Category Archives: Scribbles

The Tecate Journals

Author Keith Bowden’s superb writing is what carries this extraordinary story of mountain biking/raft- and canoe-cruising of the Rio Grande from El Paso in far west Texas to Brownsville on the Gulf of Mexico.

His encounters with riverside Mexicans, thanks to his fluency in Spanish, are fascinating. Although he had previously lost his young daughter to cancer, one likes to think her spirit was with him over the loneliest stretches of the river’s wilderness.

The urban sections of the river, from Laredo to Brownsville, are equally compelling thanks to his linguistic ability, but it’s the upper reaches of the river where he goes for days without seeing anyone that make the tale.

The Rainbow and The Rose

Three touching and tender love stories by master novelist Nevil Shute who died in 1960.

Wrapped around the intricacies of flying, from the old cloth-covered sport and fighter biplanes to aluminum-sided piston-engine transports. And dreams of all of it that linger in the mind and heart. Worth your time and money.

If McCabe can do it…

Start a GoFundMe for his presumed (not even actual yet) legal fees. Miriam figures she can do one for a new Florida condo.

“I know asking people for a luxury condo is a bit much.  The optics, you know.  So I wont ask for a luxury condo in Fort Lauderdale, which is what was advertised in the Times.  I’d be satisfied with a modest–but not too modest–little pied a terre on the West Coast, even as far north as the panhandle.”

That’a girl. Keep it modest. Just about $400,000 worth.

Via Miriam’s Ideas

Fox is still No. 1

Despite the constant leftist/liberal bashing by CNN, MSNBC, etc. and most newspapers Fox News is still No. 1 in cable viewership after sixteen years. I think that, contrary to what the leftist Mediacrats say, it’s because Fox delivers both sides of the argument.

And doesn’t editorialize and call it news like the others do. Not that its common taters don’t editorialize (and they’re mostly conservatives, except for Israel-hating scumbag Jerry Rivers) but that’s what common taters do.

H.L. Mencken on anti-Trump news media

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” —H.L. Mencken.

Excellent summary of the fake news work of the Mediacrats: CNN, MSNBC, cBS, ABC, PBS, etc. But primarily Certainly Not News.

Murry’s Steaks

Retail is an art. I learned some of it from Mr. Murry, as I always thought of him, though I was unknowingly substituting the first name for the last.

I was sixteen and working jobs on weekends. I had managed a crafts store at a scout camp that summer and learned how to sell. I turned to trying to sell women’s shoes on commission until I got notice that I wasn’t selling enough and would be let go immediately. So I looked up the r0w in the Falls Church strip shopping center and found Murry’s and he wanted a stock boy.

Might have been Mr. Murry was actually elsewhere in the business which had been expanding since 1958. This was 1960.

I paid attention and learned. Handling the frozen steaks, then an oddity, drew people all by themselves. But cooking one on a grill on the sidewalk, which I helped do, made all the difference. They got to see, smell and even taste a bite.

Cook steaks frozen, he always said, even the cheapest steaks eat tender that way. I have ever since.

I also remembered Mr. Murry’s deft management of a few simple principles in what I came to realize was the art form of retail.

Why are all the loudmouths African-American?

My headline , at least, makes better sense than what the Newsweak headline actually says. But, hey, that’s just ol’ Newsweak trying to get attention—clicks, you know, clicks! Since so few (or none) turn the pages anymore. My headline, now, that’s skating on thin ice.