January 28, 2008


Men of Few Words.

Car and Driver’s letters to the editor used to (I don’t know if they still do) feature a letter from MOFW.

Usually a sentence or less commenting on a previous article.

MOFW = Shortwinded.

January 7, 2008


Make it short.

Your time and my time are too short!

September 12, 2007

Why I back in to parking spaces

Back In to your parking space.

It’s safer. You don’t have to look backward when pulling out to see if anyone else is going by.
Just pull straight out.

When pulling into the space it’s better to back in because you’re out and can see what is around you – you can wait until cars pass if you need before backing into the space.

June 30, 2007

The $89 Lesson

Some lessons are free, some very expensive, and some you can put a distinct cost on.

One $89 lesson happened this week on a quick visit from the plumber.

We noticed a gurgling from our garden/jacuzzi tub and thought we had a problem. I googled ‘gurgling tub’ and thought I found out what was going on. Either the vent stack was clogged – or the line to the sewer was clogged. Since we have some big trees in our backyard I figured that the line to the sewer was clogged. I just needed to determine whether it was on our side of the city connection (less $) or on the city side (more $). I called the plumber hoping that it would be on the city side.

The plumber arrived and we recreated the gurgling. He suggested pouring some water down the tub drain. We did. The gurgling stopped. Since we hardly ever use the tub anymore, the drain trap was going dry. A dry trap lets sewer gas up the drain. The plumber smelled the sewer gas and knew that the gurgling was caused by the water in the trap evaporating.

Lesson learned: If you have a rarely used bathroom fixture, pour water down the drain every 3-6 months. This will keep your drain trap wet and stop sewer gas from going back up the drain.

December 4, 2006

You’re The Best in the World!

You are the best in the world at something.

Figure out what that something is and you’ll be full of joy.

Can you be the best in the world at several things?

Yes. But not at the same time.

November 21, 2006

Wine and Beer

I went to the grocery store the other day and bought wine and beer.

CheerWINE and Root BEER.


October 16, 2006

When Are You Done?

Given unlimited time and talent, how does an artist determine when something is completed?

When the last blank spot on the paper/canvas is filled? What if the piece is meant to have blank spots?

How many blank spots do you leave?

If you’re writing a song how do you determine whan you are finished? The last note written down? The last guitar lick added to the tape? The last drumbeat? Can’t you take a beat out and add another almost endlessly?

Or is it the feeling that you get – when you are sick and tired of the piece and you can’t wait until you can say you are finished.. you’re getting real close to the end. Then you need to find the one or two things you need to add to make it a masterpiece… and find the correct location for those one or two things.

Or is this whole thing an unreasonable question – because you can never have unlimited time… and everyone’s talent is limited?

October 13, 2006

One Week After

Got evacuated a week ago. Large chemical cloud over town because a fire was raging over town of Apex, NC.
Town did the right thing to let it burn out – less chance of runoff or contamination if everything gets burned up.

Nice clean air today.