Why I Hate The Internet

There are a lot of things I find annoying in our world of today. But many of my top ten have to do with the Internet. I believe that somewhere, there is an entire room filled with techno-wizards who labor long hours to come up with aggravating tricks to force us to notice ads and, […]

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El Salvador (Conclusion)

(Continuing from last week) After touring this vacant factory building in the El Salvadoran industrial park we returned to our armored tank … er, car as it was beginning to get dark. It was in a sketchy area and I was beginning to become a little uneasy. The problem worsened when our driver went to […]

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El Salvador (Part 1)

In last week’s story, I mentioned being hesitant about visiting Haiti.  This was due in part to an experience I had earlier in life.  In the mid-1980s, our tiny company, Triton Systems, had grown to a dozen or so employees.  We were still struggling to find our way and jumped at nearly any opportunity that presented […]

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Golf Game From Hell

I am not a golfer. I know that and have never pretended otherwise. One time I ran into a former neighbor of mine. He had lost some weight and was looking good, so I asked him what he’d been up to. “Golfing,” he replied. “Oh, I was never very good at that,” I told him. […]

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Getting It Wrong

I know I’m not the only one who has trouble with song lyrics from time to time. I was a grown adult before realizing that the line in “Jingle Bells” was not “In a one-horse soap and sleigh.” I always thought that, in addition to being something you cleaned with, soap was also used to […]

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At The Movies

These days, most of my movie watching is done via streaming services like Netflix, or Amazon Prime. Though I’ve never rented DVDs from Redbox, I do miss stocking up on videos at Blockbuster to cocoon on those cold, wet, winter weekends. Although I’m spoiled by the convenience of watching whatever I wish on demand, I still enjoy […]

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Saying Goodbye

While I have never been one of those who elevate pets to the same level as humans (though I have known several people who I would definitely rank below turtles and most other animals) I have enjoyed the companionship of dogs and on occasion a few cats. Growing up, I had a succession of dogs. […]

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Corporate Expense Policies You (won’t) Want to Consider

When on business travel, I would often write to fill the time. This is the product of one such trip in which you might detect that I was quite bored.  I swear that this was written and circulated at the company as a joke… well, sort of.   MEMO From: Frank Wilem TO: All Employees […]

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