish he had gotten into more detail about what the Clan did in Japan for those 2 years, but I suspect they took some side trips. Of course now that I think of it they had a baby.
But still, I hope at least they took some side trips.
I wonder if they stayed at a Ryokan? Or took an Onsen? Made any day or weekend trips? Had a meal at a typical Japanese restaurant? Rode the bullet train?
Japan is on my “to do” list.
Computer Backup and Recovery
That was drilled into us from the time I went to a computer programming school in San Diego 37 years ago.
You will have a failure on your computer – either hardware or software – that renders all of the work you’ve done – sometimes for decades – gone.
It happened to me on my old Hewlett-Packard HP 3000 mini computer at work years ago once or twice.
It’s happened on my desktops at home maybe three times in 20 years.
“Billy, as you get older it’s not the miles, but the maintenance”
—- Bernice Wilson, circa 1978
My late Aunt Bernice was more than a friend, she was a wise confidante during my many stays at “The Farm“.
As with many of the things she told me, I came to see the wisdom in this as I am passing middle age.