Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Celeste Holm, Columbo and my husband Edgar

     First, some back story.  One day, about 50 years ago, shortly after we were first married, I had the time to drive into town and pick up Edgar after work.  My graduate school classes ended early and I had a handle on my experiment on the Retention of an Incompletely Learned Avoidance Response.

     So drove to Broad and Arch, found a legal place to park, got out of our car, a 1960 black 2-door Chevy Bel Aire and waited just a couple fo minutes when fI saw Edgar.  I was standing in the middle of the sidewalk and he walked right by me.  I called "Edgar" and then like in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder, I shouted "Edgar" even louder.

     He turned finally and saw me and said that he had no idea I was coming.  And apologized, and apologized, and apologized.  We still laugh.

     Now to Columbo.  Yesterday morning we watched a Columbo rerun that we had taped on Sunday night.

      The brief preview flashed on the TV screen, and Edgar said "Oh, I see that Celeste Holm is in this one."  Granted, she was a very beautiful and talented woman but, if she was on the screen for 15 seconds, that was a long time.  I wonder if Edgar would have walked by her at Broad and Arch.

     I guess the trick is to capture his attention whcih, after 50 years of marriage, I think I can finally manage.

Blame it all on Goodell

     And I mean everything connected with the Philadelphia Eagles.

     Let's go back to Jeffrey Lurie's purchase of the Eagles.  He was never viewed as a football person by the 31 other NFL team owners.  And, of course, he wanted to fit in.  It seems to me that he sought advice on how to fit in and either paid no attention or received poor advice.

     and then, Tony Dungee, a well respected football person, took Michael Vick under his arm as part of Dungee's prisoner rehabilitation project  And Dungee must have convinced Goodell that Vick, who had served his time in prison, was ready for the opportunity to renew his professional football career.

     And then, in my mind, Goodell called together a small group of owners and asked which owner, in their opinion, would be willing to take Vick.  Unhesitatingly, they must have unanimously suggested Jeffrey Lurie for two reasons - Lurie wanted to be included as part of the owners club, and Lurie did not have a clue as to how a respectable owner would act.

     So Jeffrey Luried jumped at the chance to be one of the crowd, he thought.  He still doesn't know that the owners laugh at him behind his back and think of him as a failed Hollywood movie producer (because of V I Warshafky) even though he won an Oscar for a documentary.  The owners, however, respect his business acumen.

     Now, Lurie is faced with the problem of the "Eagles.  He had a coach, Andy Reid, who was never able to grasp the concept of time management.  In Reid's favor, except for one time, (Akers) he never threw any of his players under the bus.  Reid also had a fragile quarterback, Michael Vick, who has suffered multiple concussions and broken bones.  A rookie quarterback, Nick Foles still has to learn the fine points of being in the NFL.  Reid is also hampered by his own statements that an 8 and 8 season (last year) would not be acceptable and this year he was 4 and 12.

      But, I go back to my original statement.  Blame it on Goodell.  Without Vick,, Kolb might still be at the helm of the offense, or a seasoned quarterback who could actually play the game would be part of the team.

     and now, with the end of the Andy Reid era, and the search for a new coach, Lurie will not cede control to anyone except his trusted business buddies.  Dick Vermeil said no to Lurie 15 years ago and I will be greatly surprised if any established coach will say yes without having a final say in team make up.

Cheaters and Liars Among Us

     I know that everybody doesn't lie and cheat.  I'm puzzled where the ethics are among the people who do.

     I have overheard three different cases.  Blabbermouths don't know about discretion.  One person claims head of the household on income tax returns even though the adult child does not live there.

     One person collects disability payments and works for cash payments given under the table.

     And another person got a doctor's "sick" note for the week of the cruise vacation taken during the school year.  Won't the doctor be surprised when his taxes go up because of that cheating.

     There are minor incidents too, like borrowing a handicap hang tag for a better parking place; leaving a car in a no parking zone and saying "I'll only be a few minutes," and being angry at a police officer for ticketing the car because the meter had expired.

     And, it is truly worth your life to cross a street, if you think cars are going to stop because Pedestrians have the right of way.

     Also, people with serious physical and health problems, like diabetes and high blood pressure cheat on their foods.  the diabetics say that their doctors told them they can have a little dessert once in a while and they interpret that as every dinner, not every lunch and dinner.  And the high blood pressure people who sprinkle just a little sale because otherwise the food has no taste.


Do Not Call

     Is this an exercise in futility?  I have accessed the website at least a half a dozen times in an effort to stop receiving telemarketing calls.  I followed the instructions on the screen and filled out the form in its entirety, and am still receiving nuisance calls.  So I went back to the website and filed complaints against 3 different phone numbers and those same numbers still call.  One starts out, "there is no trouble with your credit card,"  and another starts out, "the FBI . . ." and yet another states "this is a telemarketing call."

     I really thought there were Federal penalties associated with violating the do not call list.  Silly me.  Is this a phantom list and website that provides jobs for favored employees?  Who do no work?