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They’re Ravin’

They’re Ravin’

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For all the entertainment bookers and speaker bureau agents who make our comedy shows and anti-theft keynotes possible: They’re Ravin’ ONCE UPON a midnight…

The Impersonator: Double Duplicity, Innocence, Intrigue

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Film options for The Impersonator, by Ann Mann, are sure to be promptly snapped up. I’ve seen the film in my mind, so richly…

Creative shelving

Creative shelving

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My brother-in-law, the self-proclaimed Swedish Okie and country bumpkin, is a book collector. This is only one of his meticulously organized bookcases. Though his…

Boy in park with dog

Boy in park with dog

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Adult: “Nice dog. What’s his name?” “Thermidore.” “Hi Sermidore! Good dog!” “THERmidore,” child enunciates. “Oh, SIR Midore,” adult says. “An honorable dog.” “No, Ther-mi-dore.”…

English as a second language

English as a second language

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Heard at the front desk: “Checking out, sir?” “Yes.” “Hope you enjoyed your stay. Your bill, sir…” “How can I owe $670?” “It’s only…

What currency do you charge in?

What currency do you charge in?

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Overheard at the reception desk on the Queen Mary 2: German gentleman: “Good Afternoon. I have a digital camera with a rechargeable battery——” Receptionist:…

Getting used to robot speech

Getting used to robot speech

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I’ve been listening to essays by George Orwell. Terry, a voracious reader, devoured Orwell after Proust and Vidal, and he’s now working on Paul…

A map of quivering jelly

A map of quivering jelly

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In school, I didn’t pay much attention to geography. This pretty much fits the American selfcentric stereotype. I did eventually learn the difference between…