NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS-   Do you still make them?  My resolution this year is to not make any more resolutions  except for the following; 

  1.  Never try to return a package misdelivered by On-Trac. (long story)
  2. Try to support local businesses more.  I’m tired of seeing all the closures. 
  3. Get back on the list for Publisher’s Clearing House, which has not allowed me to enter their sweepstakes for several months now. 

Re: 2 above, the latest  local biz to hit the dust is Marcelli’s although the closure   apparently only pertains to the tiny restaurant.  I’m ashamed to say I never ate there! But I have been a steady customer, at Murphy’s,  of their frozen ravioli,  which makes a dandy quick meal,  or the meat ones do anyway.  (I find the spinach ones watery and tasteless)and I haven tried the cheese ones.  Their standout is their SAUCE,  which comes in little  square boxes with a toylike metal handle.  The SAUCE is outstanding and I’m glad it’s not going away.  

@AndrewYang: “Hearing I’m a lot of people’s 2nd choice. This is actually a huge step toward becoming a lot of people’s 1st choice.”

And here’s the New York Time’s take, on the Soiemani  attack, right HERE.  

Sodden Thought:  There are a million places on the planet to be on New Year’s Eve. Where you will never find me is at Times Square at midnight , waiting for that damn ball to drop.  NEVER! NEVER!

That having been said, I HAVE been to Times Square.  That was only four or five years ago, not in time to see the Bad Old Days when it was much more interesting. We stopped outside a Guy Fieri restaurant and didn’t go in.  I admire Guy for his charity,  and I use a couple of his recipes regularly ( have you tried his Pea Salad ?  Recipe on request.) but I have yet to try one of his restaurants. 

Heavy week ahead. Only a little over ten months to the election.



In the worst way, he wants a war. He wants to beat up on some country that can’t really fight back and declare a victory in time for the elections. He’s fired all the military types (“my generals”) who could have talked some sense into him and he doesn’t know enough about statecraft, OR warcraft to be playing with the big boys. Before you attack another country, there should  be a strategy in place. The second-raters and sycophants surrounding Trump at Mar-A-Lago aren’t up to the job any more than he is. and Trump wouldn’t know a strategy if he hit one in the road.  These are dark days. 


MERRY CHRISTMAS! … SPOTTED: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump having Christmas Day brunch at the Ritz in Paris.  Must be nice.  Couldn’t get the menu to download but it looks expensive.

OUR THUG PRESiDENT-  HOW LOW WILL HE GO?  Ivanka’s daddy apparently re-tweeted the name of the CIA employee who brought the original whistleblower complaint about Trump’s attempted extortion of Ukraine in order to get them to announce an investigation  of the Biden family. Trump,  who lives in a world of stoolies and rats, is a low vengeful creature who likes to get his way by threatening.  Thankfully,  the original whistleblower has been under Government protection for some time but  Trump is so dumb, or so vengeful, that he doesn’t KNOW that the whistleblower is completely irrelevant,  now that twelve  other witnesses have testified. This is likely to be the dirtiest campaign in history and, hopefully,  Trump’s last. 

SHORT SHORT RIBS TODAY-  Stay warm and dry and have a safe New Year’s Eve.


Merry Christmas week and wishing all the best to you and yours. Christmas should be every three months or so, don’t you agree? Don’t all answer at once.

Thought of the week, from the WAPO:, regarding Trump and Putin: “One former senior White House official said Trump even stated so explicitly at one point, saying he knew Ukraine was the real culprit because ‘Putin told me.'” WaPo:

AFTER THE DEBATE Thursday the Democrats gathered at GJELINA in Venice. Ugly link but it works. I used to live a few blocks from there, before it was trendy.

ADS I HATE AND ADS I LOVE- I’m taking time off from Christmas to vent about the huge number of commercials I watch on TV DESPITE my being a master/mistress of the TIVO. Here goes: What I hate most are those ads for Kraft Cheese where the little brat doesn’t want to eat the nice salmon his mom fixed. So, to the strains of creepy Enya music, the whole family munches on CHEESE. Cheese is fine but salmon is a lot better for you and it’s important not to let the little brats have the upper hand. This is propaganda aimed at weak-minded parents. I’m also getting real tired of the guy on the Trivago ads. Give him a rest! I hate the ads for King’s Hawaiian Bread where people are snatching the last roll as if anyone in their right mind would eat that stuff. When I lived a few blocks from their bakery in Kaimuki at least the whole neighborhood smelled good but the bread we got there was not the preservative-packed junk they sell over here. Also, I’m getting tired of aging athletes pitching Medicare plans. Mike Ditka? Is he the one who has the steak house in Chicago? Can’t he afford dentures that stay in place? George Forman is another one. He must have more money than God, but he pitches that damn home-repair policy ad nauseam. But here are some ADS I LOVE: I love the Zoltar ads . They are brilliant, ’nuff said. I love the ads where the turkey is quitting smoking. I am more determined than ever to have a turkey in my yard, especially now that I know they have opposable thumbs. I love the ad with the actor who blows his lines so many times the director yells “CUT! We’ll dub it !” Finally, I love the ads featuring Phil Swift and the Flexsteel Family of Products. I want to buy all of them, whether I have any use for them or not.

So, heading into the Dark Days of Christmas, I wish the very best for all of you. Except for Our Thug President. Stay warm and dry.