A witty company name; “Get Smart” redux?; and Trump’s docs

A few days ago, I saw a brand new, white service van outside my building. On its side was painted a company name in modest-sized lettering:


Heating and Cooling


On my walk through the woods — a short-cut path from West End Ave to Amsterdam — I approached a fragile, elderly man in a wheelchair. He was so slumped over I wondered if he were napping or dying.

Had he been isolated, I might have asked him if he was all right, but several other elderly people were sitting on a bench quite nearby. I figured they had him in their sights.

He wasn’t dying. As I was about to pass him, I heard him murmur, “OK, see you later.”

He was talking into his wrist watch.

I have an honest question. Is there really such a thing as a cell phone watch, or was this guy in a retro delusion that he was Maxwell Smart?


If the classified documents the FBI removed from Mar-A-Lago were damaging, derogatory or humiliating to Trump, he would’ve destroyed them before leaving the White House.

The only reason he would have hoarded those documents was to make use of them — to bribe, blackmail or, most likely, sell them.

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Aquatic animal news

From Harper’s Weekly Review:

Marine biologists said that, because warmer climates have warmed incubation temperature, almost every sea turtle born in Florida in the past few years has been female. French authorities remain uncertain of how to assist a beluga whale in the Seine.

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What’s going on at the local library?

From Harper’s Weekly Review:

“I told her that was the least of her concern,” said a library director in Kentucky after a woman apologized, crying, that historic flooding had carried off her checked-out books; a retired police lieutenant shot and killed a woman during a special police training at a library in Washington, D.C.; a library system in Montana closed temporarily after a stack of books, including Act of Betrayal and The Armageddon File, were returned riddled with bullet holes; and residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted to defund their library after its board refused to censor books by queer authors.

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